How often do we complain about not being able to do what we really want to?

Have you ever been guilty of silently muttering to yourself any of the following:

“This job sucks… if I had more money, I’d quit so I can travel the world and help improve the lives of others!”

“I don’t mind what I do… but it’s definitely not my passion. If I had the freedom to pursue my passion, my life would be 100 times better!”

“I’d love to do more of what truly inspires me, but I just don’t have the time! If I did have more time, I’d create more of what I love doing the most. And I’d be happier for it.”

Sound familiar?

When we stop to think it about it, how often is the solution to our problems “more money,” “more freedom,” and “more time.”

We always assume more free time will equal more productivity but often that isn’t true. I personally tend to get much more done when I’m busy.

When we dig deeper, we find that these aren’t solutions, but excuses that we repeat to ourselves  rooted in fear.

We create a fictional set of conditions that must occur for us to act. We create them because then we can feel better about currently not following through on our desire to make drastic changes in our lives.

Often times, what we actually struggle with is not knowing exactly what it is that we want.

In this world of 24/7 news cycles, deceptive television programs, distracting advertisements, and ever-present social media feeds constantly attracting and diverting our attention in a million different directions, it’s become increasingly difficult for us to simply figure out what we really want in the first place.

That’s why it’s crucial for us to define what we want out of life and how we plan to contribute, as soon as possible, so that we begin building our own dreams and not wasting our time building someone else’s.

And that’s why I was so excited to share with you a simple tool that helps us to figure out what we really want and propels us to accomplish some incredible goals.

Now, I want to take you a step further… I really want to give you proven strategies and deeper psychological insights to help you get more of what you want in life.

That’s what Practical Idealist is here for —  to equip you with practical ideas to achieve your worthiest ideals (like achieving big goals NOW!).

I want to introduce you to my friend, Dr. Chris Stout.

Dr. Chris Stout

Dr. Stout has achieved more in the last 20 years than many people DREAM of accomplishing in their ENTIRE LIFETIME.

Dr. Stout has been listed as 1 of the 10 most frequently cited psychologists in the U.S. (pause to think about that… he’s absolutely among the best in the world at what he does!); he’s been interviewed by Oprah and seen all over news networks such as CNN and NBC; he’s written over 37 books, including his guide for doing more of what matters called Meaningful Productivity; and he’s served as a consultant to the White House and has been invited as 1 of 100 global leaders to advise on various issues impacting nations all across the world.

But here’s the thing…

Dr. Stout didn’t start off a step ahead of everyone else or with a ton of money (quite the opposite actually).

He used a very specific, systematic and proven process to enhance the quality of his life and achieve goals he wouldn’t have even dared dream about years ago using a tool called a Life List.

During our conversation, he explains how you can use this tool to accomplish some of your biggest goals in life, too.

In this interview, you will learn:

  • 5:00 – Why his biggest accomplishment to date is the key for you to enrich your life experiences (did you catch it? It’s subtle and may seem trivial, but it’s highly important)
  • 10:30 – How simple, basic goals like “doing fun things” evolved into massive accomplishments like growing a center to a globally-recognized non-profit
  • 13:15 – From humble beginnings (childhood obesity, loss of his home, and the divorce of his parents) and why writing down your goals is the best way to turn your dreams into your reality
  • 21:45 – Why being unmotivated and unclear on your goals in the past won’t preclude you from achieving more in the future
  • 24:55 – Why you need to create your Life List NOW! And why New Year’s Resolutions fail where Life Lists don’t
  • 26:50 – The simple way to reverse engineer your outcome to accomplish any goal you desire, and how meeting a guy in Tanzia turned into a the development of a kindergarten school for AIDS orphaned children
  • 30:52 – About self-limitations and 1 question you can ask yourself or others to get to the core of what you want to do and why you want to do it
  • 35:00 – The BIG 3 of what you’re actually doing when creating your Life List & why you’re achieving goals GREATER than what you set out to achieve in the beginning…

Enjoy the interview!

follow-up with our guest

Dr. Stout has offered the readers of Practical Idealist access to his resources and knowledge. (USE IT, GUYS AND GALS!!)

In order to contact Dr. Chris Stout directly, you can send him a message at his web site Just click “Contact Us” at the bottom of the page; it’s how I contacted him for this interview!

You can also check out his book Meaningful Productivity here on Amazon.

He’s made himself accessible to this network of readers, so that you can gain more from our conversation above.


What’s one thing you can take away from this interview that you can use to achieve YOUR biggest goals?

Let me know in the comments below!


Liked this article? Great! Sign up to get updates (it’s free).

100% Privacy. No Spam. And it's FREE!

The following two tabs change content below.
Robert James Collier is the founder at Practical Idealist where he shares practical ideas to achieve worthy ideals.