My career switch was definitely not short of fear, negative self talk and self doubt filled days/nights. Leaving behind the comfort of a successful sales career was NOT easy, and if people tell you leaving a corporate career to follow a passion is, they’re either gifted with Buddha level chill vibes, or lying.
That being said, the day I walked into my first class at Tandem Cycle, and met the owner, I knew I was supposed to be a part of what she had created. Fast forward almost a year, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. As an instructor & manager, I feel so blessed to be a part of the Tandem community and pursuing my own dream – not what I thought I was “supposed” to be doing, or what would look good on paper.
If you’re feeling in a rut in your current career, take a step back and remind yourself what is really important. I’m not saying money, stability, and the like are not something to factor into your decision (more on this in a post coming soon), but remember what truly makes YOU happy (not your parents, sister, best friend, boyfriend, etc.), and make your decision with that in the front of your mind. Everyone is different, maybe money is the most important aspect of a job because your passion is traveling the world, then DO YOU, and hustle for that dough! But if not, that is okay! Today, we are bombarded by countless forms of media with what passions are “cool”, what we should be doing, who we should be…the list goes on. It takes a lot more work to stay true to you. So, make it a bit easier by writing down what is most important to you, make it 5-10 things/feelings/people so it’s not overwhelming, and hold that close. Sleep on it, edit it, and once you feel confident in your list, start to develop your action plan.
Once you have a plan, write it down, set an intention, and keep that written intention somewhere you can revisit it daily (it may feel dorky writing it out, but trust me, it helps to see it, feel it, make it known, even if it is just to yourself). I also found it helpful to share my intention with people in my inner circle that I trusted, and knew would give me honest feedback/would hold me accountable. Know that you WILL feel fear, you WILL feel self doubt and all of that is OKAY – as long as your intention is truly YOURS, you will get through the down days, and eventually end up not just being your happiest you, but living your happiest life.
Need help with your intention? Reach out to someone you trust, someone who really knows what makes you you, and use them as a resource – or, reach out to me! I would love to help you start your journey…