Are you getting tired of the 9 to 5 “rat race” ? Are you thinking about chucking in your job to start your own business? Do want to find an alternative to slogging into work on the tube or being stuck in commuter traffic? Would you love to find a way to raise your family and do rewarding work at the same time. And, hey, wouldn’t it be great to profit from your own ideas? Wouldn’t you love to be able to get up in the morning with a smile on your face and look forward to doing the work that you love.
We are trained from a young age to believe that getting a job is the safest and easiest way to earn money, and I’m here to tell you that is not necessarily the case. Just ask all the people in the financial services sector that have just been laid off how secure their jobs were. Self employment, creating a business or freelancing offers you more opportunities to take your career in the direction that you want on your own terms. Is it easy? Sometimes yes, sometimes no, but I can guarantee you that it’s not as hard as you might think.
But, before you pack your bags and throw away your salary, let’s take a look at you, what you want your future to be and whether you are really serious about making some changes to meet your goals.
Are you ready? Are you committed to changing your life for the better, and into the one you want it be. So let’s get started.
Realising your potential
Did you know that you have the potential to do and be anything you want? People have different perceptions of the ideal life, and it ranges from obtaining financial freedom to as simple as owning a new pair of sneakers. Unfortunately, many fail to reach their aspirations because they can not get a solid, clear picture in their mind of what they want.
Take the next few days and embark on a fact-finding journey that will be a life-changing experience. Get a pad and pencil and start with this first step:
Finding out what you want
Be specific in your passions, then focus all your efforts on that particular desire.
Those who always change their minds and those who give up easily when the going gets tough will never get anywhere. If you’re a bit confused and aren’t sure what you really want in life answer these questions:
1. What makes your heart beat with excitement?
2. What makes you happy?
3. What are you constantly thinking of day and night?
4. What do you want to do with the rest of your life?
5. What do you enjoy doing?
6. What are your obsessions?
7. What things make you jump for joy?
Write down all your possible answers to the above questions. Write down everything, no matter how silly or unimportant it seems. Put all your desires on paper that answers any of the above questions.
When that’s done, go back and circle five to seven items that interest you the most. Then evaluate and choose with your heart, not your mind, the one and only thing worthy to spend all your time and resources on and that will bring out the best in you.
Don’t worry if your dream appears too ambitious, no matter how “pie in the sky” it seems, it is really important to USE YOUR HEART. Listen to your intuition and trust your instincts. Because most people are not brave enough to do the same, you may meet with some resistence from the people around you but you should be firm with what you really want. You should concentrate on what you want, not what others want.
Remember you only get one shot at living your life. There are no replays and you don’t get to do it over. You may not necessarily get everything right the first time and you might need a few go’s but at least you are having a go. Too many lives are being lived in quiet desperation waiting until – until they had saved a nest egg, until the children are out of school, until I retire, and they depart this life before “until” ever arrives.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson
Then spend a few days evaluating how to make it possible and make a living at it. Begin living every day as if it were the last day you had – never leaving anything to be done next week, next month, or next year.
There will always be bills, things will always break down eventually and need replacing, there may be storms and earthquakes and repairs – but there will only be one life for you to live. It can’t be put on “hold”!
The final outcome of your efforts may be in the future, but you’re living each day by taking steps toward that outcome.