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What Kind of Data Are You Gathering?

I am often asked how I was able to quit my job and travel around the world. I admit when the thought first crossed my mind it felt crazy and outlandish.  After all, who leaves a high paying job with a prestigious company to travel around the world in a bad economy?   Maybe someone with a sizable trust fund but not someone like me.  Taking a break was a foreign concept for me, I had worked three jobs for most of my life, and I was surrounded with logical data that supported the fact that this was insane.

Yet, staying in my current work situation felt as if I was walking the plank each day.  While there were many perks and it was hard conceptualize giving these up, the overall culture did not feel a healthy to me; it was all consuming and my boss’s actions were disturbing.  The stress and long hours were chipping away at my physical health and mental well being.

I started by exploring traditional options like: finding another job within the corporation, working for a competitor, looking for something completely new and outside of my industry etc…  but my heart kept returning to the possibility of quitting my job.  The fantasy of taking a break and taking a trip around the world to explore other cultures and figure out what would really “light me up” both inside and out kept pulling me forward.  I began to BELIEVE that I could make this happen and the data to support my decision started to appear.

Once I decided to take action and see where it led me, my intuition created a cocoon of calmness that helped me trust that I would figure out whatever came my way.   My logical mind kept sending doubts and fears but I held onto the belief that I could do this which enabled me to continually take action, find solutions and make it happen.  When my fears shouted “What in world are you doing?” and “Who do you think you are?”, I gathered more data to believe with more confidence that what ever came up I could figure out.  Serendipitous occurrences continued to reinforce my decision… like accidentally finding a fax which informed me of the exact date I need to stay to in order to get my bonus.  Without any magical powers, when I started to believe my heart and trust my gut and intuition everything started to come together.

Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”  ~ Henry Ford

This quote gives me goose bumps and reminds me that when you “truly” believe you can do something, you will move heaven and earth to make it happen.  You will go to great lengths to gather data to prove that, yes indeed, it can be done.  On the flip side, if you do not believe you can do something, you will also gather data to convince yourself that you cannot achieve what you want and block yourself from making it happen.

By February 8, 2008 I felt like a five year old on the first day of school, full of excitement and anticipation.  Walking out of my office that day I felt free!  BELIEVING and taking action changed my life..

Are you thinking about making a change?  If following your current path feels like you are settling, I urge you to BELIEVE you too can find what you are looking for.  Instead of gathering data about why you can not do something start to look for the data that shows it can be done.  It is out there.

Start to TRUST your heart and intuition and GO FOR IT!  Take ACTION because you can stall forever and deep down you know your next chapter is waiting to be started!   Have FAITH that whatever challenges arise you will figure it out. Check out the tips below to help.

 

Think About This When You Are Gathering Data…

It is common to gather data to support our decision to NOT take action.  Often the real issue are that you are afraid of failure, scared about how things might change, concerned about looking good, worried about taking a risk and falling on your face, afraid you might get hurt, etc… I can guarantee you that you will be able to find someone to agree with you that it is too hard and impossible to achieve your goal.  That is if you want reasons not to take action.

However, here is the dilemma; it is easy to find evidence for BOTH sides of the argument.  What would happen if you presented your fears as questions for a real debate?   Ask yourself if you have created an accurate picture when gathering your data or are you simply listening to the side that made you feel better about not taking action.

Ask yourself… “How true is that?”.  It may be easier to focus on what you want to hear but remember that it won’t help you reach your goals.


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