Sometimes it seems that you’re going in circles, getting nowhere fast, more like the old joke, “I don’t know where I’m going but I’m making great time.”
There are some significant factors that may be keeping you back, e.g., fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of letting go of the familiar, fear of starting over, fear of disappointing those you love, fear of rejection, fear of poverty, etc.
It’s certainly easier to start a new life when you move to the other side of the world where no one knows you. You can leave past mistakes behind and the people you meet will only be able to judge you on the basis of what you are doing now.
But most people can’t just pick up and move to the other side of the world; they can’t even move to the other side of their country. So what do you do when you feel that you’re working as hard as you can but you aren’t getting anywhere?
I make it a practice to make a major change in my career every two years so that I don’t get into a rut. I have given up a reliable income just because I was bored and didn’t want to go through life feeling that everything was same old, same old. I may not be able to move geographically, but I can move my mind, my habits, my expectations, and my life.
Think about it. Are you the same person you were in your twenties and thirties? If you are, then you are doing something wrong. Each of us has gone through experiences that have changed us in some way and to say that we are untouched by those experiences is to deny ourselves the essence of life.
Whenever I decide to make a major change, I ask myself what I want to accomplish. If you’re going to come up with a game plan, you have to start out with an objective in mind. It can’t be just that you are bored and want to do something different.
You might even want to start out with a time frame for experimenting with different things before you make up your mind. But once you have decided on your next step, dive into the deep end of the pool and start on your new enterprise. If you love it, the money will follow.