One of my wonderful clients has quit her job. She is delighted at the prospect of devoting herself full-time to her business and her life’s work. She was arriving at the last big staff meeting, at her now past-employer’s, with the intention of breaking the news of her departure to most of her colleagues. How will they react? Will they be supportive of her pursuing her dream?
She was pleasantly surprised to find that the staff meeting was actually a farewell party for her. Everyone was supportive and encouraging. She was touched. Yes, she is taking a risk. Yes, working for yourself is a scary unknown. Goodbyes have never been easy for her. She now saw that this was less of a goodbye and more of a hello to a new beginning.
Most people make changes in their lives when the pain of their current situation becomes greater then the fear of making a change. People go as far as to sabotage their circumstances in order to create more a compelling excuse to finally make a move. What my client did was extraordinary. She followed her heart and intuition to make a significant change. She did that, rather then wait and then need to escape the increasingly intolerable situation. She went towards the life awaiting her rather then running away from a life that wasn’t working. As a result, she now has all the tools, a great network and plenty of energy for her new venture.
Her colleagues saw that she is leaving from a place of integrity. Her co-workers sensed that she is leaving towards the bright light of possibility. They now have that bit of that hope of something bigger in them, too. When we take courageous bold steps towards the life that is calling us, we empower ourselves to create success on our terms and we empower others to follow in our footsteps.
Our calling can be a subtle whisper. Our calling is sometimes a tap on the shoulder that appears out of nowhere. Our calling is a nagging dissatisfaction with our present situation. Why is it a calling? Perhaps it is a calling because we are supposed to answer.
- What do you often dream about, but haven’t even shared it with others?
- What’s too scary to even contemplate?
- What’s your calling?