Starting Out Brave in 2017
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!