I’ve said it before and I am saying it again, every plan for success includes an escape clause.

So as you are working towards your goals, make sure that you have factored in the right time to walk away.

You read right.  In the words of the incomparable Kenny Rogers “You’ve gotta know when to fold’em; know when to walk away and know when to run.”

When I first started mapping out my Quit Plan, it was because I’d decided that I absolutely had to make a go of running the successful business I dreamed of.

So I walked through the process of setting dates.  I set the date that I would give my notice on my job and the last day I would actually work for the company.  Then something strange happened.

I got a promotion AND a raise. (???)

My rational mind was jumping for joy.  YAY, more money and less responsibility!  This is just what I needed to take care of my responsibilities, and still work on building my business on the side, right?!

NOOOO!!!!  NEGATIVE!  NOT IN THE PLAN!

Continuing to work for someone else past the dates I’d set was not in the plan.  So I needed to put my plan in perspective and factor in the new developments.

And I decided that:

The promotion and raise was just what I needed to move forward with my plan to escape. 

That’s right; the game was super on now!

I could now pay up, pay off, and put away.  All of which were necessary financial considerations in my plan.

An unexpected puzzle piece had just fallen in place leaving no room for excuses.

The reason I did not settle in to more money and less responsibility is because, the goal I set was to leave my job and operate my own business.  So it was very important that I stayed focused on that goal no matter what (good or bad).

 

 

First of all, it took wisdom to be able to do this.

Yes, wisdom.

Or simply defined: The good judgement needed to see this as a potential distraction that could get me off course unless it was compartmentalized as part of the bigger plan to leave my job to pursue my business.

And second, it took commitment to my plan.

I had spent far too much time feeling stuck in jobs I hated, when my goal was to start a business, that could help, lead and grow just as I did.  I was over the one size fits all 9 to 5’s, so even when I was thrown a curve ball with a cherry on top, I had to be committed.

That was my wisdom breakthrough.

What’s yours?

Are you so committed to your plan that you will move ahead, even when you are offered better to stay right where you are?

The RIGHT answer depends on the person.

And no matter what you have decided to walk away from, you have to be prepared to wisely approach obstacles and distractions that WILL come to get you off track.  But remember you have a plan.  And you made that plan for a reason. So you owe it to yourself and your long term goals to stay focused and stay the course.

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About this posts author: 

Tesa Colvin is an Author, Escape Plan Clarity Coach and Business Development Strategist. She coaches passionate solo-prenuers, who desire FREEDOM and SUCCESS in their business and lives. 

Through tailored coaching and strategy sessions, she helps entrepreneurs not just set goals, but develop effective plans that help them to be and stay focused and empowered as they build and monetize their business. Tesa’s mission is to FREE entrepreneurs from the self-sabotage of trying to do it like everyone else, by encouraging and empowering these DREAMERS to focus on their own vision and version of success.

And when she’s not helping people find success their way, you can find her tucked away in a quiet space creating words, worlds and characters, or having a Michael Jackson sing off with both her teen daughters while her husband and 2 fur babies watch in horror. 

You can Friend her on Facebook, tweet with her @BorrowMyMBA, or send her an email via info@borrowmymba.com.

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