“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard,
just keep putting off doing it.” – Olin Miller
The past few days I’ve been thinking a lot about the wake-up call I asked for. The end of my work-week at my soul sucking job was absolute hell. I am more convinced than ever that I need to get out of there ASAP and if I am going to stay more than another month then some things need to change.
I’m torn because I don’t feel like it is safe or rational at this point to take the plunge. On the other hand, I keep seeing messages that say “Take the Leap” all around me. I feel apprehensive about both options. Which one is really the best choice?
I attended a webinar this week facilitated by Jonathan Mead of Illuminated Mind. It was about creating your own freedom and getting paid to be who you are. I discovered it as part of my job research project that I’ve been working on.
It was actually quite inspiring, despite the obvious intent to sell his product. I’m not sure it would be ethical of me to share very much about it here, considering he puts it on for free and I’m sure would prefer that you watch it yourself. I will say that the most important and inspiring message I walked away with was to stop just collecting ideas, and start taking action.
While I did not sign up for his program, it is something I might consider at some point. In the meantime I have a lot of other free tools that I haven’t used yet, such as the “Passion + Profit” guide that Jonathan gives away on Illuminated Mind. I have that guide at the top of my list right now and may even have time to get started later today.
I have also unlocked a new habit in Habit Judo despite my poor results in the “Choose Happiness” category. I’ve come to the conclusion that choosing happiness is difficult to measure and act on because it is lacking concreteness. It’s a great concept and I think it can work under different circumstances, but it’s too vague to focus on. However, I don’t plan to remove it from my list of habits.
I’m going to set a somewhat large goal for my new habit and that is to spend at least two hours per day on my big project. The big project includes this blog, the job-change research, and TAKING ACTION to move towards a more meaningful source of income. I am sick of constantly planning what I will do instead of getting things done. Planning is important, but it is no substitute for action.
One action I need to take is planning a budget. I need to look at what my monthly expenses are and create a savings plan. I just had to pay (a lot of) taxes for the first time ever due to my employer’s unwillingness to make me an employee (I’ve been an independent contractor now for 15 months.).
One reason for doing this is that I haven’t set rewards in Habit Judo yet. I am coming up on a reward soon and have realized that the only things I deprive myself of are really big ticket items. I can afford to splurge on coffee or dinner or books for the most part, and often do, but they should really be treats.
My long-term goal for my finances is to be able to save up enough to live off of for one year. If I can do that, I will feel safe quitting my job even if I haven’t secured reliable income yet. I will go into this in more detail once I start getting the job-search related posts up. The project is growing so rapidly, I might have to start a separate blog for it. I have a feeling this will have to involve disclosing my identity . . .
I wanted to make one other quick comment. I previously recommended CX.com on the “Reading List” but I have run into some troubles with it. For those of you who are interested in what I chose instead, I am now using Windows Live Mesh to utilize the sync folder feature that is part of SkyDrive. So far, it is working seamlessly.