Seven tips on how to overcome the fear of quitting your job for a life of travel

Meditating man in Arz

A job shift. Better yet, a lifestyle shift is wonderful in theory. but when it comes to actually doing it you’ll feel the trembling fears and hesitations. Your mind will be racing with millions of questions, specially the day that you decide to quit your job:

Am I making the right decision? will this affect my working life? my credibility as a person? Not being able to commit to one job for more than a year? 

Here are 7 tips on how to overcome these questions. they worked perfectly fine for me.

Remember why

You already made the decision and you know why. You just have to remember it when the time comes to take the ultimate step of quitting your job. You got there for a reason: you weren’t happy with the way your life was passing, always daydreaming about being somewhere else, doing something else. You wanted change, adventure, to be free from the inclosed box system that we live in… Just remember.

Reassess your current life

Is this really what you want to keep doing? Are you satisfied with how your days are passing? what are the pros and cons of such a decision? I have written a list of all possible pros and cons that I could think of concerning each alternative. It helped me see clearly which decision made more sense and what were the risks that came with it.

Trust your instincts

It’s time for you to start listening to that inner voice, inner guide, call it what you want. But what I mean is that each one of us is constantly guided towards the things we feel connected to and fascinated by. Sometimes we have to put rationality aside and trust this attraction and just open up to all possibilities.

The “Good” Fear

Fear is good as long as you take the leap: I think it is only humanly natural to feel this adrenaline rush when such decisions have to be taken. I actually enjoy the feeling. However, backing out now will only put you in a depressive and self destructive mode. You don’t want to regret any decision later on and get stuck with the “What if?” question. So go for it.

The worst case scenario

Not as scary as you might think. What’s the worst that could happen? All your savings will be spent? You’ll be jobless? you’ll get eaten by a tiger? you’ll get robbed abroad? For every problem there is a solution. Except if you get really eaten by a tiger :D. No really now, identify the worst imaginable situation  ask yourself about your worst scenario, and you’ll find out that it is always fixable. Plus, there is no fun in knowing what is going to happen next, which brings me to my next point…

Embrace the rush of uncertainty

Do you really want to know what is going to happen tomorrow? where’s the fun in that? Getting comfortable with the unknown might be a hard task, but getting stuck in an unwanted and predictable reality is far worse. 

Start making it happen

The shift to the alternative exotic life that you have in mind won’t happen overnight. But you can get there one step at a time. I truly believe that one can always achieve what one truly desires. Might be cliche as a phrase, and really easy to say but not as easy in practicality. However, just recall everything that already happened in your life. You have to admit in a way that a whole lot depended on what you really deeply wanted and desired. And I am not talking about the shallow acquirements but more about the achievements. So how is this any different? 

 

 

 

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Beatrice and Elie the Lebanese couple who decided to quit their desk jobs and pursue a life on the road. Extreme sports lovers, yoga practitioners, life philosophers, and adventure hunters, they hope to inspire and motivate people throughout their travel stories.

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6 Discussion to this post

  1. Ian says:

    Interesting post, though I have a few questions.

    Do you still own a house or some kind of apartment?

    How do you make ends meet in terms of income? Is affiliate marketing your main source of income?

    Thanks for sharing this. It definitely is food for thought as life is too short to waste it on a 9 to 5 job.

    • Elie C. says:

      Hey Ian, I’m glad you liked the article. well this all happened very recently. I terminated my job contract just a month ago. I had saved some money throughout my last 3 years of working and now I am planning on going for a backpacking trip throughout the far eastern countries. So to answer your questions, NO I do not own a house or an apartment at the moment, and as for my income, YES affiliate marketing caught up my interest and I am investing a whole lot of my time into making it work so that hopefully it can become one of the main sources of income. Other than that I am still planning on using my skills as a civil and environmental engineer but on a freelance basis.

      Elie

  2. Sundar says:

    I totally agree with you what you have mentioned in this post. I quited my job couple of months ago and had to go through all these struggles before making my final decision. But once you make it you need to accept whatever happens may be good or bad. But the thing that we are going to live the life that we dreamed of is going to satisfy us.

    • Elie C. says:

      I couldn’t agree more Sundar. And that’s the beauty of it: Not knowing what is going to happen next and focusing only on living the way you feel is right for you. I’d chose that anyday.

  3. Norman says:

    A lot of persons lets the fair or the unknow from moving and they settle right there in there comfort zone when they could have been far ahead or even had done some thing with their lives. But life is all about taking that leap of faith and going for it. Many of the successful people that we know may not have been successful if they had allowed fear to hold them back and just settle. So the key is in making your plans and then going for it.

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