If You Don’t Change Today, When Will You?

When was the last time you changed?

I mean really changed, not just a little.

I mean stepped completely out of your comfort zone, and did something so radical, when you told people about it they gave you the look … “whaaatttt?”

If you know either Andrew or myself, you probably know we’ve been doing stuff like that for a long time. Trust me when I say our parents gave up a long time ago questioning the way we do things. Just when they are comfortable with what we are doing, we “surprise” them and do something completely new. And sometimes completely off the wall.

When we started up our photography business years ago, we did it on the side for awhile. Until one day we quit it all and worked at it full time. With all of our family completely in the “job” mentality, they definitely questioned our sanity.

Or when we decided to sell our house last summer so we could move into a condo, and travel the world anytime we choose. Our daughter is off to college in a year, and we know travel is more important to us than a large yard that takes a ton of time in the summer months.

Or when we announced we were taking a six week trip to Europe. Yep, not 6 days or a couple of weeks – 6 weeks. While multi-week travel is common in many countries in the world, in the US, 6 weeks seems like a verrrryyyy long time to most people.

When we looked at it, we said, “why not”? But everyone around us said, “what, how can you do that”?

That’s the brilliance of building up a business and a lifestyle that allows you to do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it. Nothing holds you back. If you want to stay home, stay home. If you want to travel, travel. If you want to work at your business, work at it.

Nothing holds you back.

So let me ask you a question. Right now, what would you love to do?

Now let me ask you another question. What is holding you back?

Over a year ago, we looked at our lives and said, “what do we want to do?” We knew our business was completely transportable – with a computer we can work anywhere in the world.

So we asked the next question. “What’s holding us back?” Hands down, it was our home. When we left on vacation two years ago for two weeks, we were a wreck worrying about our gardens and lawn. Colorado is a great place to live, but its hard to keep things alive in the garden in the summer heat without being around all the time.

So we asked another question. “What’s more important, the house or travel?” Travel won. So we put our house on the market and found a great condo close to our daughter’s school. And made plans for our first trip – 6 weeks in Europe.

It’s not about what is in your life now, it’s what you want to do with your life tomorrow.

It’s not about what you have to live with today, it’s what will make you happy tomorrow.

It’s not about putting up with what has always been. It’s about planning to make every day better from this day forward.

If you’re not willing to change today, when will you?

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  • http://blog.vaughnbarry.com/ Barrie Wedding Photographer

    Not long ago I made a similar decision to pursue photography and aim to make it a full time gig soon enough. Make the change and go for it! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://yashmatunited.blogspot.com Tom

    This was something great for me to read on a day like today. I’m on the verge of doing like 2 or 3 out of character tasks and you just pushed me off the cliff. :-)

    Nice and uplifting, thanks!!

  • http://www.usbmemorydirect.com Vincent from USB Memory Direct

    This is an excellent post thanks for sharing! Having the freedom to truly be able to do what I want is my main goal right now and this was excellent encouragement to do the sometimes risky things required to get to that point.

  • http://virtualphotographystudio.com Virtual Photography

    Thanks Vincent – glad you enjoyed it!
    Lori