Believe in Yourself. You Will Always Land on Both Feet

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it — then I can achieve it. -Muhammed Ali

What happens when you don’t live your passion?

If you listen to people talk about why they left their jobs and in many cases their careers, you hear the same things: “It was harder and harder to get up in the morning”, “I felt dead inside”, “I knew this was not what I was meant to do.” Over and over again, people who walk away from the mundane of “9-to-5” or “7-to-whenever” do so at tremendous personal risk while tampering with the emotional and financial foundations on which many of us were raised — the security of a job with regular income, a pension, and healthcare coverage.

For many, the daily grind of work is just that, a grind, a way to pay rent or mortgage, or a once enthusiastic endeavor in a beloved field changed by bureaucracy and loss of vision by those with whom we work. What happens to the mind, the spirit, and yes, even the body as you sink into a sense of hopelessness or in some cases, a sense of failure because you know that inside you are capable of so much more?You’re smart, innovative, talented, creative. You’re also hard-working because though your daily job doesn’t feed your spirit, you don’t leave until the job is done or at least problems and crises are averted. Imagine those stellar characteristics and that drive channelled into your passion: that thing that you’d get up early for instead of being awakened by an alarm for another day like yesterday and the day before.

Are healthcare coverage and a pension worth the mental anguish of day-to-day, year-to-year, decade-to-decade, uninspired drudgery, or putting out fires as they come up because you’re capable, because there’s no one else, or because no one else is willing to do the things that need to be done to keep an office, a department, or a service going. A lifetime may pass before you look back and say, would, should, could have….

Could have is the most devastating because your fear of flying, fear of failure, fear of “I told you so”, and your internal security guard kept you from taking the risk.

It’s the same fear that keeps you off to the side, afraid to speak up, afraid to engage. Your fear has imprisoned you in your job and in your career, and has kept you in a life a fraction of your true potential.

Fear has kept you from sharing with others that you are quite an extraordinary person.

Believe in yourself. You will always land on both feet.

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it — then I can achieve it. -Muhammed Ali


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