"It was yet another boring, dreary Monday and as I slowly drove myself into work I realized that this was it! I just couldn't do it anymore...showing up everyday to job where I was unhappy! A job where I spent every second in misery but the crazy thing was, I was a very well paid employee at the top of my game in a career that had taken 20 years to build! What the hell was wrong with me?"
The truth was I was tired....tired of never having a chance to enjoy the house we paid for because I was always at work, tired of spending 2 hours a day wasting my life sitting in traffic during my commute to and from the office, tired of only having 2 weeks vacation time in a year to reap the rewards of my hard work, tired of not having time to spend with my family, tired of not even having time to spend the money I was making and tired of watching my boss live lavishly with the biggest house and flashy cars hardly doing a thing while the rest of us worked our butts off but only managed to live paycheck to paycheck...yes my salary was good and I had savings but I also had big dreams...bigger than this job could ever afford to pay me!
After a 20 year career working as a Senior Paralegal in London and USA, I suddenly realized I was not pursuing my destiny! This was a harsh reality but not as harsh as realizing that I was not living...I was simply existing! I was on automatic pilot...get up, get dressed, drive in traffic, get to work, drive in traffic home, cook dinner, spend an hour with my family, watch TV, go to bed then do it all over again and again and again.... at that moment realized I had to take the driver's seat in my life. I want to be more, do more and live more.
You see, my husband and I fell victim to the 2009 recession and both got laid off from high paying jobs. During this time we lost everything but were able to build it all back again....how? Survival Mode kicked in!
It is during this time I started venturing seriously into the world of entrepreneurship because the one lesson I learned from the recession is that Corporate America can hire and fire as they please. So although I was able to find another job, I always kept a side business as a hobby just in case I were to ever be fired again, I'd have a way of generating income.
How did I start? I started by simply using my talent to create things....doing all the things I loved to do and worked out a strategy to get paid for it. I was no longer going to leave my life in the hands of someone else because I realized at that time that no position is ever safe!
As I ventured into the world working for myself I found a new lease of life. Watching the visions for my business become a reality gave me the adrenalin to keep going. The more I mastered the art of working for myself the more I loved it. I would work 12 day shifts in the office for corporate America and come home and work 5 hours more on my business. Yes I hardly got any sleep but the passion for what I was doing kept me going! I started becoming addicted to the feeling of birthing my dreams and built several different businesses...all of which were a success and generated a substantial revenue on the side in addition to my paycheck because I put my heart and soul into it.
In 2015 I stepped into the year knowing things were going to be different. My desire to be my own Boss was strong and while on vacation for my birthday in Cancun...God sent me a vision and that's how Mindset Over Everything was born. As I began to work on launching my business I still planned to work for another year in my position but it seemed God had other plans.
For some reason, after launching my business everyday in the office working for my employer got worse, more drama, more chaos, more responsibility with no extra pay...everybody in the building was unhappy and daily I felt my soul being sucked away. I prayed to God for guidance....I had not saved enough money yet to comfortably walk away from the job but each day was becoming more unbearable.
Well as I sat in my office car park a year ago today, a tear rolled down my face. I realized I was in the driver's seat and could make the decision to live my life how I pleased. I realized that I had been holding myself hostage by constantly doing something I no longer wanted to do, that no longer satisfied me or made me feel as though I was pursuing my purpose...just for a paycheck!
That's when the fear kicked in...a voice inside my head kept saying "how will you pay your bills? You are going to go broke! You will lose everything! You will fail! ...silly girl, this is everything you've worked for, you cant do anything else!" ...immediately after that thought, I heard the Lord whisper "For years you have chased a paycheck, are you ready to choose me instead? ...walk in your purpose and I will provide everything you need, I have more in store for you than you could ever imagine!
At that very moment, I dried my tears walked calmly into the building and handed in my notice. ...and that was IT! As I drove back home the fear I fought I would feel from walking away from all I had ever known was there but there was a greater feeling of expectation, excitement, adrenalin...I was about to finally start living!
From that day to this I have shown up EVERY DAY in my business like I showed up for work as an employee and yes I even put in more hours buts its worth it! During this year God kept his promise to me and has blessed me abundantly. He has opened doors I didn't even knock on, I been on more vacations this year than in my past years, I've spent more time with my family and have done more, learned more and obtained more all by simply having faith in the Lord and following through with consistent action. Yes there a bad days and yes sometimes it gets tough but the Lord has already proved to me that with him I cannot lose and he gives me what I need to continue to show and prove. With him I will never lose!
I tell you this not for you to walk into your office right now and hand in your notice but for you to understand the difference between living and existing. If what you do does not ignite a continuous fire in you, does not push you to want more & do more and does not bring passion out of you, then you are doing the wrong thing. Its time to be still and ask God what HIS plan is for you. Don't be fearful...God will move mountains to give you what he has for you if its in his plans for you. Giant leaps require faith not fear....its time to start jumping!
CREATE YOUR LIFE - DON'T LET LIFE CREATE YOU!
Dr. Lakisha Ross
CEO, Mindset Over Everything, Inc.
Certified Life Coach & Online Business Strategist
*Changing Lives One Mindset At A Time*
Need help in figuring it all out and mapping out your next "Success" steps then feel free to contact Dr. Lakisha Ross directly at (239) 810-7313 or via the contact form on the website www.MindsetOverEverything.com.