by Agent Kevin Miller
…because without it, you may never change. I unfortunately believe that to be true for most people, me included.
If you’ve been reading or listening for long now, you know my stance is that it’s your responsibility to discover and pursue your personal calling, and it’s very hard to fully live out and engage in your calling when you are traditionally employed. It just sucks up too much of your time and energy.
But to rock the boat of your current circumstances and commit to a hard journey of life change, is rare. And my experience is that it normally doesn’t happen if or until a great trial, tribulation or tragedy strikes.
Now…the worst enemy of all is NOTHING happening. Then you end up 60 and give up, turning your attention to doing what you can to coast to the end in as much comfort as you can afford.
So does anyone achieve success without bad happening? Sure! But seldom. So you can now decide what you want to happen:
Wait till tragedy
Commit and go forth now
I personally never had a problem going for broke and pursuing my passions. Trouble was…I initially ended up broke. Which is what most of you fear most. Well, guess what, that was the trial and tribulation it took for me to marry wisdom along with passion. Wisdom in the form of seeking help, counsel and accountability and to quit going it alone. Getting the ‘Self’ out of self-employment.
Honestly, I can’t say going broke was even what did it, I might still be scrambling to piece things together if my dear wife hadn’t finally hit me with, “I love you, but I’m done. I’ve lost faith, and I’m thinking about packing the kids up and leaving while you come to some sense of sanity.”
I wish I’d come to my senses before hitting the bottom. But…I didn’t.
Part of this is getting honest with yourself. Do you really believe in doing something different? Pursuing ‘calling’ and ‘self-employment’ and a life of wholeness and purpose? Cause at heart you may just not be convicted. So…make peace with that.
If however, you do believe…then what is going to happen to disrupt your life and go forth? How bad does it have to get?
AGAIN, one of these will end up being your reality, big change and payoff won’t find you or happen to you:
This is the bulk of society. They went to school, worked a ton at various jobs, raised some kids, retired and spent the last 20+ years trying to fill the time with something other than doctors visits for their failing health. That’s honestly the norm and where you’ll get the least resistance
Wait ’til tragedy
Tragedy comes in various forms for people. Near fatal health issues, end or sever strain of relationships (divorce or death), financial ruin such as deep debt or bankruptcy, depression, loss of career, crisis of faith, etc… I shared above that for me it was financial and marital, but I’ve seen many other vehicles as the catalyst for others.
Again, this is the rarity. This is the person who honestly wakes up as dependent on the Lord when things are OK, as they do when their child is on the deathbed. I’m seeing myself mature more these days. Making big decisions when I’m healthy instead of waiting till it gets really unhealthy. Cause I’ve seen how much harder it is to right things after they really, really go wrong.
So what’s the verdict for you? Pick one:
I think this is a crock and over time I’ll slowly create something better, or it will happen to me on it’s own
Things aren’t good now, but I still choose to remain steady because my fear of what may happen if I go after something big is just to great
I believe I should act, but I don’t know what it till take to cause me to
I know I need to do something now, I’ll never be ‘ready’, but here we go…
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