After 30 years in corporate America, I realized that I no longer wanted to be on that path. So, I began the journey from the “no longer” where I was as an employee, to the “not yet” where I wanted to be as an entrepreneur.
My family and friends saw me as being courageous. But I saw myself as being choosy. I chose the path of least resistance...for my soul. It was easier for me to believe in my value that to convince a system to believe in my value. It was easier to become equally yoked with others who lived for purpose rather than to become assimilated within an organization that existed for profit.
Of course, I realize that if businesses aren’t profitable, no one wins. Especially in my new role as a consultant. And I chose to be intentional about partnering with businesses that value the synergy which results from leveraging individual strengths to accelerate organizational performance.
In my approach, I find the courage to raise people’s awareness of self and others. I find the courage to remind people that everyone is packaged with potential for purpose. I find the courage to reflect people’s greatness back to them in ways they don’t see in themselves. I find the courage to reinvent myself that reinforces my belief that everyone is gifted to shift into news levels of success. I find the courage to practice what I preach: I must change my frame and change my focus to change my future.
As I share these thoughts, I remember a time when my nephew, Marcus, as young. One day, my mother -in-law recounted to my husband and me Marcus’ experience learning to swim one summer. He stated that he “gathered his courage” before jumping into the deep end of the pool. We were tickled and impressed because although he did not fully understand what gathering his courage meant, he jumped into the pool with the confidence that he would enjoy it as being refreshing on a hot summer day. In a sense, I’ve jumped into the deep end of the pool. And it’s a pool that refreshes my soul. Be encouraged. Be courageous.