Recently I bumped into an acquaintance who I hadn’t seen for a long time, and during the conversation, I asked if she was still planning on starting her own business.
Her reply: “Not anymore, I’ve put those thoughts to the side, and I don’t think about them anymore – you know how it is… you start making money, and then you feel trapped by the income and next thing you know, you stop thinking about your dreams”.
She ended by saying “Do you know what I mean?”
Yes. I knew exactly what she meant.
It’s called the affluence trap – and it’s a multifaceted trap which includes:
Once upon a time, I was stuck in my comfort zone and the affluence trap until I realized the price I was paying was too high and that I had to push myself past my comfort zone.
It wasn’t easy to leave my comfort zone and the affluence trap I found myself in, and it isn’t for more people. The vast majority of us are not born with a silver spoon in our mouth – meaning; most of us have to work for a living.
But, with that said, we can begin to push ourselves out of our comfort zone by:
In my case, I went back to school while still employed in corporate life and although I didn’t know what life would look like without my corporate career – I had faith in the not yet seen. Meaning, I believed that my dreams and goals would come to fruition – I didn’t know how or in what capacity, but I believed in the unseen.
Becoming an entrepreneur has required hard work, grit and determination and many ups and down’s, including feeling like my goals are moving smoothly and steadily along – to times when my goals feel they are stagnating and not making any progress at all. And it’s a time’s like these that I remember to Believe in the not yet seen.
So how do you move out of your comfort zone?
First realize that you are not trapped in any situation that you may find yourself in – be it your career, finances, relationships, your weight, etc. You are not stuck. Second, realize that you can empower yourself by making small changes to move out of your comfort zone. Believe in the not yet seen and take steps each day (no matter how big or small) towards realizing your dreams.
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