Don’t be afraid to give up the good
The last couple months of my life have been full of change. I quit my fulltime job, moved to a new city into a house with 3 strangers, started a new job, and somehow managed to find some time to attend yoga teacher training in Hawaii in the midst of my transition. It wasn’t easy – at least not emotionally – I remember a point in Hawaii where I felt terrified – as if I didn’t have a home or a place to belong. I wasn’t sure at all what my future held and in turn, I began to question myself and my decisions.
Somehow during my struggle, I stumbled upon this quote:
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
I was reminded to trust myself and my decisions. People asked me all the time “Why are you moving? Are you unhappy in Pittsburgh? Do you hate your job?” It was actually quite the contrary. I love Pittsburgh (I even started a website dedicated to fun happening in the city), I had a good job where I was very comfortable, I was close to my parents and 2 of my siblings, I lived with some of my best friends, and I felt so at home in a place where I knew a lot of people. But there was something deep within me that was longing to explore someplace new. Even though I was happy in Pittsburgh, I made the decision to invite change into my life. I let go of the good to go for the great.
I now have a new job that I love, am meeting new people and making new friends while deepening my existing relationships, and open to endless new experiences.
Christine Hassler teaches in her book “Twenty Something, Twenty Everything” that there are no “wrong” decisions, especially in your twenties and thirties. This is a time of self-discovery and with each decision or move made, a new and deeper understanding of oneself is born.
It can be challenging to make moves when things are going well and you’re comfortable. When we’ve hit a low point in life, it’s often pretty obvious that something has to change. We start taking steps toward growth and the momentum builds – many of the most successful people I know got the motivation and the inspiration to do great things when they found themselves at their low points in life.
But when things seem pretty good, it’s easy to become complacent. This can become dangerous when we’ve hit a plateau in life for too long and are no longer progressing forward.
So I want to challenge you to think about where you might be holding your own self back:
Where are you complacent in your life? What is an area where you could be pushing yourself just a little outside of your comfort zone? What’s one step you can take this week to ensure you’re open up to continuous growth?
Let me know what comes up for you during this exercise in the comments below.