Feeling safe while chasing your goals should throw up red flags.
It means you’re getting comfortable with where you are and is most likely stopping you from progressing. If you truly want to get ahead in life, you need to be looking for the risks and actively taking them.
I learnt this lesson a couple of days ago but the story starts a year ago.
The first book I ever read, while on my journey to achieving my goals, was ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill. This book changed my life and I credit everything to it but for this article I want to focus on one section.
There’s a quote in there that states:
If you have a back up you can guarantee you’ll use it.
At the beginning of the year, I lived by this quote.
I had it all planned out.
I was going to work up until my business went live, then that was it. I Would quit my day job and focus purely on building the business.
But time slipped away and I got comfortable.
I got comfortable knowing I had a weekly wage coming in and knowing that if the business didn’t work out I had something to fall back on. Nothing would really be lost.
Well, up until two days ago this was true.
Three days ago I was safe.
Three days ago I knew I was getting paid.
Three days ago I could treat my business like a hobby with no repercussions.
Two days ago I quit my job.
Two days ago I was scared.
Yesterday I was ready.
Today I’m executing.
You Need Risk
At the beginning of 2017, I was excited to quit my job and chase my goals but there was a difference between then and now. Back then I didn’t have to act. It was really easy for me to say I was going to do something but when the time came, it was a lot scarier than I thought.
So I chickened out. Until I showed up on the first day of work for 2018 and I couldn’t’ stand being there. I was there for a total of 2 hours before I quit.
I didn’t belong there. I belonged chasing my dreams.
After a day of not having a stable job and realising that the world isn’t coming to an end, I want to say this:
If you want to chase your goals, you need to make that goal everything
I’ve already realised how comfortable I was working at my old job. I could go to work three days a week and then work on my business the other days. If it didn’t work out, I could just go back to full time.
There was no NEED. No desperation. No commitment.
Now, I’m in a boat where it has to work and I’m loving every second of it.
Finally, there’s pressure, stress and importance. Something I didn’t have but work 100% better when they’re present.
Sometimes The Scariest Path Is The Right Path
I’ve only been chasing my goals for a year now but there’s a common theme I seem to be constantly brought back too.
The scary path is often the right path.
This also means that the path you want to choose or the one that seems easiest is almost always the wrong path you should follow.
If you’re going to chase your goals, you’re going to be forced to make a lot of hard decisions. A lot of the times this means sacrifices.
These are some of the ones I’ve had to make:
- Giving up alcohol – I did this cold turkey. I woke up on the 22/01/2017 and said enough. Enough wasting money. Enough feeling hungover and enough standing still.
- Getting rid of toxic friends – It’s hard but it’s needed. If you think you can change your life but still hang out with the same people, you’re in for a rude shock.
- No more parties – In fact, no more social life. You want to do something great, you have to make big sacrifices.
- Quitting my job.
In order to get ahead you need to make tough decisions.
This post isn’t my normal kind of post. I wanted to provide people with an update on where I’m up to with hopes that it will inspire someone else to give up the comfortable life in order to chase their goals.
If this is something you’re done in the past I want to hear about it. Leave a comment with your story!