“You know what you have to do.”
And I did know. I think I’d known for a very long time. And my executive coach knew it, too. That didn’t make it easy to verbalize.
I needed to finally take that leap and become my own boss and start my own business. I felt like the universe had been nudging – nay, shoving – me in that direction for the past year. Here I was, sitting in a session with my coach, tears brimming in my eyes, and finally verbalizing what I needed to do. That was almost a year ago. On that day in August, he gave me a quote that is still on my phone and still pushes me today. The quote is from The Story of Everest by W.H. Murray.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans, that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
Sorts of things occur that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision, in ones favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamt would come his way.
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets – ‘Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius power and magic in it.’
These words ring true for me. I feel like the universe is opening up for me, opportunities abound, and things are going my way. In fact, it actually scares me that my plan, the one I worked on for months, is proceeding as I hoped it would. This is not to say I didn’t wish things were going a little faster – patience is not a strength for me – but I’m making a conscious decision not to rush things. And I know that there will be rough times, times that will challenge me, times when my plan isn’t working out the way I hoped it would. But I’m going to celebrate when things go right and persevere when they don’t.
Let’s go back to the beginning because, after that meeting with my coach, it took months before I finalized my exit strategy. I had to let this idea of leaving my job – where I had been for 12 years – sink in. I had to marinate in it. I had to plan. It wasn’t until January, when a friend asked me if I’d be interested in a part time job in the coming fall, that I finally deep, down in my soul, decided this would be the year. When that epiphany happened, the energy I felt was amazing. I should have felt exhausted from the conference I had been helping coordinate that weekend. But I didn’t. I had more energy than I had had in weeks. And I knew it was the right decision.
So, come along with me on a journey. We’ll talk planning, resources, support systems, and so many lessons. And hopefully you, too, will feel like you can take that leap of faith.
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