The Escape Plan: Start By Taking Out The TrashPosted on Oct 25, 2012 | 12 comments
If it weren't for our condo lease and the time-consuming process of leaving our jobs, we'd be gone by now. I have no idea where we would go, but we'd be going somewhere. There is nothing holding us back.
A few years ago we didn't think like this. We'd find ourselves getting stuck on what to do with the little things. The sofa, the TV, the car, the books. We'd worry about things that now seem completely irrelevant. But the magic truth is: Once something's gone, you don't have to worry about it anymore.
Depending on where you begin, your escape might take a while. You might have to save your money for a few years, or pay off your debt, or simply muster up the courage to go do something different. But if you're looking for an easy place to start your journey, then this is that place.
It's amazing how we find ways to keep our stuff around. And what's even more amazing is that people are creating books, blogs, and products designed to teach us how to get rid of our junk.
Do we really need help with this? Do we really need books and gurus to help us break free from all the crap in our closet?
When we can't have what we really want, we begin to settle for things we think we want. We start shopping, watching TV, or getting into some new exercise kick. We pass our time by hanging out with our stuff. Stuff we don't need, want, or care about, but can't seem to tear ourselves away from. It is an addicting dilemma.
Escape plans all tend to start off in the same place. We're sitting around one day and we get struck by an idea. We think, "Wouldn't it be great if . . .", and then we start to consider the ways in which we can make our grand idea come to life. What is the first big step I need to take to make IT happen?
Well, to get from point A to point B you have to get moving, and it's a whole lot easier to move when you're not being weighed down by a whole bunch of crap.
Just Take Out The Trash Already
We are all professionals at making excuses. We get so caught up in it all. When it comes to purging, or organizing, or clearing out the clutter, we will always find ways to make things way harder than they need to be.
I think I can get more for that on Ebay?
How can I, being the environmentally conscious soul that I am, sustainably dispose of this piece of crap?
How will little Johnny be able to survive without last month's favorite toy?
Sound familiar? Taking out the garbage shouldn't be this hard. You can start today. It's free. It's quick. And it will help you create a clear path to where you want to be.
Just start by throwing something away. Do it right now. Go grab something. Take it out to the trash. Don't worry about who could use it, or if you'll need it later - just toss it. And then, go back into the house and grab something else to toss in the trash. And repeat. And repeat. And repeat.
Everything you own is a responsibility. At some point, you will be forced to care for what is yours. And the more you have, the more you have to care for. And the more you have to care for, the less time you have to go chase that thing in life you really care about.
So what are you waiting for? Just start filling up those bags of trash and go get on with your life.
Get to it.
This is Tip #2 of 30 of the Escape Plan. The Escape Plan is a series of posts designed to help motivate and prepare those of you who are looking to break free from your daily routine and make big things happen.
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