Last week, as I was closing the doors of my online marketing academy website, and updating this website to better reflect where I currently am in my business, it felt very familiar. You see, this is not the first time I’ve made a shift in my career.
When you’ve been working for 30+ years, it’s inevitable.
For me, it’s been unavoidable. I’ve never been one to stand still. I enjoy a challenge. It’s important to me to do work that’s inspiring, motivating, and that I believe makes a difference. So at some point, at every stage of my career and business, the time has come where the only way to keep doing that is to make a change.
There are people who do the same job their whole career.
Or run the same exact business for years and years and years. That’s great for them. But I’ve realized it’s just not who I am. So when I feel called to do something else, I shift. Usually walking away rather than being forced out by a market that no longer wants what I’m selling. So to some people it may seem crazy. Why leave a perfectly good, revenue-generating business for the unknown? Why start something new when what you have is working?
It’s just the way I’m wired.
It’s a bit ironic because the truth is I’m relatively risk averse. The key for me is I think about these changes for quite some time before actually making them. And, as I’ve shared before, sometimes I hang on too long. Until I get to the point where I have to shift.
I always land on my feet.
With every career transition, and every business change I’ve made, I’ve always ended up in a better place. Happier. Inspired. Motivated. And financially, just fine. In fact, with every single shift, I’ve ended up better off financially.
It really is about trust.
We all have that inner voice urging us on. Problem is, sometimes the outer voices drown it out. We do things because we don’t want to disappoint other people. Or, because we think we should. Or, because society tells us it’s what we’re supposed to do. Or, because it’s what our parents taught us.
Following Your Calling.
Ultimately, I believe we can be of better service if we do what calls us. Because even if you’re really good at something, if you’re just going through the motions you’re not going to have the same impact as if you’re truly inspired. At some point, people are going to notice your heart’s not in it. Or, if others don’t notice, you will feel it. And that nagging feeling that it’s time to move on and do something else will start tugging at you.
Closing Doors Opens Windows.
I also know from experience that every single time I’ve let go of something, and truly closed the door and moved on, new opportunities have shown up almost immediately. Clarity replaces confusion. My new path appears where it’s been previously obscured. Every. Single. Time.
This makes it a little easier each time.
I still have doubts. I’m still scared. I still hang on too long. It’s human nature I suppose. At least for those of us who don’t fully embrace great big risks. But I’m starting to learn from experiencing this over and over again that it’s exactly what I must do to keep on growing, and to fully live out my purpose.
The older I get the more important this becomes.
There is so much I want to do. I have a great big vision that’s getting clearer and clearer each day, and it’s going to take time, energy, dedication, and courage to see it through. As I see it, every day is a new chance to fly higher. It’s not necessarily about higher levels of material success. Rather, it’s about fulfilling an inner calling. Honoring an internal knowing that’s pulling me forward. Making the most of my time on this earth. And hopefully leaving something behind that makes a difference in other people’s lives.
So when my heart calls and tells me it’s time to take the next step, I’m learning to follow. And to trust that even if it’s scary, or unfamiliar, or I don’t quite see how it’s going to get me where I think I’m going, I know it’s just the next step. And some day I will look back and it will all make sense.
In the meantime, I’ve gotten to enjoy one hell of a ride.