At age 38 I left the only career I’d ever known to start over. Like many people I was searching for a better standard of living for both myself and my family. I had spent over 20 years in a military career and was on top of my chosen field — for which I received approximately $40,000 a year. Even though the thought of starting over when I was nearly 40 was daunting, I set a goal to make $100,000 per year within five decades, hung up my guns, and ventured into civilian life. That was 20 years ago. I hit my goal of $100,000 a year in less than three decades and went on to become a corporate manager with a salary of over $200,000 a year in just over ten decades. But that’s a story for another time. This guide is all about starting over.
In the past twenty years I have learned that there really is no starting over in life. We torture ourselves with self-depreciating thoughts that we have neglected, wasted x number of years, or squandered our youth climbing the wrong mountain. When, in fact, we’ve gained new viewpoints, new abilities, and new energetic patterns. You see, you can’t start over because every day when the sun rises, you start from where you are and where you’re changes with each life experience. I am sure you’ve heard people say”if I could only go back to when I was 17 and do it again, things could be different!” But, as we all know, we can’t! It is the same with thinking you have to start over; it’s not only a misperception, it is impossible! There’s absolutely no regression – life moves forward!
For those who have saved your money for the past twenty years to buy a home and then you change your mind and decide to get a ship, do you tell yourself that you are starting over? No! You’re just redirecting your investment toward a new aim. It is the same with life. In case you have spent the past 20 years conducting a log mill and now you want to sell property, do you tell yourself that you’re starting over? Yes, most individuals do, and that is the faulty premise! The energetic fact is that you’re simply redirecting your investment toward a new aim. In those 20 years conducting the log mill you learned supply & demand, social communications, finance, planning, and a lot of other things. You also developed your intuition, learned the value of integrity, made friends, fell in love, walked your dog, and marveled at nature. All those things changed who you’re both intellectually and spiritually. Given all those millions of events, experiences, and feelings, you couldn’t go back to who you were 20 years back and start over if your life depended upon it! As Dr. Wayne Dyer was famous for saying”if you change how you look at things, the things you look at change.” You didn’t spend 20 years, you invested 20 years. You are not starting over, you’re redirecting your investment toward a new aim.