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Painters always start with a big brush. Using a big brush first allows painters to create the initial overall shape of whatever it is they are painting. Once they have their shape completed, only then do they move to the smaller brushes in order to fill in the details of their painting, bringing their painting to life.
Creating the life of your dreams requires the same thing. You must start with a big brush in order to create the outline of the life you desire. This big brush outline focuses on certain basic qualities of the life you desire:
- Financial independence
- Doing work that you love
- Having a loving family
- Living in a beautiful house in a safe neighborhood.
Once you have the outline of the life you desire, only then do you fill in the details:
- Saving 20% of my income until I have $3 million in the bank
- Getting a Degree, License or Certification in a field I enjoy
- Finding a life partner with similar dreams, values and habits
- Living in Manasquan, New Jersey
The outline is your WHY. The details are your HOW. Like a painter, you build the life of your dreams by reaching for the big brush first, your WHY, and only after you have defined your WHY do you reach for the smaller brush to define your HOW.
Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner and author of “Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life”, Effort-Less Wealth, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”