Is your path in life the right path or just a safe one (like mine was)?
It was a quote from a book a friend recommended that made me decide something big. That decision had been on its way for a long time and that quote just made me finally realize it. And I won’t say that it was easy and without fear. It wasn’t.
And before I reveal the quote and what I decided, I’m going to ask you some really important questions. You don’t have to show your answers to anyone. Keep them to yourself for now.
- Do you feel passionate about your job?
- Do you wake up eager to start your day, aware of the value you are bringing to other people?
- Do you feel energized at the end of the day?
Until a few years ago my answer to all these question was a loud 'no'! I was working a 9 to 5 job in a small company as a financial consultant, every single day I had to make an effort to get out of the house and go to work, and at the end of the day I was so tired that most of the time my dinner ended up with me falling asleep on the table.
The safe path doesn’t demand any risk-taking. That’s what makes it safe.
I knew I was not cut for a 9 to 5 job, and even more, I knew I wanted to have my own business, I wanted to be my own boss. But I was so afraid. I was afraid of change, afraid of not being good enough, afraid of not having what it takes to be successful…..
… Can you relate?
The thing is that many times we decide it's better to live the life we have because, in a way, even though it is not what we desire, it is safe. We let go of all our aspirations and dreams because we are not willing to get out of our comfort zone and do the work required to conquer our fear.
Does your path have a heart?
So it was this quote from a book a friend had suggested me to read that awakened me and helped me come to the realization that something was missing in my life, something big: my joy!
The quote reads:
“A path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you . . . Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone, one question . . . Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't it is of no use.”
My path at that time didn’t have a heart.
I decided back then that I didn't want to keep living that life, and that I had to do everything it would take to find my real path. Everything.
I started listening to my heart and I never stopped since.
I am not saying there are no obstacles on the road - there are many, and most of them are created by ourselves. But when you are ready, when you take a decision and you really commit to it, everything becomes easier, smoother. You still have your fears. Old fears. New fears. Just put them aside. Put them in the audience seat, and start playing the main role in your life. Allow yourself to make mistakes. And have in mind that you have a goal to reach. And you will reach it no matter what.
I found it, I’m on it. What about you?
Now that I am a Life and Health Coach and I am following my real passion, I can honestly answer 'yes' to all the questions above: helping people gives me a terrific amount of joy and energy and I am grateful for taking charge of my life.
Every dream can become reality by taking action, so what's stopping you from living the life you are imagining for yourself?
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International Life and Health Coach
Whispering Out Loud LLC