First Two Chapters of Creating lifestyle

Creating Lifestyle by Mike C. Smith

Creating Lifestyle

First Two Chapters of Creating lifestyle

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Introduction to Creating lifestyle – the way you want it…

I believe most people want things to be better than they are.

Some dream of a lifestyle of wealth and all that it can bring; others want a simpler way of life. Many are creative and some are content; a few are leaders and there are those who love their work while yet others hate it or simply put up with what life has thrown at them, marking time until they are old enough to collect their pension.

For many, their perspective has been molded by how they were raised and a good percentage are trapped in a rut they or others have created.

Fifteen years ago I wrote an article that showed how, in our minds, we are trapped inside a bubble. A person’s bubble is the world they live in. They can’t get out of their bubble into another better one because they are stuck, they are in a rut and they don’t know how to get out of it.

History has shown us that our world can and does change. Unfortunately, too many times we have change forced upon us by illness, redundancy, loss of a loved one, natural disasters, war, accidents to name a few.

So how can we control our own lives and not allow situations to force us into change?

At the time of writing this book I’ve been reading one of Donald Trump’s books, “Think Big and Kick Ass.” In it he states, “It is good to think big. You will not get anywhere unless you create big dreams.”

So the first item on your agenda should be to have a dream and, believe me, you won’t get it watching TV for hours on end, that will only serve as a killer of creativity. Read books instead, books that will inspire you, and feed the creative side of your brain.

Many great people have passed by this life and left a legacy for us to follow and take advantage of. Many people write books; create videos; speak at seminars, inspiring you to dream great things.

What is your dream?

Far too many people simply don’t know, they don’t have a dream, or not one that they can believe in. They are like ships sailing out of harbor with no captain at the helm; helpless, ending up wherever the wind takes them.

Okay, you may ask, `How do I dream? How can I steer my own ship?’

Let me tell you a little of my background.
When I left school  I lacked self-esteem  had no confidence. While I did not enjoy school I did have one teacher who taught geography and he inspired me to travel. Thanks to him and the many hundreds of folk I have met along life’s pathway, the education I got was from life experiences. Since a very young man, I’ve been fortunate to have travelled around the globe many times and visited dozens of countries.

I have read many inspiring books, attended countless seminars and lectures and, for the greater part of my life, I have run my own businesses.

In creating the life style concept I have used my own life experiences as well as what I have observed from others, past and present.

What you will get from this book is a wide range of topics that will give you ideas on creating a lifestyle that you will enjoy,  and how you can take advantage of the talents and gifts you have.

I hope you will enjoy this book, but better yet, find what you’re looking in creating the life you want.

 Chapter 1

Did you know…?

When we were children, we could eat practically anything, i.e. loads of sugary foods, fats and Trans fats, and we burned off the calories because we were running, jumping, restless, always on the move.

Then we grew older; we kept eating the same foods and our metabolism began to slow. However, since we were no longer running, jumping and being constantly on the move, those rich sugars and carbs started turning to fat. Our weight gradually increased and, before we knew it, we had a weight problem. At first we ignored it but before long it could no longer be ignored so we began to worry about it.

In our 30’s and 40’s we tried dieting, with some success.

We began to eat more wisely and joined gymnasiums, or set up walking/ jogging programs that suited our busy lifestyles. Unfortunately, when we reached our weight goals we took our eyes off the scales and the pantry and, because we felt we had done the weight loss thing now, went back to our old habits – high carb meals and lots of sweets – the things we had been raised on and still enjoyed.

Time marches on and, nearing 50, our weight then became an even greater problem. The risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke suddenly loomed. But we are creatures of habit and, while feeling a little concerned, the effort of dieting again just seemed too much to bear so we looked around for short cuts, convincing ourselves that if we did certain other things, like take a short walk every other day, and reduce our fatty foods intake, we would be okay.

So all goes on as normal until the day a chest pain struck

Blood tests reveal a high cholesterol level and we are told we are at risk of the arteries around the heart blocking up. More tests follow.

In the meantime we are told to avoid sugar and fatty foods and to exercise daily – not just a 20 minute stroll, something a bit more strenuous is needed. The trouble is we don’t really know when many of the foods in our supermarkets have excess sugar or fats in them. Fortunately most products (thanks to government regulations) have the levels of fats, carbs and sugar content printed on the label but still the problem remains of what do we eat for our condition? We are told that we are at risk of diabetes and this could affect our eyesight and open the way to many other health complications.

They say that by 2020 half the population of the USA will have diabetes.

To forestall something so dreadful, we need to do something now. But what?

We can start by listening to our doctors and then we need to recreate our lifestyle; this time we are not playing games with our health, we are here for the long haul. It is no longer that we just need to lose a few lbs/kgs and we’ll be right Jack.



Chapter 2

Finding a hobby

Do you ever feel like you’re most productive when you have a million things to do in a matter of hours? But when you have only one or two things to do in a matter of months, you are decidedly less productive? It’s called procrastination, and it’s a spirit that should only be consumed in moderation.

You’re hard-wired to respond poorly to boredom. Lack of personal enrichment and mental stimulation can eventually bring on listlessness, lethargy, and even depression. Has it already?

Let’s say you’re in the first weeks of a planned retirement, and you’re suddenly ill-equipped for the screeching stop to the hectic habits of years of employment. Perhaps you’re unemployed or were shuffled unexpectedly into early retirement. Maybe your children have fled the nest and you’re flailing around for a sense of purpose. What’s the answer?

Well, what it’s not is shuffling around in your pajamas becoming abundantly acquainted with daytime television, or staying in bed late, or playing games on your mobile phone.

Finding a hobby is a process of trial and error, but it shouldn’t be a process of self-doubt. Find your own stride and your own talents and embrace this remarkable time in your life when you actually have the chance to pursue something new.

Get creative

You’ve got sparks; make fire with them. Are you a writer? Start journaling. Draft a short story. Dig deep for the first chapter of that novel you’ve always wanted to write.
Are you a reader? Get a library card. Read about the culture of another country, a biography of an admired leader, a history of an ancient dynasty, or a good old-fashioned guilty romance.
Are you an actor? Join a community theater company. The stage needs players of all ages and physical descriptions; you might be the missing piece of the cast.


Get active.

It’s a gorgeous world out there. Fresh air and exercise make up the world’s oldest prescription for good health.
Take up a new sport. Walk or hike. Get a guide on identifying local wildlife. Learn about the patterns of migratory birds. Set up a bird house, hummingbird feeder, or bat house, and enjoy the creatures that visit.


Get productive.

Finding a hobby can also bring you closer to your loved ones. Learn to garden for healthful harvests or for more beautiful surroundings. Learn to cook for yourself or for family or friends. Laugh at your own mistakes. If you burn your first gourmet meal to an inedible crisp, take a picture of the disaster and move on. Become an expert on your family genealogy. Pore through the history of your ancestors; you might find that your talents are inherited.



Get somewhere.

What do 99 per cent of these ideas have in common? The majority of them are absolutely free, and the rest will cost you very little. You can focus on a main hobby, but you can also dabble as much as you like in others. A main hobby should be a source of joy and motivation first, but what if it became lucrative down the road? Once you know what you’re doing, you might even find the beginnings of a small business, a new lifestyle.

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