Transitioning from the Job to your New Digital Life
If You’ve been thinking about whether the Digital Life is a good fit for you and still wondering.
Maybe you’ve had a dabble but it hasn’t worked out.
But something in side of you is still calling to find out.
Can this work for me and does it work?
One of the hardest parts is the transition – finding time to learn and master the skills you need whilst still holding down a full time job.
Making the transition from one thing to another is often the hardest and most difficult part.
When to do it?
How do you do it?
And even, should you do it at all?
These were the questions that came up for me when I began to start thinking about transitioning from the traditional economy into the lap top lifestyle.
I had many doubts and way too many questions.
I was at times struck by the fear of doing so.
So what should you do?
Well the first thing to do and you may find this the hardest part, is DO NOT leave your job to go and build your empire.
The best way to make the transition is slowly.
First learn the skill and build up the online business around your current work commitments.
This will not only give you the motivation, it will show you whether you truly have the ummph to do this.
Because let’s face it working for yourself is not the easiest thing in the world
There is no one breathing down your neck telling you what to do.
If you do not have this self motivation thing figured out, then it will be easy to find yourself down a rabbit hole doing everything else except the tasks that will move you forward. Achieving nothing day in and day out, week in and week out.
When you go down the route of entrepreneurship, there is no guidance.
You will need to be able to figure things out for yourself.
You have to become a problem solver.
It was one of the difficulties for me, but I am sure you will be more determined than I was, when I came home from the JOB in the evening.
No matter how motivated I was in my head, my body just flagged. I just couldn’t get the two to work together.
I was exhausted and I didn’t want to look at a computer screen.
Afterall I had been doing so for the greater part of the day already.
My eyes were tired. My body was stiff from sitting still for most of the day producing report after report.
I’m going to be honest, it was a real struggle to find the motivation, at the end of the day, to sit again in front of the computer.
It was a real mental block to get past this first hurdle. Early warning alert.
This is how it played out.
I would return home by 6.30 pm. Full of zest that I was going to write something for my blog or do some marketing task.
I would arrive home make some dinner and sit down in front of the television to eat and before I knew it, it would be 10 pm.
I wouldn’t have even made a start.
It would carry on like this for days on end and the weekends would come and go and still in my head I would be thinking, I will do it tomorrow.
I was the chief procrastinator.
Why I procrastinated for so long, I don’t know, because deep down I wanted to change my life and knew I needed to do so.
What do you do when you are in this situation?
It’s hard making the transition from your day job to your dream life?
First, know your why?
I know you have heard this countless times before. It is beginning to sound like a drone but stop and take some time to really think about this.
If there is a key lesson I have learnt from my mentors on my journey of self-discovery, it is that you really need to know WHY you want to do this.
Why do you want to make those changes?
Believe me not liking your job is not a big enough WHY.
I’ve worked with people who retired and still didn’t like their job, this WHY has never motivated them over the years to do something about it.
It wasn’t enough to make them want to make any changes and they resigned themselves to whining about their miserable life and job until they could retire.
Do you want to be one of those?
No, I thought not so that is a good reason to work out your why?
Sit down and write down all the reasons WHY you want to do this.
Then put them into order, with the least important at the bottom working your way up till you reach your most important reason.
When you have found your top reason,
Ask yourself, Is this enough to make you want to make the changes necessary in your life?
Set Up Your Transition Plan to Create a Life You Love
Write down a date when you will achieve this by.
If you don’t define the time then you will never know when you are going to reach it.
It’s the same if you say I am going on holiday but never make a firm booking, you will probably never go.
So set a firm date when you want this to happen.
Then work out what you need to do in order to reach that goal.
Break it down by month by month, week by week and then by day by day.
Then set up a schedule for each day.
How many hours can you commit to building your education and new life every day?
Let’s be realistic here don’t say five hours when you know you won’t do it.
Better to start small then build this.
It is better to say I can commit to two hours each evening because this is doable for most people.
Two hours is enough to keep on top of things.
Now work out what you will do with those two hours because if you don’t you will be down that rabbit hole of Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and who knows what else.
Set out what you need to do to reach this goal by a specific date.
Maybe it is a training you need to complete. But don’t get stuck in training mode. If you watch a training then set aside time to implement what you have learnt and complete any action steps that have been set for you.
The problem for people transitioning is that they stop their job before they are ready .
When should you quit your job?
The only time you should stop is when you have earned enough on a passive basis to replace your current income.
When you have no debt.
When you have at least 6 months’ worth of saving behind you.
Only then can you possibly think of quitting the day number.
That is your incentive. If you want to make the changes to your life.
No one said it will be easy but it can be done.
You can make a fresh start at anytime of the year, no need to wait for the new year or the next month.
When people want a fresh start they make resolutions which frankly we all know do not work and research shows that these are forgotten by the first week of the year.
Simple Steps To Transition to the Digital Life
If you want to achieve your goals then you may be interested in this to help you there.
If you want to transition, then slow but sure always wins the race just like the tortoise and the hare, take your time, prepare, plan and know YOUR WHY.
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Because there is another way!
Here’s to living your digital life