I was reading a piece by one of my favorite thought leaders, Marianne Williamson entitled, "The Infantilization of The American."
Now let that really sink in . . .
She’s saying we’ve all been trained to be infants . . . ouch.
“We’re trained to think junk thoughts the way we’re trained to eat junk food, and we become accustomed to it. Something has to happen to jolt us out of our infantilized state. Something has to happen to remind us to grow up.”
And you know what? She’s absolutely right.
In order to step up to who you really are, stand for what you believe in, take action to pursue your Non-Nine-to-Five purpose . . . and I mean REALLY pursue it, it takes growing up.
When we’re so accustomed to things going the way they’ve been going we get STUCK in a RUT doing the same ol’ same ol’.
So, what does it take to JOLT us up and out?
What does it take to STOP succumbing to our excuses?
What needs to happen to CUT OUT the junk?
In September of 2013 when I was FINALLY SO sick and tired of myself and my excuses I was presented with the opportunity to work with my business mentor. Here was the JOLT I needed, and it was pretty damn clear. I seized the opportunity despite my financial fears ($100k in debt, paying NYC rent on my own) and all of my other fears (what if she swindles me out of my money, what if this program doesn’t work, what if I can’t make this business work, etc.) and 8 years later here I am.
And by the way, making the decision to move through my fears rather than allowing them to “keep me safe” felt like such a radical jolt that I didn’t tell my family or friends for quite some time that I had made the investment to enroll in my mentors’ program.
The moral of this story is: You can stay where you are for the rest of your life allowing fears and excuses to run the show, consuming more and more junk or...not. We ALWAYS have a choice.
Remain infantilized (false sense of safety) or grow up (get jolted and take radical action).
Which will you choose?
Seeing you Successfully Self-Employed,
P.S.: The work we do at The Non-Nine-to-Five™ is focused, in depth, and creates mature results. Joi, one of our newest members shared this on our Community forum this week:
“A few weeks ago I had my first VIP Day with Jen and today I'm celebrating that I feel more in flow with my photography business. I've been reaching out to people, finding new ways to market myself from the heart, and feeling energized about creating fun ways of visually sharing what I do. I've also been photographing for the past few days, return clients and one new client. I'm also celebrating that I'm working on pricing packages which were so daunting to me and now it feels like a fun puzzle to solve.”