Sometimes simple is not easy.
Decide what you want, not what you don’t want.
Most of us have a vague idea of what we want in our lives. We usually have a very clear idea of what we don’t want, though. This is a good place to start. If you know that you don’t want to work in a cubicle, where do you want to work? At home in your pajamas? Outdoors? In the corner office? You deserve it, so why not have what makes you happy?
Think about what would be different if you had what you want. Write all this down in a list.
If you work at home in your pajamas, your commute would no longer be a source of stress for you. No one would eat your lunch from the office fridge or jam the copy machine and walk away. Pajamas are sooo comfortable.
You will also need to do several things, including get rid of your suits, have a home office (or couch), get yourself out of bed every day and work without spending 4 hours playing Candy Crush or watching a whole season of Swamp People, and very likely pay for your own health care.
Think about this a lot. Read about the jobs that allow pajamas. Do some have health insurance? What skills do you have that would allow you to have your own business? What skills would you need to acquire? Do you need to save money? How long will this take?
Make the things on your list happen.
You can’t anticipate everything. Some of the things on the list will be easer than others, but do some of them today. Start on the difficult and complicated ones today, too. Talk about this goal and the list with people who will listen to you, especially if they have done some of these things themselves. Do some more things from your list tomorrow. And the next day, and the next. Then, take the leap.
Knowing what you want is a big step. Knowing what you have to do, and having it written down will keep you focused on the goal, and help open your eyes to opportunities that you might otherwise miss.
It might not be easy.
Do it anyway.
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