this goes for life and triathlon.
but right now, I’m talking about life…
When I was a young girl, I was a springboard diver. I was fearless. I suppose I am still pretty fearless, but it’s just different now. As a diver, I would leap off the high dive, doing all sorts of twists, reverses dives, without a care in the world.. not even scared of what could happen if I messed up. I just went for it. Coach would tell me what to try, and I would just do it. Sometimes failing, slamming down hard on the water, but I got right back up there and tried again. I persevered.
All of those years diving is a metaphor that fits my life right now…
Jumping off that diving board was always a risk. Trying a new dive, always a risk. But you never know unless you actually go for it. I remember my coach telling me that diving is 99% mental, and he was right. It was so easy to psych yourself out of doing a dive. If you thought too hard about it, Boom! you would mess up. I swear… the times I thought “I can do this” were the times I nailed the dive, and the opposite also applied.
Going through a career change feels very similar to trying a new dive. I am taking a risk, I am trying something new, a dive I’ve never done before. I don’t know how I’ll land, or how pretty this all will be, but I won’t know unless I try. I am trying this new ‘gig’ because deep down in my heart, I know that I can do this, and the mind is a powerful thing.
I’ve been saying to myself for a while ‘dream big’ and now it’s time to walk the walk.
change is scary… no doubt about it.
I’ve been pacing the house all week, my mind has been spinning, I literally can’t focus. I usually have my s*it together, but not this week. What the heck is wrong with me?! I keep asking myself. Honestly, I’m a mess. ha.
today this change hit me hard…
March 31st, 2015 was a milestone for me. I dropped off my laptop, my iPhone, my iPad to my big corporate office. I turned in my security badge and signed bunch of paperwork… then it was over. The job that will hopefully be my last ‘big corporate’ job, has officially ended. Just like that…
Part of me was left with those material items… leaving behind the comfortable and facing the uncomfortable head on. I’m not the same girl that walked into that office when I started, I’m stronger and more confident. I’m ready to try the high dive again… 🙂
Have you ever gone through a career change?
What advice do you have for me starting a new job?!