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