Feeling stuck in life, and not knowing what to do next sucks. Especially if you are successful by society’s standards, but feel unfulfilled and unhappy on the inside.
If you yearn to travel the world, learn new languages, meet new people and go on amazing adventures, you have to learn how to set personally meaningful goals, and go after them with a laser like focus.
You need to learn how to plan your travel, manage your finances, deal with stress and anxiety when you put yourself in unusual situations, and do all this without going insane.
This course is your guide to accomplishing these personally meaningful goals, and not worry about what other people think. It took me 5 years in the school of hard knocks to learn all these lessons. But you don’t have to go through the same. I hope this course will help unleash a new you the moment you start applying the lessons I teach within.
What are the requirements?
What am I going to get from this course?
What is the target audience?
A brief discussion of the major points that will be discussed in each module of the course
A short video introduction to the first module
Here is your chance to introduce yourself to other students in the course and let me know how I can best help you reach your dreams and goals.
Introduction to the module as well as what a personal roadmap is and why you need one.
Shows the "creating a personal roadmap" document and describes it in detail in a line-by-line fashion.
My personal roadmap for 2015 - I go through it line by line to show you what an actual roadmap looks like after creation, and how I use it.
Visualization exercise for what you want to get out of this course, what to do if you're not sure what you want, and an introduction to belly breathing
This exercise is intended to be interactive - follow along with the prompts and practice the foundational mindfulness skill of belly breathing
Figuring out what you love, and introduction to the muscle tension mindfulness exercise
Follow along with the prompts to practice the foundational mindfulness skill of muscle tension awareness
"What you Love" part 2, and an introduction to the "treasure hunt" mindfulness exercise
Follow along with the prompts to help make each day more meaningful
The importance of leaving some time in your day as unstructured, and how to best make use of it to rest and rejuvenate, and an introduction to the mindful date night
A description of the mindful date night - it might not be quite what you're thinking of
How to deal with the times when you have to do things you don't love, and an introduction to saying "NO"
I had to practice saying "NO" in the mirror numerous times... this is an example of that.
An introduction to foundational mindfulness practice of thought deflection and how to go about it
Follow along with the prompts to practice the foundational mindfulness skill of thought deflection
How to put the law of attraction to work for you and visualizing your ideal life
How to manage your finances in such a way as to make you happy
Follow along with the prompts to help determine what kinds of ways of spending money would make you happiest, and how to use that information
My actual 2014 budget explained in detail, as an example of how to keep a simple budget via spreadsheet
The wrap-up lecture of this module, also has the Action Guide attached for download and use
Short video welcome to the module
Introduction to the module and discussion of your uniqueness and how to capitalize on it
Introduction to the "voice of doom" that many of us carry around, telling us at length about all the things we can't possibly do/accomplish and how to shush that voice.
Follow along with the prompts to replace the "Voice of Doom" with a healthier response
Always do your best - and when you have done your best, don't judge yourself.
Adapt everything around you and in your life so that it makes the most sense to you, including this course and the information it contains
How to set yourself up for success when starting new projects, as well as a discussion of your ideal "challenge zone" and how to use it effectively.
Always leave a little extra time/energy for the problems or issues that will inevitably come up
Final lecture in this module, also includes the Action Guide as a download
I hope you are enjoying the course thus far, learning a ton, applying it to your life and seeing amazing results!
Short video welcome to this first "nitty gritty" module of the course
A description and discussion of key elements of self-care, which underlies your ability to be productive
How to do the right things at the right times to be most productive throughout the day
A discussion of various time management concepts and tools, including the dry-erase board for to-do list, doing the big scary thing first, the pomodoro method, task batching, and a screenshare demonstrating how I manage time within gmail.
Demonstration of exactly how and why I use a dry-erase board for my to-do list
Demonstration of how I use the pomodoro method to achieve high productivity
How to structure and unstructure your days/times to stay at peak efficiency and still feel human at the end of the day
How to use (and not use) social media and smart phones related to productivity
I walk you through the 100% electronic method I use for personal organization, and also show you how I use google calendar
How to set yourself up for success when planning and executing big projects and achieving big goals
Key concepts for the long-term for avoiding burnout when practicing high productivity
Wrap-up lecture for the module, which includes the Action Guide for applying the concepts to your life to see results on your own terms
Short video welcome to the module
How to figure out your stress type, and how to use that knowledge to respond in the most healthy way possible to stressors
The importance of laughing at yourself in maintaining psychological health, and how to practice it effectively
Keeping yourself in the "yellow zone" with respect to your challenges, where you are learning but not feeling overwhelmed or bored
How regular practice of gratitude, kindness and love can help you maintain your sanity and a more positive outlook on life
The importance of play and potential uses of unstructured time to keep yourself from getting too serious or down on yourself
Final lecture of this module, includes an Action Guide to allow you to apply the concepts to your life
A request for a favor now that you have made it almost halfway through the course and hopefully learned a ton of great material and applied it to your life
Short welcome video to the module
A description of language hacking and my focus when learning languages (communication/conversation)
The benefits of learning languages, and how much of a difference passion can make in your learning curve
The one key concept to apply to learn languages in months instead of years
An example of me early in my Chinese-learning, when I only knew two words/phrases, but used them constantly, all day long, to get better at the language and make interactions smoother
Despite all the sales pitches, there is no "best" program or method to learn a language. The real "best" way is whatever works for you, and it is much more important to get started than it is to pick the "right" method
I show various free resources that really can help you learn just about any language.
