We’re all guilty at one time or another of sitting on our own hands and holding ourselves back. We tell ourselves that the one thing we know we want to do is “too hard” or that we won’t succeed. We convince ourselves that we are just fine where we are and that we don’t need to change, even if we know that the change would likely be for the better.
That is how I felt when I had the opportunity to end my 15-year career in law enforcement and pursue my passion and become a full time writer instead. I had always dreamt of sitting in my comfy home office, seated before my glorious wooden desk, spending my day drinking piping-hot coffee and typing word after heartfelt word, but now that I had the chance to do it, I was afraid. I started to question myself and what my heart had always been telling me.
Do I stay right where I am, in a job that satisfies me overall and gives me a government paycheck every other Friday, or do I make the leap in an effort to live a more fulfilling life and have unlimited income? Am I cut out to be a successful writer, or will I fall viciously on my face, while the world around me laughs at my feeble attempt to achieve my own “stupid” dream?
The idea of change makes you ultra-sensitive to the world around you, like when you go to the ophthalmologist for your annual eye exam and he dilates your eyes. Your sense of vision is extremely acute; so much so that the things that normally cause you pleasure, like the bright rays of the sun, now seem to make you wince in pain. The world is the same as it always was, it just affects you differently, more intensely, which is frightening.
It is this increased sensitivity that can lead you to make excuses in an attempt to talk yourself out of pursuing a career that would be more fulfilling. You may tell yourself that you “can’t” do it or start to list all of the hurdles that stand between where you are now and where you want to be. You turn them into justifiable “reasons” as to why you should stay as you are.
You try hard to convince yourself that it’s more practical to stay where you are. Where you’re comfortable. Where everything is a known. Where everything is okay. But why settle for okay when you can have GREAT?
I decided to make the huge career move and pursue my goal of being a full-time freelance writer and while it has taken a lot of hard work and energy, I’ve loved every scary, nail-biting step of the way. I’ve gone so far outside my comfort zone that I’ve often felt like I was in a different world. I’ve finally released the hold my excuses had on me and I’ve never felt more alive.
How about you? Are you ready to quit making excuses about why you shouldn’t start your own business or franchise, and start to live the life you’ve always dreamed of? Make the choice to change your life. It will be the journey of a lifetime, that is for sure!
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