Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Do you suffer from this disease

Click here Thanx MD for an insightful article..
One of the most common traits of people who want to move off the grid, is lack of action.

At least once a week, I receive e-mail from a reader complimenting me on my move off grid and my setting up a travel trailer homestead. Most go on to say that they dream of doing it themselves someday, but can never find the right time or way to go about it, after all what if they fail - then what?

They suffer from procrastination and indecision, a debilitating disease. Thankfully the cure is simplistic and without pain.

The Symptoms

You know how you would like to live, every time you close your eyes you imagine it - you can almost taste the freedom. You think it has a chance of becoming a reality for you. You’re excited, but you’re not quite sure how to go about it or fear holds you in place.

So, you start reading magazinesmoving off grid - backwoods home magazine and blogs. You start learning. You may have even bought a copy of Travel-Trailer Homesteading Under $5,000Travel Trailer Homesteading with the hope of obtaining the skills needed to turn your dream into reality.

Yet you do nothing. You don't want to screw up. What if you fail? Fear holds you in place, you're afraid that if you move forward you could flunk the test, it is easier and safer to do nothing so that is what you do.

So, you keep absorbing information while gathering tools and emergency preparedness supplies . You tell yourself that you’ll make the move “when the time is right”. You fall into an endless cycle of self-doubt. You keep waiting for the perfect time and circumstances, when success can be assured, but the guarantee never comes - you wait.

The result? Exactly nothing. You remain trapped in a life you no longer enjoy, your only hope of salvation is the mental imagery of the life you really want and hope to achieve someday. You continue to dream, never taking that leap of faith in yourself or your ability.

I've been there before, the planning and dreaming without action - I don't think I would have ever made the move off grid if it had not been for a failed marriage and subsequent divorce. Sometimes blessings are hidden in what would appear on the surface to be tragedy wink...

The Care

Fortunately, you don't need a doctor or magic pill - the cure is simple really, you need to stop overthinking. It's just a decision - you either decide to continue doing nothing or you take a leap of faith. You make a decision and follow through. It's that simple.

What's the worst thing that could happen? You make the move and it doesn’t go the way you had imagined, then you look over it and find an answer or you approach the problem from a different angle or perspective. Either way you learn and adapt.

Suppose, you decide this living off the grid thing isn't for you, you miss the life you had - secretly crying herself to sleep everynight with memories of plasma screen TVs and Monday night football ripping through your brain. You can pack it up and head back to town, I won't laugh - I promise lol.

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