Three years ago today I handed in my notice at work in order to follow a dream that lit me up. Giving up a well-paid corporate job to start my own Wellness business as a Life Coach and Yoga Teacher. This wasn’t a decision made lightly – I’d agonised for months over whether this was viable or not but there was one thing that spurred me on…..whether it turned out to be viable or not I knew I would regret not giving it a go. The thought of looking back later in life and wondering “what if….” was far too painful. Similarly continuing to do my job was becoming more and more difficult when I really wanted to be doing something else.
When word got around that I was leaving to go and do something completely different and to be self-employed people told me I was brave and courageous. I didn’t feel particularly brave and courageous it was more the pain of potential regret that was driving me forwards!
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is rising up in the face of fear – Mark Twain
Courage to shine your light, courage to be you, courage to speak up and speak your truth. Courage to go for what you want, to ask for what you want. Courage to say “No” or even to say “Yes”!
Courage makes us vulnerable, rising up in the face of fear. What if it goes wrong? What is the worst that could happen?
Rebecca Campbell, in Light Is The New Black, highlights that often what we fear most is the place where we are right now. We just don’t realise it. The thing that stops most people taking the leap into doing something that they love is fear that it’s not going to work and they’ll end up back doing what they are doing right now. So the worst that could happen is you are back to doing the same thing you are doing right now. You are in that place right now, doing what you are doing, so if that’s the worst that can happen what are you waiting for?
The last 3 years have gone by in a flash. It’s been 3 years of significant self-development but amazing opportunities. Alongside working I’ve been studying for a degree in psychology and philosophy – this wasn’t even on the radar when I gave up my previous job and I’m about to enter my final year! My yoga teaching has grown and developed, my coaching practice is building. I don’t know exactly where this will take me and that doesn’t matter – the journey is amazing!
What lights you up? Can you find the courage within you to take a step forward in doing what you love?
You don’t need to go hand your notice in right now! You can start by taking small steps to doing what you love. Just make a start now and don’t put it off until tomorrow.