My Leap of Faith for 2018 – I quit my day job and focused on Wealthy Affiliate

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A leap of faith is defined as being:

“an act of believing in or attempting something whose existence or outcome cannot be proved or known.”

It can be applied to many situations: leaping out of an aeroplane with (or without!) a parachute; hurling yourself down white water rapids on a raft, or in my case, quitting my day job to focus on the things that make me truly happy, and that I feel I have been led to by my higher self.

That, for me, was to stop teaching in a secondary school and to focus on teaching a wider audience through my blogging and online businesses.

I’ll get to how that is working out for me as we progress down the blog, but for now I have a question for you?

Do you have a leap of faith you are looking to take?

And more importantly – what is stopping you from taking it?

A lot of people dream of things they would like to do and achieve in their life. It could be:

  • Making a lot of money
  • Helping protect the environment in some way
  • Helping to feed the hungry and clothe the poor
  • Creating a great work of art/music/fiction
  • Having a lifelong relationship with one special person and raising a family

Whatever we dream of, we usually do it in the privacy of our heads. We often shy away from publicly declaring our innermost thoughts for feat that they will be ridiculed or sneered at by our peers. And not just our peers, but sometimes by our family and friends too.

Most of us keep our real goals and dreams very close to our hearts because they are so precious to us, and exposure to the ‘big, bad, world outside’ could leave them hurt, crumpled and abandoned.

We nurture them in quiet moments in our mind; before we go to bed, whilst travelling on the bus, whilst daydreaming out of the window – but boy do they flourish if we let them.

They can sometimes become so outrageously flamboyant that we even allow ourselves a secret smile as we soar with the eagles of our desires and experience the bliss of believing in them, for however short a time.

For many of us, that is where our dreams stay; beautiful, unresolved glimpses of a life we would most certainly enjoy if we could only have more faith in the universe and let ourselves be guided to them by our higher selves.

In the meantime, we return to focusing on getting through our daily routine and settle for where we are now, for that is known, safe and most definitely within our comfort zone.

The trouble with that is that, as most of us know even if we don’t always live by it: Life begins at the edge of our comfort zone, and at some point, we are going to need to step out of our comfort zone in order to be able to spread our wings and fly.

Comfort zones are great – they stop you walking off the edge of a building at a great height, then can keep to alive and can protect you from ‘the real world’. But they can also become a prison, trapping the person inside indefinitely; and that is not such a good thing.

Wealthy Affiliate and Me

To me, my comfort zone was my teaching. I have been a teacher for over 30 years and have taught in a variety of situations including in my own school, for other companies and workshop groups, and finally as a teacher in secondary school – the ultimate ‘proper job!’

I like my job and I enjoy teaching the students but it is not what really ‘floats my boat’ as they say. Or it has been, but what I’ve found recently is, that the goalposts have shifted . What used to excite me, no longer does and my dreams are now filled with different images; or working from home, or speaking and helping millions and of more freedom to spend with my loved ones.

I believe that these impulses are now leading me to change direction. After all, 30 years in the same thing is quite a long time and I know the world is changing and our expectations have changed with it, as they should. We are no longer happy getting a job on the bottom rung of the ladder and working our way up to the top after 40 years’ work and waiting in ‘dead man’s shoes’.

So for me, finding Wealthy Affiliate at the tail end of September 2017 was the culmination of a long search to find my true calling, at least for this stage of my life. I knew it was time for a change but I was struggling a little to know where to look and what to do. I have always been interested in many things and I have always enjoyed exploring them and learning new things. But when those things start to lose their appeal, I know that it is necessary to take action and change them.

That is where I started to trust my higher self, to ask the right questions, and most importantly, listen for the responses.

So I meditated, listened to my gut instincts and found time to quiet my mind and allow inspiration to flow to me, and through me.

Interestingly I wasn’t looking out for a ‘road to Damascus’ experience, a burning bush or a sign emblazoned on a billboard. I just listened inwardly and the answers came: in my dreams, in my emotional guidance system and with my new-found inspirations: the way forward lit up like the lights on an airport runway.

So what it my new dream?

In my teens I knew that I wanted to help people – that has always been on my agenda, but over recent years, my desires have leaned more and more into becoming a writer and a spiritual person who would help others in their search for their own truth.

I did spend sometime over the last 20 years a professional writer creating medical and commercial content for websites and training programs which I enjoyed, and I have written plays and pantomimes for my performing arts school as well. Strangely enough though, I never really considered myself a ‘writer‘ even then. I think that was because I was usually writing to someone else’s brief which needed me to write in a particular style or about a particular topic and I never really got to write about what interested me most, or in my own way.

