How to move beyond your fears and create the lifestyle you really want

Escape 9-5 and live anywhere Part-2


“Mukesh once had a business that sucked his time away. It was rewarding financially, but he had to work 15 hours daily. That was a major challenge to him at the time because he wanted freedom.

After brainstorming for some time, Mukesh realized taking a year vacation in Foreign would help cool his head. But, like the majority of us, the fear of losing his business kicked in.

Because of that, he shoved away the idea of taking a year long vacation. He continued working himself out on his business, even though he disliked it. But, one day, the light bulb switched on: what would be the worst case scenario should he take the vacation, despite all odds? A lot of things may possibly go wrong — his business may crash, he may go broke in a strange country, or even more sinister things could happen.

Mukesh noted all those down. He then thought deeply about possible survival strategies. It dawned on him that he could actually make a living outside his business. Things would definitely be rough at first, but he could take a menial job and cut down on luxuries such as eating out. Not so bad.

So he took the trip. His vacation lasted 15 months, and surprisingly, his business thrived more in his absence. The moral of the story: your fears aren’t always as bad as they seem.

If you truly want to experience the New Rich lifestyle, you will have to master the art of overcoming your fears.

Is the fear of the unknown limiting you from making a major change in your life and career? Do you really want to change? If yes, pick up a pen and paper, write down all the possible worst case scenarios as well as the things you can do to overcome them.

It also helps to focus on your plan for the future. This will lead you to find inspiration. Mukesh suggests that you set high unrealistic expectations for the things you would like to be, do, and have between now and at least the next six months. After that, begin finding out ways you can bring those things to pass. Draft out a complete plan for manifesting your unrealistic expectations.

Remember, they have to be unrealistic. Keeping your goals realistic is the fastest recipe for demotivation.

While doing all these, beware of optimistic fears — the refusal to take action and change your situation in the hope that things will change by themselves overtime. For instance, the fact that your job is just uninspiring and not a living hell can be a good excuse to not act, in the hopes that things will change in the near future. This is optimistic fear. What if nothing changes after a year or two?”

“There’s no difference between a pessimist who says, 'Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,' and an optimist who says, 'Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.' Either way, nothing happens.” -Yvon Chouinard

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