I have bought 5 homes in the past 20 years. I know a lot about the process. After all, I do it every 4 years. Which means every time you watch the Summer Olympics, vote for president, or admit you were wrong, I am buying a house.
The critical first step to buying a home is considering how much you can afford. You start with a price range, that includes the minimum and the maximum amount you would spend. You know, like something between $200,000 and $300,000. Ish.
Then you shop for your home. The final price of the house you buy falls in one of two places:
A. At the top of your price range
B. Above the top of your price range. (Am I right?)
The challenge is that once you see how good the homes at the top of the range are it is hard to settle for anything less.
Applying this to the rest of your life.
To maximize your life, approach it the same way you approach purchasing a new home.
This means that you should have minimum expectations for your life. And you should have maximum expectations for your life. This includes relationships, careers, adventures, investments, health and anything else that leads to your happiness and sense of achievement, accomplishment and fulfillment. (Basically all the ments.)
Then, like with the home buying example, push yourself to the top of your range. Or beyond. Don’t settle for less. Always strive for the upper limit. Because when you do, you will often find yourself above it.
Imagine what you are capable of at your best. Then don’t settle for less.
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