My husband and I both retired early a couple years ago.
We never expected that to be possible for us, but we did it.
Thanks to some hard work and discipline on our part, some really good money management on my husband’s part and some really amazing blessings on God’s part, we had the financial margin that afforded us this opportunity to live the life we truly wanted.
The first thing I did was start working on my life coaching practice. This is the most amazing work I’ve ever done. If you would have told me twenty years ago that at age 50 I would retire early and start a life coaching practice I would have probably said something like, “What planet are you living on and what is a life coaching practice?”
What made this possible for us? To be honest, my theory is that God had a plan and God’s plans never fail, in spite of the humans he has to work with. But to our credit, we also had to step in and follow. We had to take that next step out of faith and move forward without knowing what the future would hold.
When you look at history, you see so many others that had to step out in faith and build something they had no business believing in. Even with limitations as big as the ocean, they believed that something more was possible for them.
What about Beethoven? An amazingly gifted composer who had a hearing limitation. What made him believe that he could compose what would become some of the greatest pieces of music ever written when he could barely hear?
Look at the Women’s Suffrage Movement. What gave the leaders of that movement the idea when they started in that they would ever succeed at winning the right for women to vote? You would think after trying for a few years that they would have given up. But the battle that eventually concluded in the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 lasted more than seventy years! How do you sustain your belief over that length of time?
What about Helen Keller? She was the first deaf-blind woman to earn her bachelor’s degree. Who gave her permission to make that dream a reality?
There’s an infinite number of limitations that can keep us stuck.
What many people don’t stop to think about is that there’s also an infinite number of possibilities that we can believe in to move forward.
It’s ironic to me that some of the people with the greatest limitations also see the most possibilities in life. They have this sense of hope and promise that they would seem to have no business believing in. Yet, through their abundant mindset, they create for themselves an amazing life.
People aren’t born with evidence of possibility. Our lower brain is designed to identify problems and limitations – it helps keep us alive. But we also have a higher brain that was designed to identify possibilities and help us thrive and prosper. The key is to let our lower brain keep us alive, but engage our higher brain whenever our lower brain limits us.
When I set my sights on putting myself through college to earn my bachelors and masters degrees in accounting, pass the CPA exam on the first try and retire early, I had no evidence to prove that I could do that. I didn’t ask for permission. I didn’t wait for someone to give it to me or tell me I deserved it. I just believed I could do anything I set my mind to.
What will you believe is possible for you?
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