Stepping in Quicksand
How many times have you found yourself wondering what life would be like outside of the cubicle? Immediately after this you feel a little bad because you don’t really “hate” your job. You list all the reasons out in your head why you should be grateful to be employed, the benefits of getting a paycheck every two weeks, etc. Just a heads up….you are in the comfort zone. You have to be so careful when you find yourself here because it’s a very dangerous place to reside. Before you know it you have been working in the same job for 20 years and find yourself wondering what you have really accomplished with your life. Realizing you are in this zone is almost as important as getting yourself out.
Getting out and moving up
Look at it this way….is the job you have now something you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life? A majority of people would say no. In fact, the thought of having one job throughout your whole career is pretty far fetched. As Carrie Wilkerson, The Barefoot Executive says “Job security is right up there with Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy…..it doesn’t exist.” It’s always important to have a plan B even when your in situation you don’t necessarily hate. We are all blessed with talents and gifts even if we don’t realize we have them. Our responsibility lies in digging down deep, finding those talents, and using them to better ourselves and the lives of people around us. I am an introvert by nature, don’t like big crowds, and have never felt very confident in anything I do. However, I’ve known for a while that I want to be the one in control of my life and I know I don’t want to be “stuck” for the rest of my life. Creating this website and blog are the very first steps to reaching my goal of freedom. Each and everyone of us has that inner drive to be free and to live life on their own terms. It just takes awhile to wake up.
Taking the first step
Change is never easy. In fact, it can seem nearly impossible depending on how we look at it. But the journey, no matter how hard, is always worth it. We’ve all heard the quote, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” If we ever expect to become more than what we are, or have more than what we have it is imperitive to take action. Start by making a list of goals. You can make these as small or as big as you want, just as long as you write them down. My 10 year old just came home with her list of short and long term goals. My first thought was, either she’s getting sick of the goal setting talks we have, or maybe some of this is sinking in! The point is, if a 10 year old can do it, so can you. No more excuses. Seriously.
You aren’t alone in this journey
If you are at all serious about making a change in your life, you don’t have to do it on your own. As I’m finding out, there are so many wonderfully helpful people out there who want to see you succeed just as they have. Connie Ragen Green is one of those people. Connie had been online since 2006 and has built a successful online business. You can find her at www.hugeprofitstinylist.com, She recently wrote an article which touches on the “paycheck comfort zone” and I think you will find it very beneficial to read in the following link http://www.hugeprofitstinylist.com/quit-your-job/. There are tons of resources that will help you find the inner courage to make a decision and make a change.
www.illuminatedmind.net - this website is for anyone wanting to lead anything but an ordinary life. Jonathon Mead provides his audience with helpful information, encouragement, and the coaching necessary to cross the line between dreamer to doer.
Quitter – Jon Acuff
48 Days to the work you love – Dan Miller
Crush It- Gary Vaynerchuk
What does your tomorrow look like?
Unless we are psychic, no one really knows what the future holds. However, we can have a hand in determining how far we go or how “stuck” we will stay. If you don’t try you will never know. Living a life that provides a better future for yourself and those around you is a true measure of success. How far will you go?