Build the courage and simply go for it.
It’s a difficult decision to make – relocating your entire life. Inside your head I am sure there are troublesome thoughts. Even if you don’t want to admit it, I know they are there. Taking the leap into a remote lifestyle is a huge change that defies the traditional way “normal people” think about work. You have every right to be concerned, in fact, if turning your life upside down doesn’t give you any grief you may need to worry!
In this post I’m going to give you inspiration. For anyone considering this lifestyle change, you need to let the experts guide you. Listen to their reassurance that you are making the right choice. As follows are my favorite quotes, that I regularly turn to when I need to reaffirm I have chosen the right path.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.“
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Forge your own path, and create your own destiny for yourself.
“If a man would move the world, he must first move himself.“
To affect any great change in the world, you yourself must be willing to change.
“Choice empowers people and makes for a more content workforce. One day offices will be a thing of the past.”
- Richard Branson
Probably the most famous and successful remote professional, Sir Richard speaks the truth about the future. This is the ultimate reason to take advantage of this lifestyle now: the world is headed that way.
“In 20 years, you will be more disappointed by what you didn’t do than by what you did.“
- Mark Twain
Live with no regrets, and never wonder what might have been. Take charge and live the life you want to live.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.“
- Charles Darwin
You need to be ready for anything. The key to managing yourself remotely is becoming your own manager. It’s a new skill-set, and those that master it learn the true freedom of being your own boss.
“Action will remove the doubt that theory cannot solve.“
- Petryl Hsieh
Only by taking action towards your goals will you ever hope to achieve anything. Have the courage to try. The absolute worst case scenario is that you fail, but if you do you will never doubt your action.
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.“
- Bruce Lee
Similar to the quote above, I like this thought. Normal people over analyze everything they do. It’s much easier to argue and question than it is to actually do something. If you want to make progress, start by taking action, today.
“We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations.“
- Stephen Covey
It’s up to you to push your boundaries. No one else is going to do this for you.
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.“
- Greg Anderson
I like this reminder that you need to enjoy every aspect of your day. Your experiences while working remotely will be unparalleled, don’t forget to enjoy them.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.“
- Steve Jobs
Anyone considering a change in lifestyle may hear negative feedback, possibly from friends and family, primarily because they don’t understand your choices. I like this as a last thought because it encourages you to drown out unnecessary noise, listen only to your inner heart and take action.
Life comes down to doing what you love, and living a life that makes you happy to be alive. This will mean different things to many people. Personally, I cannot imagine ever working in an office again. Take inspiration and courage from these quotes, and I look forward to the beginning of your own journey.
Author: Travis Bennett