Writer| Author of Working in The Gig Economy | Curator | Columnist at Inc. Magazine. Featured at Business Insider, Forbes, Entrepreneur, etc.
Nov 30, 2015 · 3 min

How to Create The Life You Want Without Compromising The One You Have

You are not alone if you are thinking about changing jobs or starting a new business and quitting your current job. Most people are unhappy with their present jobs.

But how do you build the life you want when you’ve got to pay the bills in the process of change especially when nothing is guaranteed in the process of starting something new.

You cannot stay in your comfort zone forever. Career magic happens outside your safe boundary. Until you make that all important decision to take that crucial step, you will feel stuck for a very long time.

If you’ve been attracted to the idea of being your own boss, or by the prospect of creating jobs for others, these ideas will help you create the life you so desire without compromising the current one you have. Well, at some point you will have to give it up to focus on your new found career.

This is supposed to make the transition smother but not easier. I can’t promise you an easy life outside your safe environment but if you take the best approach possible you will be glad you did.

2. What is the one thing or career you really want?

If you know what you are looking forward to, you can plan, set time-bound, realistic and measurable goals to achieve it. Don’t keep it in your heard.

Lots of people have so many things they want to do but they end up wishing all year round without taking action. Write it down. Give yourself time.

Make a decision to start somewhere. And when it’s time to get on with it, don’t postpone it. Do what you have to do. Once you commit time to it and begin to put things on paper, every other idea about the people and resources you need to make it happen will begin to be clear to you.

2. Don’t Just think about it, Act!

Action begets outcome. Outcome begets more action. You can only create or build when you make a move. Momentum builds through action. You can’t see the results you expect until you overcome your fear of starting and begin to take the first step at actually creating a new business, starting a new project or building the life you want. The only thing worse than failure is not starting.

Failure is not final. There are way too many people out there who want to stay in their comfort zone and take no action but still complain of their current life. Don’t be one of them. A single step gets you closer to your dream career.

Don’t discount the power of action no matter how small.

You don’t have to quit your current job to act on your ideas. You also don’t want to be working on your personal projects at work. Your boss wouldn’t like that.

Figure out the best time outside your normal work hours to get something done. You don’t even have to do most things yourself. You could outsource or get someone else involved.

3. Set clear boundaries.

Try and make sure your job and personal current project do not overlap. It probably will but you need to manage and avoid it. It can become a problem when you use your company’s resources to kick start your new side project.

If you don’t take your work home, you definitely shouldn’t be taking your personal project to work. When you have a flexible work schedule, you may not see the harm in working on your own business at work, but your immediate boos won’t tolerate it. Separate the two to make things easier for yourself.

4. Plan your transition.

Once you have decided to start a side project to build your dream business, you will at some point make that bold decision to do it full-time. Make sure you have planned for it before you make that all important move.

Most people will keep postponing that decision for a very long time for financial security reasons. It’s understandable especially when you have bills to pay and a family to support.

You are less likely to even start your own business when you have a family. The important point here is that the decision to quit should not be taken lightly. Carefully monitor the progress of your project.

Have you made significant contacts who could be clients or support you when you start? How soon can your launch? What is your single most important success factor? And do you have that in your control?

There won’t be a clear indication when to go into your project full-time. But sooner or later you will have to transition out of your current position to build the life you want if you really want a change.

I originally published this post on Entrepreneur.com

The author is the founder and curator at Postanly, a free weekly newsletter that delivers the most insightful and popular long-form posts from top publishers.

Thomas OppongWriter| Author of Working in The Gig Economy | Curator | Columnist at Inc. Magazine. Featured at Business Insider, Forbes, Entrepreneur, etc.
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