It really is amazing what can be done when you have the proper motivation. Without motivation it is extremely hard to force yourself to do something, especially when you are just getting started. However, when the end goal is something that you TRULY want to achieve then it’s generally a lot easier to get started.
Whatever the case may be, action is ALWAYS required if you want to achieve something great. Let me explain….
A few years ago I went to my first multi-day music festival that involved 4 days of awesome music, camping, and non-stop partying. Suffice to say, it was probably one of the best experiences of my entire life. The overwhelming sensation of freedom and having absolutely nothing to do except share the awesome vibes with thousands of other like-minded people is truly indescribable. I distinctly remember just how depressed I was when I woke up on the last day knowing that the experience was coming to an end. Not only was the festival over, but I knew that I’d be returning back to the rat race the next day as well. The thought of going back to my incredibly boring life of waking up at 6 am only to go sit in an office for 9 hours every day was extremely depressing to say the least.
It was right around that time when I first had the idea that I was going quit my job without having another one lined up. I had planned to essentially go nomad and travel the world. I had a decent amount of money saved, and the only two things that were really holding me back were my job and the fact that I owned a house. I wasn’t concerned about the job. I could simply just quit. However, it was the house that was my primary concern. I knew that I would either need to rent it out to someone or sell it. I figured that selling it would have been the better option simply because that would allow me to go on with my world travels with nothing to worry about back at home. I knew that I had a lot of work ahead of me if I was going to get my house into selling condition. I had at least 5 unfinished projects that needed completing, and I had several other things that needed to be repaired as well. I estimated that just to get my house into selling condition, it would take me at least 3 months. Additionally, I would also have to go through the actual selling process (finding a realtor, having people come look at my home, lots of paperwork, etc…)
I knew that I had a lot of work ahead of me, but because my desire to travel the world was so great, I began taking the necessary actionable steps. It was because I had the proper motivation that made all of those daunting tasks seem like only minor obstacles.
Getting sucked back in to the “real world”
It didn’t take long until my dreams of world travel were put to rest. After a few weeks back at the 9 to 5 grind, I began to seriously doubt myself. I started to think that my ideas were crazy, and “normal people” don’t do such silly things. The more I second guessed myself, the more difficult those obstacles seemed to become. Within a few months I had simply given up altogether. I was back to simply accepting my boring 9 to 5 life.
What happened was that I didn’t take the proper action steps quickly enough, and therefore I allowed myself to become complacent again. Had I done the things that I am about to suggest to you in a minute, I very well may have went ahead with my plans, but I didn’t…so I didn’t. You live and learn though.
A couple of years later, and after growing an exponentially increasing hatred of my job and the 9 to 5 life in general, I found myself starting to seriously consider quitting my job again. Just as before, I had no intentions of getting another 9 to 5 job. This time was slightly different though. While I still was not opposed to the idea of world travel, it just was not my main goal anymore. I was beginning to pick up more and more gigs with my band, and we were starting to develop a much larger following of fans. Things really seemed to be taking off. Therefore, my goal was to quit my job and make my band my main focus.
It was a random Sunday night that I decided to wipe the dust off a book that had been sitting in my room for months called “The 4-Hour Work Week”. That book was pretty much what I needed to push me over the edge and actually formulate a plan as to how I was going to quit my job without having another one lined up.
Again, I knew what needed to be done, only this time I wasn’t going to allow the 9 to 5 grind to suck me back in again. This time I was following through with my plan. So what did I do? I TOOK ACTION. The next day I found a realtor, and I scheduled an appointment with her. That same day I began fixing up all of the things in my house that needed to be taken care of. With the help of a good friend of mine and lots of determination, my house was completely finished in only 13 days! Here I thought I had at least 3 months of work ahead of me. It’s funny how these things work out when you actually put one foot in front of the other and actually get started on following through with your plans.
