Don’t like doing something? Stop NOW!
BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP..
The alarm clock goes off, you reach over, eyes closed, groaning like a zombie, fumbling around in the dark trying to find that damn button. You finally find it and press it down. Your finger says yes, the brain says no. The relief of silence is your first victory of the day, yet the zombie returns as the realisation of what this signals hits you like a hammer.
Yes it’s Monday morning and you have to go to work!
Why would any sane logical person do this? “I must be a masochist” you think to yourself as you struggle to get out of bed.
Yet this is the default start to the day for the vast majority of people.
The crazy thing is that most people start their day like this. Thinking negative thoughts and totally dreading getting out of bed because they know their day ahead is going to be a chore. We have all been there. We have all had a job we hated for whatever reason. So how do we change this?
STOP DOING IT!
Why should you go through your life being bored or fed up with what you do on a daily basis? Its insanity, it really is. I think it was Albert Einstein who once said “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result”.
The problem is we fall into set patterns that are dictated to us by society. We are raised with the belief that we should follow a particular path in life. You know the one. Go to college/university, get a good job, buy a house, settle down and get married, have kids, grow old, retire, play bingo. I mean, who wouldn’t want to retire and play bingo?
We all have our own set of ideas and beliefs, dreams and aspirations. Not only that, we have dreams that fall into two different categories. The first category is dreams we have had all of our lives, maybe since childhood. Some people want to be footballers, astronauts, pop singers etc etc, which is great. Then we grow up and somehow these dreams change to more ‘realistic’ careers like ‘lawyer, physiotherapist or traffic cone maker. (seriously, who makes those things? Is there a traffic cone factory or what?)
The problem again, is that most of us even fail to achieve the heady heights of the second category. We end up sat in an office or in customer service jobs that suck the soul out of you quicker than a lonely vampire. We are often unfulfilled and this creates negative emotions that linger with us pretty much every day of our lives. This of course means we pass it on to our family, friends, loved ones. They can see we are unhappy and over time, this can create problems with our relationships.
Stop doing these crazy things that are bringing you down. You know what you have to do.
I know what you are going to say, that you can’t just quit your job. I mean who does that? It’s immature and reckless right? Maybe you will come up with a ton of excuses such as how to pay the rent or bills. Or you might worry about what your friends and family will think of you. It’s okay, I don’t necessarily mean that you must quit today, but put the wheels into motion today. Think about what you really want to do with your life and take those first steps right now.
In early 2012 I quit my job. For as long as I can remember I have been a slave to the hourly wage. Giving up my time for £6 an hour. Dealing with various sociopath managers and disillusioned people on a daily basis can really bring you down.
For several months I considered handing my notice at my last employer, but those negative thoughts held me back. Worried that I didn’t have anything else lined up. Worried that it would take me another 9 months to find a new job (my last unemployed period). Weeks of frustration finally came to a head when over the period of a few days I was treated like a child by a couple of managers. The next day I handed in a week’s notice and I can honestly say that I had no fear or apprehension about the future. I felt so relieved and free.
My plan, my calling, is to travel. To live in different parts of the world and experience new cultures and exciting adventures. Obviously I hope to make enough money through some online ventures, including this blog, but I honestly don’t worry about that. I just want to make enough to enable me to live life on my own terms. That is my dream.
Shortly I will be doing something that I have always dreamed of doing but was too afraid to try. I will be travelling to a foreign country by myself. To see what it is like not knowing a single person and to see how I adapt to this. I chose Germany because I wish to put the last two years of German language learning into some form of practice. That and they have good beer.
This is just the first stop. I eventually want to actually live, not holiday, but to live at least a few months in every major continent in the world. I say major. I don’t really fancy Antarctica for some reason. Could be the Penguins, I don’t know.
If you are already considering breaking away from the daily grind, then read on..
5 tips to help you on your way
- Have a plan of action. The first step is to actually have an idea about what you want to do. Go with your gut instinct here and just follow the one big dream you have always had but were too scared to try. Think about how you can get started, no matter how small that first step might seem.
- Find people who have done it. This can mean speaking to any friends or family members that have started their own business or maybe look online and send an email to any role models you may have within your chosen field. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and if possible, spend some time with these people. Just communicating and being around people who are where you want to be is inspiring.
- Surround yourself with positive people. This is a very important part of any big lifestyle change. There will always be people willing to put you down for daring to change. If you can, keep your distance from these people and instead focus on spending time with people who actively encourage you and want to see you succeed.
- Work hard. You may be quitting your job but that doesn’t mean you can start slacking. This is where the real hard work begins. Hopefully you are sufficiently motivated to really tackle this head on and put all of your energy into making your new life succeed. The only one who can do it is you.
- Never give up. There will be times when pitches you make will be knocked back. When funds can start getting a little low. When you will wonder “is it all worth it?”. Just know that all successful people experience anxiety from time to time and it is perfectly natural. Focus on your goals and everything will come together in time.
Start thinking about what your calling is. Think about it all day every day. Let’s say you want to start your own business. Go ahead and dream about it. Focus on what you want to sell or provide. Visualise your customers, your surroundings, the money you will be making. Before we can put a plan of action in place, we must first have the intention. Don’t just wish for your dream, but truly believe that you are already doing it. Look at these two sentences.
“One day I want to be a successful vocal coach”
“I am already a successful vocal coach, I just don’t have the students yet”
There is a quote from the actor Will Smith. He said that when he has an idea or a plan, it’s over. It’s already happened, we just haven’t seen it yet.
This is a powerful mindset that all successful people have. To truly succeed you must already be the person you wish to become. I know that sounds paradoxical but when you think about it, it does make sense. To use an example, Successful dieters often have the mindset that instead of wanting to be a thin person, they are already a thin person, just trapped inside a fat body. It creates the mindset that our current reality is just temporary.
We have to believe that this isn’t our lot. That we can do anything we set our minds to. Go anywhere we want to go. Be anyone we want to be.
There is no us and them. There is nothing to differentiate those who are successful from the rest of us apart from one thing. At some point they decided that they were going to take control of their lives and start living on their own terms. It has to be that way.
What is the alternative? The 9-5 grind for another 40 years? No thanks.