I just came back from visiting my daughter in Texas and I want to share a career “aha” she taught me during this visit. Since the birth of her twins 2 years ago, Sarah hasn’t worked outside the home. After a decade in retail sales, four years of which she excelled as the manager of a large cosmetics counter, she knew she needed to do something, but daycare for 2 infants wasn’t a cost she could take on. Last year, she became a mompreneur and began selling Discovery Toys and Scensey. After a year, she isn’t where she wants to be in terms of profit. Sarah’s pretty practical and so she had establishedsome goals for herself, analyzed what the real costs of the business were, and decided it wasn’t just the growing pains of a new business that were holding her back. She projected the sales increase she’d need to make her financial goal and determined it was time for a change. When she told me this, I was pretty skeptical. I thought she should give it more time.
“Now,” she told me, “I realize how the financial structure of the business impacts my ability to earn. I didn’t know what the ins and outs were then. I do now.” She took that confidence and her experience in selling cosmetics and is now an Arbonne consultant. She held her first 2 parties at her home while I was visiting and sales seem to be going great guns.
sometimes you just know when it’s time to move forward. My “aha” was the realization that in those situations, when you’re being led by heart or Spirit, cautiously taking it slow isn’t a virtue–it just saps your energy and blunts your resolve. Changing gears in our careers takes energy and boldness. We need to capitalize on those moments of clarity and inspiration when we experience them and use them to propel us from dissatisfaction to joy!
This doesn’t mean quitting our jobs today and becoming Marco Polo. It does mean we need to stop contemplating and take a step – any step that our hearts tells us is right – toward something we’re dreaming about. That step can be in any direction–right or wrong, we’ll learn something about making the dream come true.