Until now…

I don’t even remember now how I found Wealthy Affiliate or why I took the plunge and joined. But I do believe I was led to it by my higher self, in the knowledge that it would be the next step on my journey of self-creation and self-evolution. A search phrase, a few clicks on a computer and wow, I landed on the WA homepage and have never looked back.

I believe I have now found my true vocation at least for the next few years, (never say never after all)…..and I absolutely love it.

Instead of having to force myself out of bed in the mornings now, I can’t wait to sit in front of my computer and start typing. I love the time I now have to write well into the wee small hours or to communicate with individuals across the globe.

It makes me feel alive in a way I haven’t for quite a while. I have created this niche site, which I’m passionate about and what I find now is that there are just not enough hours in the day to see all my ideas through. But no matter – there is always tomorrow and tomorrow looks really exciting.

A sense of calm and relief

When I handed in my notice at the secondary school, a great sense of relief and calm came over me. I knew it was the right thing to do, my inner guidance system told me and I trusted it. I took my leap of faith into the future knowing that all would be well, the universe would have my back and things will all work out in their own time and their own way.

I do not need to worry.

I do not need to panic.

I do not need to know every little minute detail along the way. I cannot control most of these things anyway.

And so I don’t.

You see that in order to stay authentic to myself, I had to take action to change things, and I did.

I have already discovered that there are new and amazing opportunities all around me that I could not see before. New people, new situations, new teaching opportunities, new doors opening and new ways to reach millions, not just hundreds of people.

I know too, that this new approach will make me happy – it already does because I can feel myself creating my new life in the way I know I can, using all my knowledge, skills, trust and belief.

Will there be hiccups on the way?

Of course, there will be. There will be doubters and naysayers; some of my closest family will look at my decision with derision, based on their own values and belief systems. But I know that they cannot affect my reality unless I let them, and at the moment, I am choosing not too.

So what are you choosing to do, or not do with your life?

If you have a dream then I urge you to go out and live it.

If you don’t know how, then have some faith in yourself and your higher self, and follow these few simple steps to get yourself back on track.

  1. Allow yourself time to day-dream, however wild or unrealistic those dreams are, remember they are yours.
  2. Listen to your emotional guidance system – what is it telling you about the things you want to be doing and the things you don’t?
  3. Take the time to quiet your mind, meditate or just relax and listen to your inner thoughts.
  4. Allow your inspirations to come through. Don’t force them, just watch them and observe how they make you feel – and go with the ones that make you feel good.
  5. Take actions to bring those dreams into reality but don’t force it. The path to your true happiness lies in trusting in the universe – trust that it:
    1. knows what is best for you and what you want
    2. has the ability to deliver those things to you though ways that you could not even imagine – through cooperative co-creation with others.
  6. Get out of your own way and allow things to unfold naturally.

Once you do these things, sit back and watch your life (your dreams and goals) manifest in front of you, with far less effort than you have imagined.

To me, life is for living, not just for existing and I for one, intend to live by that mantra and reach out and grab it!

Watch this space……and over to you!

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Hi. I'm Gail and I'm a teacher, coach, writer and blogger who has been involved with self-development and the performing arts for over 30 years. I'm passionate about helping people to develop their full potential and I've studied education, the law of attraction, personal development and NLP which I write about on this site.

I love working with people of all ages and backgrounds and truly believe that we are all unique, unlimited creative beings who can do wonderful things with a positive attitude and spiritual outlook on life.

Here's to your continued success.

Gail

14 Comments

  1. Good for you Gail! Grabbing life by the horns and doing what you want to do. I hope to one day soon quit my job and do what I want to do.
    What was the first day like? Did it feel weird not going in to work?

    • Thank your Erin. I love not going into work. I was able to go out for a walk with my daughters and do some writing later – how amazing is that? Surely that is what creating your own life is all about – freedom? Can’t wait to do more. All the best to you today and thank you for your comments. Gail

  2. Fabulously articulated! I feel like you were able to impress upon my heart every word that you typed. Everything flowed like as a river doing its thing. When you wrote about your writing abilities and the plays, I had an ‘AHA! I knew it!’ moment. I think it is awesome that you have found your place in WA and hope that your journey is filled with joy and fulfillment.

