Quitting your job is SCARY! And there are so many limiting beliefs that keep you chained to your desk (trust me I’ve experienced them all!) but it doesn’t have to be this way! Here are my 5 steps to letting go of the limiting beliefs that are preventing you from quitting your day job:
1. Accept that a 9-5 does NOT give you financial security
You could be fired from your job tomorrow. You employer could go into liquidation. Your entire life could fall apart. I’m not trying to scare you, but the reality is that most people hold onto their 9-5 jobs because they believe that it gives them financial security. But in reality, self employment is going to give you the same amount of financial security (or lack thereof depending on how you want to look at it).
Once you stop believe that you have financial security, you’ll likely start to realise that finances are NOT holding you back, because the fact is that the thing that normally holds people back is fear, which leads us to our next step:
2. Make peace with fear
Fear of the unknown, fear of judgement, fear of failure, fear of complete financial dissolution. I get it, quitting your job is terrifying. So how do you make peace with fear? Well…
3. Accept that you CAN earn an income by yourself (and have fun while you’re doing it!)
From an early age most of us are trained to believe that the only way to earn a living or be a respectable member of society is to be an employee. We’re told that we have to work long hours for minimal reward because that’s just how life works. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Think about it this way. If a company is paying you money, that means that you are making them a lot more money. They aren’t paying you out of the goodness of their hearts. They invest money in you, and you give them a return on their investment. So if a company is prepared to invest in you, why aren’t you prepared to invest in yourself?
4. Realise that you have marketable skills that you can use to generate an income
If you have a day job, you have skills. You probably underestimate how valuable and knowledgeable your skills really are. Or if you don’t have a day job, maybe you’re an amazing stay-at-home mum with parenting skills that you can use to help others, or maybe you’re a great cook. Stop devaluing yourself and start to realise that you an amazing person with a unique set of skills that only you can offer the world.
Once you let go of your limiting beliefs, you can starting working towards quitting your day job.