I had been planning to leave…
I had been planning to leave like most people do, and had it all mapped out. Now I didn’t realize then, but my planning started over 10 years ago.
I remember that I had just changed majors so I took some classes at Houston Community College while I transitioned between schools.
I was sitting in my business management class taught by an older eccentric black lady. She was cool, but you never knew which way she was going to take class.
So one day she was challenging us something and I zoned out. It was like an aha moment and I started writing all my goals and dreams as if they were clear as day, and I never stopped.
I never stopped writing my plans, organizing my ideas, reviewing the costs…In short I never stopped revisiting my goals and dreams.
Looking back it was almost like I was writing my own story. When it was time to make the decision to move forward in my career I remembered that most of what I wrote down and put my mind to, actually happened.
So that’s where I started in making the decision to leave today. I revisited those goals to see which ones I had accomplished and what was still on the bucket list. I figured, “Know where you’re going to get what you want”.
If you haven’t figured this out take the time to figure out what exactly it is that you want. This is the most important piece of information to have when applying the steps I’m going to give you.
So after talking with the Mrs. and adding a few new goals to the bucket it was time to make a plan that boiled down to these 3 steps.
First, check your budget. Undoubtedly, it’s going to get worse before it gets better financially. You’ll need money to weather the storm in the beginning. Tuning up the good old budget will help save money and help those goals become a little clearer.
Where do you start? Bottom line, what do you need to feed your family, and work backwards from there. Make compromises on lifestyle. Do you need cable, alcohol, nails etc? If its hard to figure out what to cut start adding the cost up. That cup of coffee everyday can add up to the thousands.
What do you need to save? On an annual basis how much do you need to hit $1 million in 10 years, or $5 million in 20 years, or whatever your goals are.
Lets not forget those loans. How does sallie mae factor into this, medical bills, negative credit history.
When it was all said it and done you’ll have some good clean goals to hit.
Next, familiarize yourself with the industry you are moving into. If you don’t know what the next move is this may help. It’ll be evident what types of professions will bring in the cash you need.
Make sure that you study the trends to determine what you need to accomplish in the short and long term. You may only have a few years to take advantage of the industry or there may be changes coming that you should be preparing for.
At this point you should be able to figure out what kind of production you need to have in order to hit your goals and meet you budget.
Last, acquire what you need in order to be successful. You’ll likely need training, equipment, even policy or some kind of procedure for hitting the goals you’ve just set for yourself.
It’s easy to get carried away so reach out to someone that has done what you are trying to do. This way you can focus on the things that matter.
After acquiring all the tools and testing my processes I was ready to go. I like to let things settle in before I make decisions so I gave myself some time to let the plan wear on me so I could work out the kinks until I was comfortable. I’m a measure twice cut once kind of guy.
As you can see its all about goal setting and planning. The only thing holding me back at this point was fear. I kept telling myself to act later, just let me save a little more, let me accomplish one more thing. It wasn’t until I realized the choice really wasn’t mine that I reacted.
If it wasn’t for my wife, Id probably still be stuck in the same cycle. Her and the birth of my daughter sent me down a path that I never looked back from. I made a choice, developed a plan, and now my only job is to execute.