As you get older, do you ever feel that the real world has killed your ambitions and dreams from your younger days?
It can be as simple as learning to speak another language (French, anyone?) or starting your own private label. Look back and ask yourself, what was that one thing that you have always wanted to do from an early age?
So, what happened? Where did that ambitious dreamer go? Perhaps you lost your hustle because you are living in the comfort zone?
You don’t have an amazing salary but it pays the bill, the job scope is unchanging and your boss gives you the flexibility most employees do not have. (Sound familiar?)
Neale Donald Walsch once said,
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
However, has it ever occurred to you that being fully dependent on your employer is a risky bet? What if something happens to your job or the company you work for? How would you continue to live?
But more importantly, answer this question honestly: “Are you settling for a career you never intended to, to a live a life that society told you to live?”
If you are feeling too content and dependent on your monthly salary use these tips to start building momentum in your life.
1. Quit settling
While a monthly salary might not be as addictive as heroin, we can 100% agree that letting a salary control your life can kill your dreams.
A monthly salary can kill your creativity, make you a zombie for eight hours a day, and leave you completely unfulfilled.
There are so many people who are “stuck” in life because of their salary. They’ve created a life based around it and can’t leave unless they go somewhere with similar pay.
Don’t get us wrong. We’re not advocating you to quit your job. A job or career provides money, insurance benefits, and a lot of security for most people.
But when was the last time you felt really challenged after being at a company for a few years?
2. Do You Work For Money, Passion or a Combination of Both?
According to Forbes, 13% of workers are engaged by their jobs, 63% are not engaged, and 24% are actively disengaged (meaning they pretty much hate their jobs)
The main point? Most people aren’t engaged with the work that takes up 8-10 hours of their day. Which category are you in?
In fact, the majority of us are guilty of thinking that if we made more money we would be happier (which is true, to a point).
But will you be happy if you ended up sitting at a desk doing something you didn’t care about for the rest of your life? Are you too big of a coward to not go after your passions and dreams?
“Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.”
3. Explore Your Passions Before Making the Leap
If you’re fulfilled, like going to work, enjoy your co-workers and have your finances in order, well, congrats. We are super happy for you. Very few people do what they love or even like what they are doing.
While we are not advocating quitting (here is 10 steps to follow before you do anything drastic), if you are feeling the fear, we recommend you start getting out of your comfort zone more frequently. Take advantage of your salary to spend time outside of work trying new ideas and heavily investing in yourself.
Whether it’s building an online store, creating a YouTube channel, or starting a lunch delivery business. If you have a consistent salary you can afford to spend money and take some risks.
Once you decide what hustle, project, or investment in yourself you want to make, the next step is to set a goal to stay consistent.
IN A NUTSHELL, don’t let your day job kill your dreams (again!). All of these new ideas will get you closer to finding work you actually love to do and probably increase your happiness dramatically. Life is just too short to live miserably.