A few days ago, I decided to go all-in on myself. It was one of the biggest chances that I can remember taking in a long time, and it was one that had my body shaking out of pure nervousness.
After more than three years, I decided to tell my boss that I wasn’t happy, that I wanted to find a new job.
That’s a pretty bold statement for somebody who hates disappointing others, especially when I have grown a strong relationship with my boss. I mean, she is the one who gave me my first full-time job, who has taken me under her wing, who has pushed me to be the employee that I am today, and who has become a friend for me to go to. Part of me feels as if I owe a lot of where I am at to all she has done for me.
But let’s face it, the job that I’m in now isn’t the job that I see myself doing for the rest of my life. If I had it my way, I wouldn’t be doing it much longer. I love the company that I work for, but the role itself has become far too repetitive.
After some time and thought, I finally found the courage to tell her how I really felt. Along with telling her of my intent to find a new job, I asked for her help in doing so.
She asked me what it was that I wanted to do for the company.
We sat there for a bit, brainstormed ideas, and found a department that I believed I would excel in.
After our meeting, she immediately went to her boss (my boss’s boss) and asked if he had any connections in the new department that I was interested in. Within the matter of an hour, not only was I given the name and email of the hiring manager, but I also had an email sent off to her asking for a few minutes of her time to introduce myself.
It was go time!
Over the course of an hour, I went from having no plan and little hope of ever getting out of my current role, to taking the initiative and helping to create my own future. All of this is because I finally decided to give myself that chance that I felt I deserved.
Nothing Will Ever Change Without Taking A Chance
To say that I was scared walking into that meeting would be an understatement. I was freaking petrified. I felt as if it was almost a slap-in-the-face to tell my boss that I wanted to find a new job and ask for her help in doing so. But I also knew that she wanted nothing but the best for me as an individual, and she too wanted to see me grow.
I came up with a hundred different scenarios in my mind for how that conversation should have gone. None of them had a positive outcome, and none of them went anything like how the actual conversation went.
This is where a lot of us go wrong. We stop ourselves from taking chances in life because we fear what the outcome – the one that we pain in our minds – might be. What we forget to realize is that the outcome that we paint in our minds almost NEVER actually happens. We listen to our fears, and ultimately, we allow these fears to stop us from living our life.
You Are Mean To Grow
Each and every day, your goal should be to be a better you than you were yesterday. As scary as it might be, nothing in your life is ever going to change unless you start taking some chances on yourself and seek the change that you wish to create.
It’s not east. In fact, it’s scary as hell to jump into the unchartered waters of life. But if you are not currently living the life that you desire, then you need to do something that you currently aren’t doing.
Comfort truly is the enemy to any and all success.
I don’t yet know the result of all of this – if I am going to get the new job that I want – but if nothing else, this experience has taught me to follow my heart and start taking more chances on myself. Yeah, it’s scary to think about my fears, but if I want change in my life, then I need to be willing to overcome my fears and seek this change. It’s the only way that I will ever become a better me than I was yesterday.
We all deserve to achieve and all of our dreams, so let’s start moving past all of our excuses, and start giving ourselves the chance to succeed. One step forward, one percent better, one day at a time. It’s our time to achieve our dreams, and it’s time we start doing so right now.
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