Doing something worthwhile requires drastic action
If you want to make a significant change in your life you have to approach it seriously: with purpose, drastic action, and an unwavering sense of direction.
You want to take that big trip, or save up for a 20% downpayment for your next house: begin cutting expenses today and setting the money aside. And do so drastically. Get rid of everything that is not a need. Go back to the days of a cash budget (envelopes). Determine a few ways to create extra income.
You want to be present more, waste less time, and save more money: ditch your smartphone and go back to a basic phone. Cut the cord and stop paying for TV (and read more books…from the library).
You want to write a novel: sign up for NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words in 30 days. Cancel every evening and weekend activity (except for Thanksgiving) so that you can focus on reaching your goal of 1,666 words every day.
You want to switch jobs, and maybe even get into an entirely different industry: stop wasting time in the morning and evening doing unrelated things. Give a few hours every day towards preparing for your next job.
The point is that things aren’t going to happen if you keep things the way they are now. And if you want to accomplish significant things you have to make significant changes.
As they say, “nothing worth having will come easy.”
Be serious about accomplishing that which you want to accomplish. No one else is going to do it for you.