    • Thank you Santo for your very kind words. I really appreciate your faith in my abilities and how lovely to have touched your heart in some way. I’m so excited about this new phase in my life that I find myself working till all hours because it doesn’t feel like work. How great is that? Thanks for your kind wishes too and I wish you the same with your own journey. Have fun. Gail

  3. Hi there

    I really enjoyed this. I think a leap of faith in different areas of our lives makes such a huge difference. I remember when I first started doing online affiliate marketing that it required this concept. It was not easy at first, but I did it anyways and stuck with it. Talk about the right decision. Excellent post. Keep em coming

    • Thanks AJ for your comment and I’m glad that you have found your leap of faith too. I love affiliate marketing and get excited about it which makes it really easy to go to ‘work’ now. Hope you find much success in your journey too. Gail

  4. I really enjoyed reading this! I have had many times in life when I felt that way. When I had a feeling that I was just supposed to follow a different path even if no one else could see it. I think this is such a great story of taking a leap and finding you can fly!

    Good for you! Congratulations on your decision and your next steps forward. It is so exciting and must feel so liberating! It is wonderful when we can find something that makes us feel this way and is the antidote to the stress and worry of modern life!

    Thanks!
    Jessica

    • Hi Jessica. Thanks for your kind words and words of encouragement. I think that is is only fair if I am writing about following your dream and believing in yourself, that I do the same thing too. Otherwise it would be inauthentic and I really need to find and be myself. It’s what I’m driven to do. I hope you find your own peace and leap of faith soon too. It is definitely liberating. Thanks again. Gail

  5. Hi Gail,

    I absolutely love the way you convey the message to your readers. Also, your leap of faith is a great one and I am positive it will be a good one for you.

    My greatest leap of faith recently was having my own brand new giant modern house built. Cannot wait to move into it! Had dreamt about that house for many years and it is in its final stages of construction. So happy about it.

    And kudos to a great teacher! I am a secondary teacher as well! Also, my guardposts seem to be changing slowly after 15 years. I am still passionate about teaching, but I think it will take a slow and eventual move into something different. Let’s see what the future holds for me.

    You mention daydreaming as a great thing! I love to do it. Some of my weirdest daydreams have come true because I had made giant leaps of faith. My dream house is one of those daydreams. Some have and will never become reality, but who cares. Daydreams keep us alive, motivated, and lower our stress.

    Success to you,
    Oscar

    • Hi Oscar. Thank you for reading my post and leaving a comment. And thank you to for your kind wishes. As a fellow teacher, I know you will understand the vagaries of the profession! Sounds like an amazing leap of faith to build a house. What a wonderful thing to do – to envision and build your own place. I’m jealous! πŸ™‚ Keep day-dreaming. It is what keeps up evolving. Gail

  6. Hi Gail
    Congratulations! What a wonderful story. I have always wanted to write. I spent so much time and energy building a website… I started blogging but I floundered…no hits.. unable to market myself… what could I offer? Advice… holistic guidance… ? I felt it had been done before by so many… But you’ve inspired me. Can you tell me if you think Wealthy Affiliate can help people like me? I can write… and fairly well… but then what? I don’t have a product just a lot of sage advice for people who are feeling stagnant.
    Any guidance would be appreciated. You’ve managed to pursue your dream. I’m so truly happy to witness your success.
    Kind Regards
    Annette

    • Hi Annette. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I’m so pleased that you found the post inspiring. I absolutely would recommend Wealthy Affiliate to help with all aspects of online businesses from creating a website to getting traffic.
      I think if you have ideas for advice, then that will be similar to me and this site. There are ways to monetise a site like this and you always have to remember that when you are writing a post, you are hoping to give something to your audience. It might be a piece of advice, it might be a recommendation for a product, but they will come to you with a need – they have gone onto the internet to find something, so you must hope that in every post, you can help. With information and advice sites like this, then it is important to build up an email list (something I’m working on now) so that you can reach out to your followers once you do have something to promote. You could also add affiliate links for various products or books you recommend.
      Have a look at a post of my other site which may help you too. You can read it here: https://how-to-start-in-affiliate-marketing.com/how-to-make-money-from-a-website-5-easy-ways
      All the best in your online journey. It is the future.

  7. A great inspiration Gail, I am trying to settle in my to my new goals and future also. I have been a little slow getting started. But I did not have a clear vision until recently.

    • Hi Scott. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m glad you found the article inspiring. I think that having a clear vision of where you want to go with your life is really important. Not that you can’t change your life without it, but it’s just easy to get there if you know where you are going! πŸ™‚ Sometimes you just have to go with your gut though and have faith that it will all work out. The law of attraction states that like attracts like, so I figured that if I was disciplined in my thoughts about the things I want in my life, have faith and trust, then they will have to come into being – it’s law. All the best with your own journey. I really wish you well with any new direction and goals you have. Gail

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