Do you hate your corporate job and want to leave?
Do any of these describe you?
- Your job is only good for the paycheck
- You have bigger aspirations then can be fulfilled working for someone
- You’re tired of having to deal with the rules, regulations, and politics
- You want freedom and independence, and to live on your terms
- You have ideas you want to pursue and things to create
- You want to be free to make more money
If you said yes to any of them, then why are you still there? What’s stopping you from moving on. Why aren’t you doing what you truly want to do?
To answer that question you need to take a look at yourself.
There are three possible roadblocks that keep you stuck in a job you hate:
- Not knowing what to do
Let’s look at each one and see how you can work around them.
Fear Shows Up in Many Ways.
Fear of failing, fear of having success, fear of looking stupid, fear of losing all your income, and fear of disapproval— to name a few.
Identify which fear(s) are stopping you from taking action. Then ask yourself the following questions:
- What would happen if (insert your fear) happened?
- How likely is it to happen?
- What steps can I take to prevent it or lessen its impact, if it does happen?
- Will it be as bad as I think?
Fear can become totally irrational. It can take over your thought process so you’re frozen to move beyond it.
In our example, you decided that you want to start a business so you can leave your job. Your thoughts kick in:
“what if you’re not successful and you can’t support yourself of your family?”
“what if you spend time and money in this and you lose it all?”
“what is everyone laughs because you don’t know what you’re doing?”
“what if you succeed and your friends and family stop talking to you?”
How to overcome fear.
Science tells us that when you’re trying to take big new actions, your brain steps in to protect you from danger. The way it does that is to put the breaks on you taking action, by showing you the negatives. Fear is one way to stop you from making a change.
So how do people ever make big progress?
The following technique will get around your overprotective brain.
Start small, tiny little steps. Your brain can deal with small changes that don’t seem threatening.
From the example, instead, think “I’m going to explore some business ideas that maybe I can do part-time while still keeping my job. I’m only doing some research to see what’s possible and feasible.”
That would be an easy first step and after that, you can continue one small step at a time.
In no time you’ll make progress and your fears will start to disappear.
The Real Thing You Should Fear
Up till now we talked about the fears that your subconscious mind is telling you.
All the terrible things that may happen.
But you should really be scared of something much more important: the consequences of not taking action.
By doing nothing, you’ll never know what you are missing or what could have been. And you’ll never realize your goals or dreams.
Not Knowing What To Do
You’ve made the decision to start a business and you’re ready to get started, but you don’t know what to do.
This is the second roadblock to you taking action.
You simple don’t know how to proceed, you don’t know if you have a good idea, how to start a business, who your customer would be, how to market, what product or service to offer, and more. Or maybe you don’t have enough knowledge about your subject and feel like an imposter.
The simple answer is to educate yourself. There are books, websites, online courses that teach all aspects of a business, and any topic you want to pursue. Invest the time to acquire the knowledge you need.
After you spend time learning, hire others to help you get better faster.
Find a coach, mentor, or join a mastermind group. Associate with like-minded people who can help you get over the hurdles and shorten the learning curve.
To quote the famous Brian Tracey:
“No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.”
But, I Can’t Afford It.
I hear this a lot.
Answer these questions, see if this is you when you’re doing it alone.
- Will you spend more money and time, in the long run, trying to save money?
- Will you make mistakes that could have been avoided?
- Will you spend a lot of time searching for answers?
- Will you be confused about what to do?
- Will you do nothing and find you’re in the same place you are now?
If you answered yes to any of them, then maybe investing the money in someone to support you is worth it.
Spend money for the things that help you succeed, and stop wasting it on what doesn’t.
Mindset Is the Biggest Roadblock
Mindset truly is key. If you hold the idea you’ll never be successful then you never will. We all know negative thinking undermines you and your success. While it’s true, but you can overcome it.
First, imagine all the things that are possible. Believe they are possible for you, too.
If you don’t believe they are possible, you need to change your thinking. Look at what other people have done and know you can too. Read stories about the incredible success that people have experienced and how they got there. Get over the limiting beliefs that stop you from achieving your success. Try the following method.
When you have a negative belief write it down, and answer these questions: “why don’t I think it is possible? Next ask yourself: “what do I have to do to make it possible?” Next “do I know how to do what needs to be done, and am I comfortable doing it?” If you’re answer is yes, then you can get started toward your goal.
If your answer is no, then you have to find the right information, the right person who can help you, or create a solution that will make it doable.
Get control of your thinking so you’re not limited by negative expectations.
We just explained the three biggest reasons that you accept your undesirable situation. Why you stay in your current job even though you want tol leave. We provided ways to overcome them. If you truly are miserable and looking for a change — then take action now. There’s no better time.
Next Steps For Leaving Your Job
Published by CII © 2019