It's been four days since I resigned from a job I've had for 2 1/2 years, but I also feel like I've resigned from 12 years of working for someone else. My first real job was at age 17 when I went to work for the local newspaper. I can't even remember my title - some piddly position - and although it was in a field I enjoyed, it didn't feel right. The next 12 years felt exactly the same.
Enough is enough, don't you think? When your spirit is jumping around in your body and the whole universe is saying, "Stop this madness!" it's time to let go. But how?
I have some big fat loans that still need to be paid and rent and all the other monthly bills that come with life. While working a full-time job I've had plenty of money to cover the needs and wants. After the first of next month, I will no longer have cash flow. What I will have is precious time. Even if I have to hustle, I'll be hustling for something I care about. So how did I get over the fear?
Here's my big secret...
Mindset. It's all about mindset.
Think about the worst that could happen once you do that big, scary thing. For me it's that I won't make any money from my projects, I use up all my savings, I can't pay the bills, I lose my car, and I have to get another full-time job. It would suck, but I would survive.
One thing that always, always helps me is getting out of my head and remembering that I am a tiny person on a tiny planet that is swirling through a gigantic universe full of chaos and somehow still in one piece. It makes me feel small, but in a good way. When I look at myself from the cosmos, I realize how tiny my problems really are and that if God can manage a universe, he can surely see me through my situation.
Fears aside, you must believe with every ounce of your precious little heart that things will work out for your good. Even if the path is rocky (and it will be) and plans change (they will), you will be okay. You will survive, just like you always have. You will be taken care of, just like you always have.
I have absolutely no idea what's going to happen and that's okay. It gives me the chance to put my faith in action. It requires me to take it one day at a time instead of looking into the future and imagining disaster. I am here right now and right now is all I have so I have to give it my all.
If your soul is telling you to take the risk, face the fear, get a move on, do it! Plan if you must, but just know that there will never be a perfect moment. The future is not some mystical paradise where all your dreams come true. That place is already here. The time is now.