Thursday, September 11, 2014

Do you have a lifeboat?

You've seen this quote floating around Facebook and the Net before, right? Me too. And it's finally rung true for me. I am so thankful that I finally made the decision to DO something about my life and achieve the freedom I so craved. But it was a decision that I was so scared to make that it took me 3 to 4 years before I finally made that jump. Know this. I did not make a bold jump from the ship with my eyes closed into unknown waters. I made bloody sure there was a lifeboat to keep me afloat and take me ashore!
I've read more than once that everyone needs to have at least 6 months worth of their salary in an emergency fund. What concerns me is that not everyone does. (Hopefully my story will change your mind about that if you happen to be one of those people.) I spent more time worrying about what my Plan B was going to be after radio that I didn't think about preparing myself in the meantime. When I finally realised what I wanted to do - or didn't want to do - was not entirely in my control, I decided to focus my efforts on something I COULD control. Good old fashioned saving. If I had an emergency fund, at least it would tie me over until I figured out what I REALLY wanted to do with my life. I wasn't sure if I could save the amount I had written down but once I made the conscious decision to, the task was not as hard as I thought it would be, I actually hit my target. Twice over. On hindsight, after attending a recent personal development course, I realised that I had unwittingly carried out the steps from Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" book (a book I had only ever heard of but never read yet) : Think of the exact amount you want to make, commit to what you're willing to do in order to attain it, set a deadline, plan it out and take action. The last two steps I didn't do was write a personal mission statement and read it day and night. (I do NOW!)
The lesson I learned was that IF I HADN'T WASTED TIME WORRYING, I WOULD HAVE SPENT MORE TIME DOING. I would have saved a lot more, that's for sure. I'm just glad I came to my senses before it was too late and did SOMETHING. The wheels to my new future finally creaked forward when I took the first tentative step onto my new path. And now I'm so much more happier living the lifestyle I didn't think I could have, while still working towards my dream lifestyle. But this time I'm MAKING my dreams come true. Not just wishing for it to happen. I am done complaining and doing nothing about it. And I wouldn't have taken that leap of faith had I not been inspired through my conversations with my friend and fellow vo talent, Steven Bones. He dared to jump first and he too made the smart decision to be prepared and he also gave himself a deadline - "if it doesn't work out for me in a year, I'll just go back to work." And he hasn't looked back since. And neither will I. Cos my future self is just waiting for me to catch up. :)