Starting Out Brave in 2017

 In Inspiration, Productivity

Last week I did something pretty big. It was a hard decision to make and I thought quite a bit about not doing it.

I sat down at my computer, psyched myself up, and sent an email to my employer of ten years to say that I was quitting.

To be clear, this wasn’t my full-time job; I did it in the evenings and weekends. Still, the idea of saying goodbye to something that has been in my life for a decade was incredibly scary. There was the money I’d lose, of course, but the hardest thing for me was the change that would come along with it. My evenings and weekends would be free now, so how was I going to fill them?

The answer to that was easy. The whole reason I resigned from this job in the first place was to focus on other things like advancing my photography, bettering myself, and creating a side hustle. I’d been planning it for six months before I pulled the trigger. So why was I so nervous? It was the pressure of now having to follow through with all the plans I’d made. Then I remembered all the things I’d learned in 2016—habits and wisdom from videos by my long-distance mentors and the words in their books (especially Tim Ferriss’s Tools of Titans, Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, and Chris Guillebeau’s Born for This)—and I went for it without looking back.

Moving forward I’ll have time to myself—time to create the things I want to create. This is so new for me, but I’m up for the challenge. I have big plans in 2017 and freeing up the space to act upon them was the first step. Next, I get to work!

When you have a plan and some discipline you can overcome the fear that comes along with taking a leap of faith. Once you do, you’ll find the opportunities you create will make you question why you didn’t make the jump sooner.

Have you done something recently that was so terrifying that you almost didn’t do it? Have you been thinking about taking a risk but are just too scared? I’d love to hear from you about it!

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  • Sarah Tyler Mills

    I feel like I wrote this myself. We are in exactly the same situation and it makes 2017 both exciting and a bit terrifying! Good luck with your journey my friend!

  • Steven

    Thanks, Sarah! I’m glad this rings familiar to you. I hope other people are taking chances to pursue their goals, too. Good luck in 2017! I hope you achieve whatever you go after.

  • Joni

    STEVEN. Awesome!! Vincent told me about your comment with some of your new plans. I’m so proud of you, this is a huge step and you are going to do so well! Can’t wait to see where you will go! Let me know if there is every anything I can do to help! Congrats!

  • Steven

    Thanks, Joni. 2016 was a real year of self-work, but this year is all about taking action! I have a few things in the works right now—all photography-related—and our wedding and honeymoon were instrumental in all of them. I really got a sense of guidance from being out west and meeting you guys!

  • Ashley

    Congrats on leaving your job! I can understand how scary that must have been… you are right, change is hard! My husband is now in the last phase of his career change, which has, so far, been a 7 year process. Him leaving his job and going back to school was tough, but it will open up the doors to so many more opportunities in the future. Best of luck to you this year as you journey along this new path!

  • Steven

    Thank you, Ashley! It was scary for sure. I’d been leading up to it for about a year and wasn’t sure I’d be able to do it. Since leaving though, I’ve started a new project that is super exciting and building up to a launch on February 1st, so I couldn’t be happier with my decision to face my fear and take the leap.

  • Weronika

    Congratulations on making that big step! 🙂
    I have done something a little bit scary recently too – I have opened my Etsy store and now I am working on extending my photography offer! Even though I am not sure how this story will unfold, I am so looking forward to it.
    Good luck with all your plans!

  • Zsuzsi

    The struggle is so familiar. I think that that step will always be terrifying, but you are opening the doors to what you truly feel you should be doing. Congratulations and best of luck!

  • Steven

    @weronika Thanks, and congratulations to you! I have a loose plan for an Etsy store later this year and I’m a bit nervous about it. I’ll use you as inspiration if I get cold feet.

    Good luck!

  • Steven

    @Zsuzsi Thanks! So far it’s been nothing but rewarding. The scariest things are always the things you should do, I think.

  • Sarah

    That’s amazing! Congratulations on taking the big leap. Leaving a steady income is so hard. You’ll do great! Best of luck for an amazing 2017

  • Ashton

    Congratulations!! I admire you and wish you the absolute most success!

  • Steven

    @Ashton Thank you! So far it’s been nothing but great. I’ve taken the time I put into that part-time job and filled it with a project that is so fun and creative. I’ll launch it on February 1st and surely blog about it here 🙂

  • Steven

    @sarah Thanks! It was scary but has paid off already in freedom to be creative and start projects that are super fulfilling.

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