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How to Quit Your Job and Chase Your Dreams
Getting Out of the 9-5
So many people are dreaming of quitting their jobs and doing something that they really love and enjoy. The truth is that the 9-5 jobs just aren't feeding the souls of so many people, but too many have become dependent on the steady income and cannot fathom a way to live without them.
A lot of questions can run through our heads when we even consider quitting and chasing our dreams:
How will the bills get paid? What will people think of me? I don't have any experience in this new thing that I want to try. What if I fail? What if I look stupid?
The main thing that you need to do in this situation is to sit down and have a talk with yourself. As crazy as that sounds, it's not! Have an honest and open talk with you (it doesn't have to be out loud). Go for a drive, get a tea or coffee, sit at the park and think through some questions with yourself such as:
Why do I really want to quit my job?
What is it that I want to do?
If money wasn't an issue and I was totally free to do anything, what would I do?
Try to answer these questions as honestly as you can. Make sure that you are not quitting your job to escape from something. If you want to leave your job, leave it in the pursuit of joy and nothing less. Even if there are aspects of your job that you would like to escape (there are those aspects in every job), focus on what you are venturing toward not what you are getting away from.
Once you can get focused on what it is that you want to go into or whatever it is that you really want to do, you can take the next step
[Many people do not know what they want to do. The fun part is finding out! Spend time reflecting on what you are good at and especially on what makes you happy. If you are passionate about what you do, you will be a gift to the world in a way that you could never have been devoting all of your time to a job that you hate.]
The next step is to get into the right feeling place, and this does not involve thinking about money. Money is not bad and it is not difficult to attain. You have to change your thinking if you want to change your life. You, most importantly, have to change how you feel.
Begin to feel good now. Focus on feelings of love and happiness. Envision yourself doing the things that you love for the sake of doing them. If you love chopping wood, don't jump into the logistics of your new wood chopping business - that's not the point of this exercise. Feel the joy of whatever it is that you love to do and revel in the moment. You will quit your job and open a wood chopping business, but the point is to be a happier person, not to invite in the same old stresses that you had at your old job.
If you do things out of love, enjoyment, and for the sake of doing them, the money will come to you. Joy is a prosperous feeling and it can only attract prosperity and good things to it. You will become a happiness and money magnet if you can master this principle of focusing on the JOY of things rather than how much money you are going to make, your reputation...etc.
Go in the Direction of Your Dreams
You know what you want to do, so start doing it. Start filling your life, home, and workplace with feelings of love and excitement for your life. Sooner or later the job that you are at is just going to fall out of relevance for you. It will be edged out of your life as you focus on your dreams and your true path.
What if the job doesn't give you the opportunity to put any time into your dreams?
If this is the case, then you may feel like you will be stuck at your job forever - you won't. Remember to hold the feeling of your dreams and the excitement of them in your head and in your heart. Fear, in some form or another, is keeping you at a job that you don't want to be at whether you realize it or not. You don't want to "go crazy and quit" and you really shouldn't (if you do, it's OK, but it's not the best feeling option for you).
Before you get to your breaking point, you have to start moving your feelings in a better direction. Focus on the good stuff, on your dreams, and happiness in itself. As you do this, you will stop worrying about money or image and all of the things that are keeping you doing things that you do not enjoy. As money becomes less of a factor for you, the fear of leaving your job will fade and you will quit at the right time with a good feeling in your heart. You will know when that time has come.
Yes, You Can
Believe it or not, you will get there. If a salary or a 401k plan was more important to you, you wouldn't be reading this right now. The stuff that makes life meaningful doesn't lay in how much money we make or how much money we can save for a day that may never come. What is most important is the joy and love that we experience every day of our lives, not just during our two week vacations once a year.
I want to make one thing clear: it is not a choice between happiness and money. We can all have happiness and money. By living the life of your dreams you have the potential to make more money than you are right now because you will have passion driving you and your full life force guiding you to greater and greater levels of joy and success.
You are unique and you have something to share. Life was meant to be enjoyed - don't let anything change that for you. We don't always consciously choose what happens, but we do get to choose how we feel. Choose love. Choose joy. You know yourself best and you will recognize your path when you see it. You will create a wonderful life. Start now.
Learn to trust. This is your time.