One of the hardest things for me to watch is when I see someone who is trapped in a prison of their own making, unwilling to take control of a situation or make a change.
The most common and obvious example of this is someone who continues to work in a job or a particular career path that they hate. They don’t want to be there. Even worse, they are aware of a calling to move in a new direction, towards a new passion… but all of the rational, reasonable, logical reasons for them to stay put keep them stuck.
This is just one example though and I’m sure you have seen many other examples as well. Perhaps you are going through (or have gone through) similar experiences yourself.
I get especially emotional about this topic because I was once stuck in the exact position myself and I vividly remember the overwhelming feeling of conformity holding me in place along with the feeling of total helplessness to do anything about it.
I lacked 2 things in those days;
1. The awareness that I could change my entire situation any time I wanted
2. The self image to believe that I could pull it off
When I was doing a 9-5 type corporate gig I literally believed it was too late for me to take a new career path. I knew that some people changed careers mid-stream and intellectually I understood it was possible.
But there was a stronger sort of “conformity mentality” or mental programming that I bought into that made me think that it really wasn’t something any reasonable person would do once they had a good job.
So instead of exploring what other options were available, I spent a number of years plowing ahead with my existing career, thinking this was the path I had chosen and it was too late to change my mind.
It wasn’t until years later when I started to take a serious interest in the lives of entrepreneurs and take coaching and courses about personal growth that I began to believe in myself and realize that I could indeed do anything I wanted.
And I did.
Within a year of having a sort of “awakening” that I was not only in control of my career, but that I was going to do something about it, I walked away from that same job I had felt trapped in for so many years and ventured into the world of the unknown.
In doing so, I conquered one of my major fears of not having a steady income and learned to live a life of my own making. I literally had no clue how or IF I would be able to pull of life as an entrepreneur (especially with zero training, experience or even a business plan for that matter), but I knew I would be taking a chance on ME and that was more important than anything.
Five years later, I’m happier than ever that I made that bold decision. I have learned more about my own potential and discovered more talents and abilities than I ever thought possible. And the exciting part is, I feel like I’m just getting started.
If you are stuck like I was stuck… whether it is a job, a relationship, a bad habit or any other prison of your own making, isn’t it time you took a chance on YOU?
Decide what you really want to do. Decide what its costing you NOT to go for it. Then… make the leap! It doesn’t get any more exciting or rewarding.
What are you waiting for?