Do you dream of having the ultimate freedom in choosing the lifestyle that is best for you? Do you dream of living a life where you decide what hours to work? All this can be possible, and with the right mindset you can reach this point.

But before you can reach that point, you must focus all your attention, intention and all your free time in learning new skills that will help you on your journey. If you have a 9 to 5 job right now, you only have approximately 7 hours, from roughly 5 pm to midnight, in which you can work towards your dream. What you decide and chose to do with these hours will influence your future.

Focusing on these 7 hours of free time is crucial, all your decisions matter and productivity will impact your learning curve. Choosing to read and learn new skills instead of wasting time watching Netflix can be the difference between win and fail.

Often, we hear stories from the most successful people and all seem to have one thing in common; they never wasted their precious time, they worked towards their goal, and they never stopped learning the necessary skills for their success.

Decide what your goal is

Knowing exactly your goal will keep you on track and you will have a better understanding of the skills you need to master. Having a schedule could be an excellent way to organize your free time efficiently and it will be easier to keep working on your goal this way. Before even starting the process, you must decide what future you want for your life.

No matter what your goal is, all can be achieved if you work towards it in those 7 hours of free time. Keep in mind that all this time is yours, it’s a time in which you can improve, learn, exercise, start your own online business, it doesn’t matter; you can achieve anything you wish if you use these hours in your advantage. Find that dream, find that motivation, find your passion, find your goal and work towards it!

Always remind yourself about your goal

After a long and tiring day at work or college, our minds will seek all the ways to sabotage us on our journey. Stress and lack of sleep can take a toll on our minds, and we will need to remind ourselves about our goals constantly. That business you want to start won’t start on its own and it’s your responsibility to keep yourself on the right path.

Wanting to be unproductive after finishing our work is normal and sometimes hard to fight, but this is where the mindset comes into play. Our minds can trick us into procrastinating, playing video games or watching movies. But, with motivation, our minds can become powerhouses for our goals, and using this to our advantage can set into motion the right circumstances that will change our life.

Invest these 7 hours in improving yourself

Reading about how to start your own business will set the foundation for your future business. With access to audiobooks, you can continuously learn new things while you are on the go or doing daily chores at home. Regardless of what your responsibilities may be, there is always a solution to win a few hours to self-improve.

If you have no idea how to start working on your business, then you can always read or listen to books of successful people that will elaborate on how they approached the beginning of their business. Or you can enroll in online courses that can be completed during these 7 hours.

Even the smallest improvement is better than none and even if you feel you haven’t done much during your free time, don’t panic. No business or dream has been reached in a short period of time!

Balance is key!

In life, we will have periods of low motivation and no desire to put extra hours of work in our goals. It’s perfectly normal, and we must understand that overworking can lower our ability to concentrate, and we need breaks to relax too.

Indulging with moderation in video games and movies will not sentence our goals to fail. Watching a good movie or playing an engaging video game, can be sources of inspiration for as long as we are aware of how much time we invest in them.

Our minds need time to relax and detach from all the stresses of the day. Exercising had been proven to be the best stress relief, to improve our mood, relax and keep our bodies healthy, so including it in our schedules will help us in our goals.

Meditation is also an excellent way to relax and reflect on the challenges that we encounter on our journey and can be a powerful tool for finding solutions to overcome them. Balance and moderation go hand in hand and are vital components of any successful story or business. Finding a balance between relaxation and work will be more efficient than overworking 7 hours a day, every day.

But what if I fail?

Failure, the dreading fear that can influence us almost to the point of giving up. It makes us believe that even the smallest mistake will be our downfall. Never believe that you are unworthy of your dream if you haven’t finished a project at the exact date that you predicted or if someone else succeeded already. 

Instead, use those mistakes to learn from them, to grow, learn what to avoid and how to treat certain situations in the future. Don’t let small errors to crush your self-esteem and self-worth because our mistakes don’t define us.

Be mindful of how you use your free time and success will shortly follow.