So you wanna be a digital nomad.

If you’re clever — which you are, ’cause you’re here — you’re busy reading all the articles and books you can find on the subject.

Scouring online forums, asking questions on Facebook groups, and maybe even taking a course or two.

All good stuff.

Information is power and will help you succeed.

Be birdlike

Hopefully you’re also putting a little nest egg of funds together to see you through until you start earning a living wage.

While we’re talking bird metaphors, I want to get to the main point of this article.

I want to talk about the secret to getting started as a digital nomad.

It’s not about having all the right information, though this is absolutely necessary to make your choices.

There’s a different ingredient you need to actually pull the trigger and set off on your digital adventure.

Don’t let fear take over

I bring this up because I see a lot of aspiring nomads asking fear-based questions.

And all this fear is stopping them from taking action on their dreams.

They’re concerned about solving any and all potential problems before they even set out.

I understand it’s easy to get caught in this loop, as there many, many elements involved in setting off to a foreign country and supporting yourself with a new livelihood.

I’ve had a few sleepless nights myself, wondering about possible stressful situations at borders, stay safe and keep my possessions secure while exploring a new country.

The thing is, you can never be prepared for every eventuality.

It’s all about self-trust

So back to that secret I mentioned, and the bird metaphor.

Here it is:

“The bird trusts in its ability to fly, not in the branch it stands on.”

Of course, you’re the bird in this metaphor and your ability to fly is the belief that you will be able to handle whatever challenge comes your way.

You fundamentally need this trust in your ability in order to commit and get started.

How to have trust in yourself

Take a moment and reflect on the following questions.

If you answer yes to most of them, then you should indeed trust in yourself.

  • Do you know how to seek advice when you need it?
  • Do you know how to access resources to answer your questions?
  • When you don’t know something, do you go out and find the answer?
  • Do you have faith in yourself to do what you will say you will do?
  • Do you have a connection with your gut instinct?  Do you listen to it?
  • Are you able to recognize when someone isn’t worthy of your trust?
  • Can you spark up a conversation with a stranger?
  • Do you have faith that you can work hard and discipline yourself?
  • Are you good at managing your money and living within your means?
  • Do you have a nest egg so you can pay your expenses while growing your new business?

Do it anyways

If you don’t resonate with these questions, then you now know where you need to do some personal work.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go ahead and take the leap anyways.

Because the beauty thing is, you will strengthen trust in yourself every time you push yourself out of your comfort zone.

And trust me, that’s exhilarating.

Besides, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is a good thing.

This is where real personal growth happens.  It’s really the only place.

Closing thoughts

So let’s do a quick summary:

Trust in yourself that you’ll figure things out as you go.

Some challenges will be easier than you thought and some might be a little harder.

But you have to release into the process.

And soon you’ll actually be actively looking for ways to push yourself to reach even higher levels of growth and development.

The juice is worth the squeeze, my friend, but you’ve got to jump off that branch and trust in your ability in order to make the flight.

Are you curious if you have the most important thing to succeed online?

Check this article out: “The Number One Thing You Need to be a Successful Online Entrepreneur”

Fly, bird, fly.

Until next time,


Nigel Cook
Accountability Coach
Holding Your Feet to the Fire

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