Change is an inevitable life experience that usually gets a bad rap. I get it. It’s rarely easy or fun, mostly because of our human tendency to try to resist it. And trust me, I’ve had plenty of experience with resisting the gremlin of change over the course of my life.
In recent years, one of the most painful moments of change for me was the economic freefall of 2008. The building industry career I had dedicated over 25 years of hard work to had completely tanked and there were massive layoffs, including me.
When I tried getting a job outside of my old industry, I was told I was over-qualified or under-skilled. I couldn’t find my Goldilocks’ ‘just right’ to save my life. Every effort led to a brick wall.
I subsequently lost my home, my sense of identity, my self-worth and, of course, my life savings. I was single and on my own. It got so bad, so desperate, that at one point I considered permanently ‘checking out’. All the fight in me was gone.
I remember the day all that changed. A random conversation with a close friend sparked a potential business idea that got me more excited than I had been in years. I fairly flew out of the door to start researching the possibilities right then and there.
Somehow, it didn’t matter that I didn’t have a penny to my name, that I wasn’t sure how I was going to pay the rent that month or how I would create this business out of thin air. What mattered was my soul recognized that tiny little spark called the ‘Art of Possibility’.
Ten years later, two businesses successfully launched and a third on the way, I can look back at that time in my life and know it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Why? Because I came to realize that I needed that push off the cliff. The Universe recognized that I wasn’t ‘getting there’ on my own.
I could have made the choice to start my own business many times in the years before 2008. But, it took being bulldozed unceremoniously out of my comfort zone nest for me to recognize my limiting beliefs were keeping me from what I was meant to do.
I was caught up in the ‘I can’t because…’, fear-based, supposedly ‘rational’ thoughts my mind dished out the second it sensed I was about to dive into the realm of inspiration, creativity and true potential.
Fast forward ten years to early 2018. I felt ‘it’ coming. That familiar ‘uh oh, here we go!’ feeling that I was standing at the threshold of another life changing leap of faith.
But, this one was different. There was no bulldozer in sight. This time I knew it would be my choice.
That choice was to listen to my heart, listen to my instincts and stay open to the art of possibility without judgement or expectation. And even more importantly? This time I trusted.
My heart was telling me it was time to move. When I say move, I mean MOVE….as in everything! My home, my business, my environment, my attitude, my priorities.
And so, I did, and I’d like to share that experience with you weeks. Mind you, the journey’s not over. Far from it. But, if change is to catapult us toward personal, professional and/or soul growth, we’d better start by paying attention DURING the process, because that’s when the magic takes place.
So, are you with me? Want to know my handy dandy survival list to conquer change or transition without completely losing your mind?
Here’s what I’m going to do. Over the next twelve weeks, I’m going to share one key tool per week that helped me grow and thrive through all the mayhem of the past year(s) in hopes that one or all of them might help you take control of whatever challenging bit of chaos you are experiencing in your life right now.
But, before we start, I’d like to ask one thing of you.
Think about that one thing that you’ve had in the back of your mind, maybe even for years like I did. Something that you’ve always wanted to explore. That one thing your soul has been calling you toward that you’ve either been too afraid to act on or you’ve been held back by the curse of the ‘But, how do I get there?’.
Then, let’s shine the light of truth on it and see what happens! Because, without a doubt, I'd bet my life that the Art of Possibility is calling you too!
See you next week!