PP 073: Focus on Freedom Rather than Fear
In this episode, I discuss how it’s important for us to focus on our dreams and freedom to keep from getting held back by our fears.
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Welcome back to another episode of positive productivity. Today, I want to talk to you about the fear of freedom until about a year ago, 98% of all the work, if not a 100% of all the work I was doing was all on clients. When I started my business, I was so excited to have my first clients come in and because I was still working a full-time job, I had dreams of getting more and more and more clients and it’s funny to think now that I was trying to figure out how I could book myself out to eighty hours a week. Now, if you’ve listened to any of the prior episodes of the positive productivity podcasts, you know that getting adequate sleep is something that’s very important to me at that point. However, I was just looking forward to getting out of the full-time job and being self-employed.
For any of you who are going through this transition right now, I am not saying that trying to get booked for more and more and more work perhaps well over 40 hours a week is necessarily a bad thing because I understand the excitement of getting out of full-time employment. What I do want you to consider though is where you are accounting for self-care and time with your friends and family. I’m going to jump off that soapbox though and get back to what I was initially talking about. As time went on, I realized that I didn’t want to be doing so much client work and I really wanted to be building out some products and services of my own. These were the types of products and services which wouldn’t require me to be trading dollars for hours and I really wanted to set up courses and memberships which wouldn’t require me to be in front of my computer all the time.
With that said, though, anybody who’s been through this and set up a course or a program knows that there’s still a ton of time required in front of your computer and actually producing. I don’t know that I really believe that there is such thing as passive income because even passive income takes quite a bit of time to set up. About a year ago, I was reading a blog post and the author was talking about how she had started to transform her business to letting go of some client work and doing more work of her own and building out her own projects. A light bulb went off in my head and I immediately contacted her to ask her how she had done it and when I got her response she said: “She started making little shifts” and that’s what I started doing as well. Over the past year, I have slowly transitioned from working, as I said, 95% – 100% on client tasks to doing more and more of my own internal tasks, things like this podcast and writing a book and building out a membership site in other programs and while it has been scary because I didn’t know if I was going to be able to cover all the expenses.
I need to tell you that if you’re facing this fear, you just need to keep on going. The more I’ve been able to focus on my passion projects and what I believe is my true calling, the more that fear has subsided while I’m bringing in the same amount that I was last year with less client work. My heart feels so much better coming into my office everyday and sitting down at my desk. I’m excited about what I’m doing and even though money can be a little bit tight, I’m excited and I know that everything is going to be all right. Increasing your freedom to do what you want and live the life you want. Whether it’s relationship wise or work wise, this can all be very scary. There’s always the unknown, but if you’re doing it for the right reasons, I urge you to just charge ahead.
Looking back about six years, I had just left my ex-husband and I remember standing in my kitchen one night scared about how it’s going to pay my rent and my utilities and I just looked up at the sky and shook my head and asked God what the heck I had gotten myself into. I remember it was such a tough night, but it was mostly tough because I was focusing on the wrong thing because I was focusing on the money and not on the impact I was making in my life. Even though money was very tight. I was happier than I’d ever been. And now when I fast forward six years, I see that same reflection again. If I can get past the fear of income and focus on the impact that I’m making, then the fear of practically subsided completely. I want you all to focus on the freedom. Focus on the life that you’re trying to build for yourself and stop focusing on the fears of everything that can go wrong. I subscribed to the love attraction and I firmly do believe that thoughts become things so when we’re thinking about those fears, those fears will come true. Focus on your freedom, focus on all the good things that will come from it, and with that said, go forth and have a positive and productive day.