The closer we get to our inspired cross-country move, the more opportunities arise to be convinced we’re making a huge mistake. Yet despite it all, I’m happy to say I’m not falling victim to any of them.
There was a time I would have allowed this to create doubt.
But not now. Despite any reaction I receive from friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and even strangers, to our news of moving from San Diego to North Carolina, I remain unshakeable in my faith that we are going where we’re supposed to be going.
Is it where we’ll be forever?
Who knows?! But I’m clear it’s where we’re supposed to be now.
I remain at peace with this decision. I’m excited about the adventure that lies before us. And everyday, despite what people say, what I observe, or what happens, there is no doubt.
And that feels pretty freaking amazing!
Because for so much of my life I allowed what others think, and say, to influence me. To instill doubt. To create fear. And, to dictate my actions. Life was about proving I was worthy and proving I was right.
I’m so thankful that mindset is gone. As long as it resonates with me, that’s enough. I don’t have to convince others to get on board. Being able to say that, and actually mean it, was a long time coming.
But I’m finally embracing the idea that what others say and do, is totally about them and not me.
It’s human nature to want to protect our beliefs and behaviors.
So when someone says or does something that threatens those beliefs or behaviors, we tend to say or do things to protect ourselves. To convince ourselves we’re right.
However, what’s right for me may not be right for you.
Sounds obvious and logical, right? But I’m finding it’s not necessarily how most of us go through life. I think most of us crave validation. It makes us feel good to have others support our actions and decisions. There’s nothing wrong with that, unless it’s holding you back from living the life you truly desire.
We don’t have to agree.
We don’t have to want or even do the same things. That’s the beauty of individuality. That’s why there are people working in, and loving, all different kinds of careers and businesses. That’s why there are people living in, and loving, different places all around the globe.
There’s something about being tuned into inspiration and trusting the path life is laying out in front of you, that’s exciting. You don’t have to know what’s on the other side of your journey to be at peace. You’re confident you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, and doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing.
It’s easy to come up with reasons not to do something.
I could very easily sit down and list a hundred reasons to stay exactly where I am. And every day someone says something that could fuel that list and put doubt in my mind.
It takes courage to step out and follow your heart. Whether you’re moving across the country or starting a new business. There are no guarantees in life regardless which path you choose to follow.
The best part is we get to choose.
I don’t know how this move is going to work out. Just like I didn’t know how starting my own business 20 years ago would work out. What I do know is it’s something I have to do. The inspired path is beckoning me. Calling me forward. And I’m looking forward to wherever it leads. To discovery, adventure, growth, and opportunity.
Will it be perfect?
Yes, and no.
No place, or business, or job is ever perfect. You can make a pro and con list for just about anything. But when you learn to accept that it’s not about success or failure, it’s not about being right or wrong, it’s not about it being all good or all bad, you can begin to redefine perfect.
It also comes down to trust.
Trusting life. Trusting yourself. Trusting the path. And ultimately trusting that no matter what happens you will be OK.
I’m proud of how far I’ve come over the past 10 years. I know I’ve worked hard to get to this place. I hope by sharing my journey I can help inspire others to live more fully and follow their own inspired path, despite what those around them may say or do. And, despite how scared they might feel right now.
Because ultimately, if you want to live more inspired, all it really takes is practicing doing it every single day.