That knot in your stomach, sweaty palms, shallow breaths are all signs that you are about to do something terrifying! New! Out of YOUR comfort zone!
Fifteen years ago I quit my nine year job, cashed in my 401k and went back to complete my four-year degree at the ripe old age of 32. I was not terrified about that…I knew getting my education would be doable, not easy with a toddler and commuting an hour each way to the university, but I felt exhilarated at the possibility this would mean for me.
The real fear, terrifying and gripping fear was after the finals, graduation and certification tests that solidified my place as a teaching professional. It happened when I went to apply for my first teaching position as a full-time, bonafide, stamped with the state seal of approval ready to teach your kids…ME! responsible for all of it. Sitting at that computer with my license, application, cover letter and recommendations ready to go was the most terrifying feeling I have ever had…pressing that submit button took everything I had to not give in to the crippling fear that I was facing.
Whenever we are creating change in our life, something has to give. We lose some and we gain some. I was losing working at a job and gaining a career. Being responsible on a whole other level. Affecting education and shaping minds. HUGE!
To say this was life changing is an understatement, but I had worked diligently for three years towards this goal and now it was time to ACT.
So, yes…I paced the floor, had a knot in my stomach, my palms were sweaty and I couldn’t type to save my life. I had hit that place were you can make or break yourself and your goals…do you have what it takes?
How do you press that SUBMIT button.
- Belief in yourself-that is what got you to this point.
- Prayer-whoever/whatever your belief system is.
- Know you are worthy-you do deserve the life you have prepared for.
- Be Bold-have confidence in your efforts, training, and knowledge-you offer you and your perspective and experience-there is no other YOU.
- Leap-and fly!