The key to making progress is showing up every single day, even if it's only for a few minutes
If you're bored when learning languages then you're doing something wrong. Boredom kills creativity and interest, and destroys your ability to learn.
One of the most powerful techniques for learning and memorizing vocabulary and other language concepts.
How I used the imaginative memory technique while studying Japanese Kanji (pictographs/logographs)
Language and culture are intertwined and are best learned in tandem to enrich your experience, make it more interesting and make it "stick" in your head.
The wrap-up lecture for this module contains the Action Guide to allow you to apply the material to your life and whatever language you are learning or planning to start learning.
Short video intro to the module
Intro to the module as well as a discussion of the foundational emotion-hacking concept I call "Mind the Gap"
How to manage fear
How to manage anger (with real life examples)
How to contain your worry into a manageable amount/state
Work honestly with your sadness
Come to grips with your inner cynic, and send him/her on a vacation
How to manage guilt that you lay on yourself, as well as that other people lay on you
How to leverage gratitude and self-love
Recognize and appreciate fleeting and lasting moments of hope & joy
Discussion of the importance of emotional health in your overall well-being
The final lecture in this module includes the Action Guide to allow you to apply the concepts to your life and reap the rewards
Brief video welcome to the module
Description of travel hacking the perspectives it demands/provides/encourages
How to allow for and leverage flexibility in your travel plans to make sure you are experiencing what is most important to you and will bring you the most happiness
General recommendations for making the most of your travel, whether for 2 days or 2 years
Problems or concerns commonly experienced on the road, such as safety, homesickness and language barrier
Money and budgeting for travel, a word on making money while on the road and the app I use to keep a travel budget.
Foundational travel hacking concepts for scoring free and cheap travel
How to leverage the win-win-win of loyalty programs to score free and cheap travel
The exact spreadsheet I use to keep track of my points & miles program
How to utilize travel credit cards to score free travel
The exact spreadsheet I use to monitor my credit score to make sure I am not damaging my credit with too many credit card applications
The exact spreadsheet I use to monitor the various credit cards I have at any given time
This final lecture of the module includes the Action Guide to apply the travel hacking concepts to your life and start scoring some free travel
How to access my personal blog and email list to see how I use the concepts from this course to travel around the world, meet people and accomplish great things.
Brief video welcome to the module
Foundational Social Skill Hacking concept: we don't see things as they are... we see them as we are.
A step beyond active listening... to creative listening.
The importance of giving and receiving support in different ways from different people at different times to create and take advantage of your social support network
Specific skills on how to handle social bullies, as well as introduction to social mindfulness
Surprisingly effective but simple self-protection visualization to help you manage social bullies instead of letting them manage you and your time/energy.
How to allow your social network to ebb and flow so that everyone gets the support they need when they need it (yourself included!)
Concepts and encouragement for making and maintaining new friendships
Wrap-up lecture for this module includes the Action Guide to allow you to apply the concepts to your life and see results on your terms
Short video welcome to the module
Module introduction and foundational concept of calling things as they are.
Mindfulness application: being in the present.
Discussion of what boundary rituals are and how to use them, preparation for boundary ritual exercise
Follow the prompts to experience a healing boundary ritual
How to focus only on what absolutely must happen right this second, and successfully ignore everything else... until its turn in the spotlight of your attention and intention.
How to recognize when you are experiencing a high level of chaos, and healthy responses.
How to avoid allowing everything building up to a "freak out" moment where you feel completely overwhelmed and like "I have no idea where this feeling came from!"
Changing your perspective to allow obstacles and challenges to be opportunities for growth (as long as they are in your yellow zone)
This final lecture of the module includes the last Action Guide, to allow you to apply the concepts to your life on your terms.
I have lived in 8 countries over the last 5 years, and learned to speak 6 different languages. I am able to sustain this nomadic lifestyle through my location independent positions - one as a sales expert for a medical recruitment company, Trialfacts, and the other as a clinical professor for nurse practitioner students at Walden University.
I left my well paying, but energy-draining job as a nurse practitioner in the US to live this nomadic lifestyle, because it makes me happy. I may no longer be a nurse, but I am still a helper at heart. That is why I have created these Udemy courses.
If you dream of exploring the world, learning new languages, and meeting new people, I invite you to join one of my courses and take the first step toward making your dreams come true.