I understand that change can be hard but it doesn’t have to be. Most of us don’t make changes in our lives until the thought of staying where we are is worse than what we can envision after the change.
I’ve been divorced twice in my life. Thankfully, I just celebrated my 19th wedding anniversary to my third husband.
But leaving those other marriages wasn’t easy. Leaving corporate America wasn’t easy, but in both scenarios, staying became impossible, at least for me. I got to a point where my vision of the future, with all the unknowns, felt less awful than staying where I was.
I had a lot of fear of the unknown, even though I had a lot of confidence that I would do whatever it took to make my future bright.
In the past, I happened to be one of those people that when someone asked me, “where do you see yourself in five years” I never had a clue. It took learning how to create a vision of the future that made change much easier for me.
First, I had to start believing that a brighter future was possible. Maybe I couldn’t see it clearly but just a glimmer of things being better was all it took. After all, when you are totally miserable, any change can look good.
The bookstore became my best friend. I started reading about creating a better life for myself. Little by little I started to believe that if other people changed their lives, I could too. I knew I had some things going for me. After all, I was breathing, and as long as there is breath, there is hope.
My tough years were in my 20’s and 30’s. That was a long time ago, before the internet was such a big part of our lives, so I felt pretty isolated. Today we have the advantage of being able to join communities for support without leaving our home. And when you’re feeling awful, you don’t typically feel like going anywhere.
When it comes to leaving corporate America and creating a business of your own, I want you to know that there are about 28 million small businesses in the United States today and 22 million of those businesses have no employees. I don’t have exact figures for this, but my bet is that the majority of those people quit jobs in order to start their business.
My point? If they can do it, so can you.
If you already have a business, there is always help out there for anything you may be struggling with. You don’t have to change your business or your life on your own. No matter what your situation, whether you are getting divorced, wanting to quit a job, or anything else for that matter, there is help out there and usually just a click away.
I changed my life through pure force of will and it was hard, and it took a lot of time, energy, money and angst.
For you, it doesn’t need to be that way. Change doesn’t have to be hard. And in many ways, it’s becoming the norm. Everyday someone quits a job to start a business. Today, you can easily get information, help and support with just a click. Trust your intuition. Find the help you need, whether it’s here at Corporate Hostage, No More! or elsewhere. Just find it.
Don’t wait any longer to start living the life you were meant to live — a life of joy and abundance and meaning. The only regret you will have is that you didn’t do it sooner.
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