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I’ve been sharing my story in person (and not just online) more and more ~ you know the one where I up and quit my corporate IT job and walk away from a big fat paycheck to pursue my passion of spreading the word about nurturing your mind, body, spirit, and soul (I really need to come up with that elevator speech!!!) ~ and I get all sorts of reactions (as I’m sure you can imagine).
I get it…not everyone just ups and walks away from a job ~ especially in this economy.
Shock, Awe, Amazement, Wonder, Jealousy, Insanity, Bravery, and Courage
And yet I’m still unaccustomed to the looks of shock and awe, gasps of amazement and wonder, words of jealousy, and declarations of insanity, bravery, and courage.
I get it….but I don’t.
I’m not brave and courageous but I do have a deep level of self-believe, esteem, worth, etc that I’ve mindfully cultivated through the years.
I am rather insane (fine…quirky…not insane) but I also find it insane to stay in a job you hate regardless of how much money you make.
I get the jealousy but get over it and do something to make your own world a better and brighter place.
No – it wasn’t easy doing what I did. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
I’m scared shitless.
Yes – sometimes I do spend the entire day in my pajamas, staring at the computer and wondering what the hell I’ve gotten myself into.
Yes – I do miss the steady income.
Yes – this is everything I’ve wanted and more even though I haven’t fully defined “it” yet.
Yes – I have lots of financial commitments just like you do. No – Scott and I haven’t figured out just yet how to make it all work but we will…we’re smart.
These are just some of the thoughts that run through my head (and sometimes out of my mouth…I’m a verbal vomiter) each time I get asked lots and lots of questions.
I’m glad that people are interested and curious ~ I really am! Just as I’ve been inspired I know that I’ve inspired others to make both big and small positive changes in their lives.
But I’m a little bit sad as well. I’m sad that it took me so long to even feel ready to make the leap. I’m sad that others think they can’t. I know the internal struggles I’ve been through and how good it felt to finally come out on the other side brimming with confidence and belief. I’m sad that others have those same internal struggles…they don’t feel good and are so unproductive (and detrimental to health and wellbeing) if left unaddressed.
Perhaps sad isn’t the right word but I want everyone to feel a positive sense of self ~ the knowledge that the only one stopping you is truly yourself…no one else.
And even though I made that big courageous decision to leave my job? Yeah…I still stop myself lots (way more than I’d like). It’s human nature to get in our own way, sabotage our success, etc. But just as I tell others ~ be stronger than that which is trying to take you down ~ I need to hear myself…sometimes over and over until it sinks back in and I feel strong enough to keep moving forward and not go back to that which is comfortable and familiar.
Not Every Change Needs to be Life-Altering!
Not feeling ready for great big life-altering changes? It’s ok! Don’t undervalue the benefits of small changes; the important thing is to recognize where you want to make change(s) and then get started by putting one foot in front of the other.
As Mary Anne Radmacher said, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
What are you allowing to get in the way of making changes in your life? What one obstacle can you remove so you can make a step in the right direction?