You have no excuse.
No excuse for being trapped in a job you hate. No excuse for living in a town you hate. No excuse for being stuck in a lifestyle that leave you anxious, stressed and unhappy.
Of course, you may think you’re trapped. But the reality is that being “trapped” is only a short-term condition.
Anyone, anywhere, at any level of education or financial status is capable of putting together a plan to get “untrapped” and start enjoying life, work … whatever.
Now, depending on your lot in life, that plan might be a much longer-term endeavor. If you want to be a rocket scientist but don’t yet have your GED, that might take a few more steps than, say, if your dream is quit your job and start selling cupcakes.
The idea, however is the same. You have a dream, you put together a plan, and then you execute.
Rest assured, however, that by “plan” I don’t mean an endless stream of sleepless nights, pages of notes and analysis paralysis. In some cases, a plan can/should really focus on what Getting Things Done guru David Allen calls, “the power of the next action decision.”
Allen applies this, of course, to your daily/weekly productivity to-do management, but it can and should be applied to any long-term life and career planning process.
Sometimes, the planning process itself so overwhelms us that we are unable to see the first, small steps that will actually send us on our way toward accomplishing the goal that was previously seen as unattainable or overwhelming.
Focusing on that very next action — the very first step — will send you on your way, overcome the inertia of inaction, and start the ball rolling.
For example, let’s say you want to turn around your life, but you didn’t graduate from high school. You may have determined that your first step toward him achieving your career goals is to attain your GED. In fact, you would be wrong.
In order to get your GED, you need to take the test. In order to pass the test, you need to take a class. Before you take a class, you need to find out the time, date and cost of the class. So, actually, your very next action decision is to find out where and when the class is, and how much it costs.
That next step is actually a lot less imposing than the thought of taking the GED. And it’s such an easy first step to accomplish.
Just look at the example of Jon Morrow, who decided he was sick of living in his apartment, in a city with horrible weather. His goal was to move to Mazatlan, Mexico. His first step was to visit and scope out the real estate market. A year later — he was a happy resident of Mazatlan. But that’s not the only part of his remarkable story:
Well, what might surprise you is I left out a piece of the story. It’s the part where I have a fatal disease, I can’t move from the neck down, and yet I essentially get paid to help people. Let’s talk about that part next.
I know it’s horribly cliché, but if I can quit my job, risk the government carting me off to a nursing home because I can’t afford my own healthcare, convince my poor mother to abandon her career and drive my crippled butt 3,000 miles to a foreign country, and then make enough money to support myself, my mother, my father, and an entire nursing staff using nothing but my voice, then what can you accomplish if you really set your mind to it?
You don’t get much more “trapped” than Jon Morrow.
No money. Horrible job. Fatal disease. No problem.
You have no excuse.
Untrap yourself today.