What is it that is truly holding you back? That is the question you need to ask yourself consistently, and it’s a question I asked myself this weekend just gone. The answer is going to be different for everyone, but for me, I just found out that it was the polar opposite to what I thought.
It’s not even the end of February and already, 2017 has been monumental! Those of you who read my last post will be familiar with the intentions I set for myself at the end of last year. But if not, basically (amongst other things) I wanted to pay off all my debts, become more authentic to myself in order to inspire those around me to live a better life, to semi-retire from plumbing and create a new source of income. Nearly all of these have been accomplished and it’s not even March.
I realised early in the year that plumbing was holding me back in a big way and to only semi retire was to only go forth at half throttle. I’m not one to do things half arsed. So two weeks ago I made the decision to completely retire from plumbing. This was a not a decision I took lightly and I sat with it for a few days. But once I had made up my mind I felt incredibly empowered and ready to move mountains.
The past couple of weeks have been about finishing up my last jobs and tying off loose ends in the plumbing world. But it’s also been about diving into a whole new world manifested by yours truly to give me maximum freedom and plant the seed for wealth. This, my friends, is the beginning of an entire new chapter in the Adventures of Earthboy. No 40 hour work week for me.
To sum it up I have been teaching Cert II in Plumbing twice a week, I have started working for an online life coaching program and have opened the door to the world of network marketing. The latter two being sources of income that are directly related to the amount of work I put in. Thus enabling me to dictate my own work week, make more money and stop hammering my body being a tradie.
So as you may know, starting one new job can be stressful. But wrapping up a business whilst starting THREE new jobs is a quantum leap into the deep end. Full immersion into the unknown! I found myself starting to lose track of time, getting busy in the mind. This is something that I mastered last year; time control. When you are present in the moment, (that is not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future) Time slows down! It took me a week or so to tune in to the fact that I was losing this, but I called myself out on it. When I thought about it, I realised that I was worrying about money too much. I was so focused on paying off my debts and paying off the final bills that come with wrapping up a business, that I had lost touch with my most precious value; freedom.
You may be thinking something like “But hang on a second. You have to pay off your debts, they’re not going to disappear like magic, you can’t just ignore them” I’m very aware of that, and I have a way out that doubles up on the outcome for maximum gain.
Q. Why do we accumulate debt?
A. To pay for shit we can’t afford.
Bonus points if you answered – To pay for shit we can’t afford in an attempt to buy our happiness and justify locking ourselves into a career until we’re old and decrepit.
What I realised was that it isn’t just a lack of money holding me back from paying off my debts. It is in fact very reciprocal. My debts are overwhelming me and taking away my time and money! And it’s always been that way! I got my first loan as a first year apprentice while I was earning $200 a week and have been just behind ever since. No matter how much I earned, always living just out of my means. It’s like a never ending whirlpool and I’ve been trying to swim against the current. I’ve decided to give in, I’m going to let the whirlpool take me back to zero… This thought has been reoccurring in my mind consistently for the past 10 years. And if I’m honest with myself, the only reason I haven’t put it into effect is because I’m afraid. Afraid of what true freedom is going to feel like.
So I’m doing it. I’m selling all my belongings. All my material possessions, all my plumbing tools and equipment, my car, everything that isn’t necessary for me to exist. This is going to pay off 100% of all my debts meaning that every single dollar I earn is mine! (Except for the tax man, he probably wants some, but we’ll see what happens)
I’m not going to lie, I’m nervous! Not because I won’t have any belongings any more. But because for the first time in my working life I will be absolutely free to do what I want. To work where I want and to live where I want.
It’s funny, I thought it was my debt that was holding me back, but it was only fear. I’ve known this life for so long that had become comfortable, content and complacent. I have been trying to win at the game, but it’s not built for us to win, us winning is not in the rules! I’m going to take my little thimble back to GO and re-write the rules. I’m going to create my own wealth. But wealth to me is not just about money. It’s a collection of essential human needs, consisting of these five elements:
- Love, free-flowing universal love
- A connection with nature and the Earth
- A connection with myself, my brothers and my sisters of this world
- Money with no chains attached
- And time to allow all this to happen
I’m excited for the new adventures that await, excited to see what this world has to offer a free man. I’m proud of myself that I’ve finally decided to take the bull by the horns and let him know who’s boss. I feel empowered and ready to own this life. I am ready to be better than the person in the mirror, but love that person at the same time. I’m ready to go forward, full power and enjoy the ride. Because the ride is the best bit.