My plan was to simply quit my job, sell my house (therefore eliminating my largest debt), and rent a cheap room off a friend of mine using the money I made from my band as my primary means of income until I figured out a way to start up a business of my own. There were a lot of holes in my plan (namely the fact that I really didn’t know what I was going to do for money aside from the money that I made from the band), but my motivation was so extremely high to get out of the life that I hated. Therefore, I relentlessly pursued my plan to quit my job without having another one lined up.
Well, although my house was all fixed up and on the market, no one seemed to be interested in buying it. However, that again was nothing more than just a minor obstacle in my way. I quickly altered my plan and decided to simply rent my spare bedrooms out to my friends instead. The MAIN GOAL was quitting my job. Everything else in getting myself to that point were simply just minor hurdles that needed to be overcome. A few weeks later, I was a free man! I was officially out of the rat race, and I was out for good! It was one of the most liberating feelings that I have ever felt.
Keys to taking action
So why did I fail the first time and allow myself to get sucked back into the 9 to 5 grind? What exactly did I do differently the second time around?
I can tell you that it was primarily due to the fact that I had the proper mindset the second time around. My motivation and determination remained at peak levels the second time around, whereas I lacked those two necessary components the first time around. Those things aided me in taking the necessary action that needed to be taken, and therefore I was successful in following through with my plans.
Here are some tips to help you take action, assuming that you have a major life-altering goal in mind:
1.) Make sure that the goal that you are pursuing is something that you really want to pursue – I had a burning desire to quit my job, simply because I was miserable. I knew that I had absolutely no interest in finding another similar job that I would only grow to hate as well. I was 100% certain that quitting my job without having another one lined up and instead spending the remainder of my life only focusing on that which I was passionate about was something that I truly wanted to do. Therefore, taking the necessary actions didn’t seem like that much of a difficult task anymore.
2.) Get started immediately – The difference between the first time and the second time around was the fact that I got started immediately the second time, whereas I waited too long to start the first time. I formed my plan on Sunday night as I was laying in bed, and I made an appointment with my realtor on Monday morning. After work on Monday, I went home and immediately began working on my house. From there, I went home every single day on my lunch break and continued to work on my house. I also spent every single moment of free time that I had during the nights and weekends on fixing up my house as well. 13 Days later, everything was complete. I was able to do all of that because of MOMENTUM. Once I got started, I did not stop until everything was complete. After my house was fixed up, I faced the next obstacle which was that no one was even looking at my house. Rather than waiting around for something to happen, I simply altered my plans and decided to rent my spare bedrooms instead. It was a bit more risky as I would still be responsible for a major debt (my mortgage), but due to the momentum that I had started, nothing was going to stand in my way of doing what I wanted to do.
3.) Talk about your plans non-stop – I told EVERYONE what I was doing. I constantly posted about it on Facebook, and every conversation that I had with my friends and family involved my life-altering plans. I’m pretty sure that I annoyed the living shit out of everyone around me by constantly talking about the same thing…but I didn’t care. I was on a mission, and in order to complete my mission, I knew that I needed to keep my plans fresh in my mind. In order to do that, I knew that I needed to constantly tell everyone what I was doing. Not only did that help me to keep my plans fresh in my mind, but it also made it a lot harder for me to back out. There’s nothing worse than constantly talking about doing something, but then backing out and not following through with it.
4.) Constantly visualize just how amazing your life will be after following through with your plan – Although I was filled with self-doubt about whether or not I could actually make it in life without having a job, I spent every waking moment of every single day picturing just how much more amazing my life was going to be once I was free from the 9 to 5 grind. I thought about it so much, and when the day actually came that I was a free man, it was exactly as I had pictured it. They say that your mind is responsible for creating your reality. For more information on this see “The law of attraction”. I’m a firm believer in this concept, and I’m living proof that it is real!
There’s not much else to say here other than that you must take action if you want to achieve your goals. Do whatever it takes to force yourself to begin taking action. Once you get started, you will find that things move along quite smoothly due to the momentum that you have created.
Do not let life pass you by. Take action now!
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