A couple of weeks ago I had a burning the ships kind of week.
Last April I quit my job for a variety of reasons; there was absolutely no joy in my work anymore, I needed to care for a dying parent, to spend time with my daughter before she went off to college, to take a well deserved family vacation. I wanted to take a year off to write, build a blog and start a new career in real estate.
The idea of being in real estate has always been in the back of my mind. I had gotten my license once before but didn’t have the time or money to build a viable business at that time. I know what a blessing our homes have been to me and my family over the years. To bring other people to their “home”…I love the thought of being a part of this process. It would allow me to utilize my core strengths of service and building relationships.
But in reality I have been in a completely different kind of industry for a very long time. On paper that other industry is who I am, what I do. It has supported my family and I for years. Transitioning to real estate is a big, risky move. And news flash…real estate is hard, chock full of out of my comfort zone tasks. What if I hate it after a couple years and try to go back? I will have surely lost the momentum I had previously.
Last August I got my real estate license again, knowing I could go back to my field if I had to. Over the past eight months people have continued to call me about various jobs I might be interested in. In fact on the day I originally wrote this post, I received such a call to interview. Each time, I find myself tempted, thinking it may be the right thing to do for the family. But when it comes down to it, I find that I can’t bring myself to say yes. I just can’t do it.
The last dangling detail I had connecting me to my past life in the logistics and warehousing field was my Linkedin profile. I had been hesitating to put Realtor® on my profile. How was I ever going to be successful in real estate if I held on to the idea of going back to my old life as a Plan B?
Burning the Ships
So a couple weeks ago I did it. I committed. I burned the ships on the shore and I just went for it. All in. Profile has been officially updated. I will admit, after changing it I immediately closed my computer so I didn’t have to chat about it with ex colleagues from around the world. I’m not sure why it seemed such a hard thing to do.
I recently read an article about the 5 Awkward Feelings You Have When You’re on the Right Path. I have truly felt each and every one of these over the course of the past year; nervousness/anxiety, feeling lost, insomnia, isolation and realizing you don’t know who you are.
In reality, there is a sense of relief in taking this action. I had been hanging on to the idea that I would have this year to dabble in writing and real estate and then if/when it didn’t pan out, I would just go get a logistics job somewhere and continue my life. It is an idea, a dread that has hung over my head for eight months now.
And now I have released it.
I have confidence in myself, in following a path that feeds my soul and stimulates my brain. I am ready for this. I realize is not necessarily an all or nothing move…burning the ships might be a dramatic depiction. But I am confident now in my ability to build a new ship.
How about you? Are you using your back up plan as a crutch? Burning the ships might be just what what you need to make your turnaround truly happen in 2016!
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