It may seem redundant to blog about Christmas casual work in February, but stay with me because the message remains relevant.
Let’s go back to the beginning, why did I do all this? eBay, AirBNB, getting really sore feet working as a Christmas casual? Was it for:
Cash jackpot!!! – not really, although it was great to earn extra money
Glory – glory, glory, hallelujah. Not my aim, but I did myself proud.
or Wealthy Chick went crazy – excellent guess, but it’s sort of my natural state.
The real reason I was motivated to do this was a growing concern that although a lot of people I meet say they want more wealth, they don’t do anything! Let’s look at some of the reasons why this might happen:
Don’t look/ Cannot see the opportunities – there a lots of opportunities to any problem, but sometimes we get so stuck we don’t look, or we have a bit of a peek and if we can’t see an opportunity immediately we give up. This may be the time to stop thinking so hard, or ask for help. You know those times when the first person you approach comes up with a simple solution, the one staring you in the face, the WHOLE FREAKING TIME. So you call them a smarty pants bitch, because they are! Yet, drum roll to my next point……
Still don’t do anything! Nothing, nada, what the! I suffer from this, I frustrate myself, it’s not logical, I do nothing. Fear creeps in, mostly unfounded, and to make it worse, the longer I put it off the harder it becomes to take action. This leads to my next point….
Amazing Excuses –some may call them reasons. Yes, some options will not be possible, but when you workshop a list of opportunities and the “reasons” why every option won’t work are getting very creative/ petty, they are excuses. A go to excuse for me is ” I will do it wrong”, and yet I insist I’m not a perfectionist, mm we’ll leave that alone. Which brings me to my next reason, and some tough love is in store…
Love their story – I’m not saying anyone likes being an Un-Wealthy Chick, but at times we sure as shit love talking about it, passionately, over and over again. This is not to be confused with asking for helping and some background information is important. This is when you repeat your “woe is me, it’s harder for me” story, vocally and in your head, so often that the story sticks and becomes a part of you. You’re convinced what you earn is all you can earn, there are no opportunities, and if an opportunity sneaks up and slaps you in the face it will be so far removed from your reality that it’s impossible…and it will be, for you.
So how do you overcome the fear, the crappy excuses, and the overwhelming urge to stay in your horrible, but comfortable, story? Warning, you might not like the answer.
Dive in, take one step. This is me skydiving, initially I was very scared, and the little step out of the plane seemed impossible, but it quickly turned to excitement, yes that is a very happy face! Location: Queenstown, New Zealand.
Just like skydiving, at first everything in this series felt uncomfortable but it was momentary. I didn’t get hurt, I didn’t get much wrong, I achieved additional income and more importantly, pride in myself and my capabilities. I am reminded of a quote from the fabulous Winnie the Pooh:
“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” Good advice from a bear.
As this blog has so much information I created a two-part mini series, with the last episode based on my Christmas casual experience, coming later today. I promise it ties everything together.