Do you plan to start your business or “quit your job” to start your business in the next six months?

That’s a really bad idea.


Because it’s not going to happen.

Look – I don’t mean to be negative. My purpose is to assist you to breakthrough all limitations and live the highest expression of your life.

And – to do that… we’ve got to be real.

Planning to “start” or “leave” something in six months is the same as procrastinating to start for six months.

So, what you’ve got to do is plan to leave your soul-sucking job NOW.

Or, plan to start your business NOW. Only make plans for the present, never the future.

Sure you can have a vision for the future and goals that you want to achieve.

All that matter is what you’re doing about it now.

This doesn’t mean that you quit today. It doesn’t mean that you throw caution to the wind. It doesn’t mean that you pull a Jerry McGuire in the middle of the office and go all manifesto on your team.

But, it does mean that you must bring your awareness to the present moment. Then, begin taking present moment action – now.

The most important things to consider are:

1. How much do you need to live each month? (Fo’ real)

2. What costs can you cut now?

3. What is the fastest way to create income?

4. What is the least amount of work you can do that would create the biggest return?

5. How can you chuck down your goal into weekly sprints to get more done in less time?

6. Who do you need to stop trying to impress or get approval from?

7. What problems in the world are you passionate about solving?

8. What purpose beyond yourself inspires you?

Getting to live your dreams is not something that you are entitled to. You must earn it.

And, planning is not enough. You must take consistent, courageous & imperfect action daily. The moves don’t have to be big. But they must be consistent. I’d rather see one small baby step a day then trying to do it all in a weekend.

Find the time. Say no more. Cut back meetings. Stop over giving at work and staying late. Don’t hang out with people who you share common productivity draining habits with.

Protect your time. Be willing to “appear” broke or foolish for a short time.

And know this:

1. You can get by with far less than you think you can.

2. Start cutting costs and hidden monthly fees now.

3. Focus on income from one-on-one packages to start.

4. Don’t try to get the whole thing setup perfectly, just take the next small step and be okay with doing it afraid and looking messy.

5. Take your big vision, turn it into goals and then widdle it down to next action steps. Focus on the action steps.

6. Stop living your life by committee. Stop trying to look good. Focus on a bigger vision that impressing people. Or needing their approval. (Especially if they are not living their dream life)7. Get busy being useful and solving problems.

7. Get busy being useful and solving problems.8. Attach yourself to an idea that is greater than you and dedicate your life to.

8. Attach yourself to an idea that is greater than you and dedicate your life to its service.

Do it messy.

Do it afraid.

Do it now.

Tweet: “Do it messy. Do it afraid. Do it now.” – @MastinKipp

Remember to get out there, take action & make it real.

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11 thoughts on “Not Good: Is Your Six Month Plan Killing Your Important Dreams?

  1. I love that your post is both inspiring and practical. I see too many posts that are inspiring, but when you get into reading the full post there’s no real substance, just a bunch of “you can do it, have your dream life now,” but nothing to actually move you from where you’re at to the next step. I’ve already taken a look at how much I can live on fo’ real😁 and started cutting out extra expenses. I fall into the trap of trying to get it all done on the weekend, so I’m going to start implementing the daily baby steps that you recommend. Thank You.

  2. Thanks, Mastin! It’s really funny that when I changed my perspective to I want quit my job and start my business now, the ideas for how to do that start flowing. Whereas before, I planned to quit my job “this year,” but I had zero ideas on how to do it.

  3. Hello, Mastin…my forever challenge has and still is clarifying what my purpose/inspired vision for my life work and service is that I
    offer to the world. I believe your work would be tremendous and would be right on to address the how…once I have the what. Can you recommend someone to work with me…I have been struggling with this for over 30 years! I want the fufillment that comes from making a difference before I leave this life. Thank you. Susan

  4. Thanks for the reality check although I had not planned to quit my job but just to add income to it by starting small. I have to make baby steps day by day this is true.

  5. Thanks, Mastin. I needed to hear the baby steps message again today. I try to dedicate a day
    to this work, and then get derailed or procrastinate away the hours. I like the idea of one hour or so a day, just to
    keep working on it. Thanks for showing up in my world, right when I was ready…..Blessings, Diane

  6. After listening to your podcast with Cal Newport I reread this blog post and I know I have to do something now! Today! I thought I had started months ago, but I was still procrastinating. The fire is lit and I must carry the torch. Pray for me as I continue to pray for you. Thank you thank you thank you.

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