Last week I decided to give up something I really wanted to do – lead a group coaching program. The design was nearly complete and I was excited to get started. The problem? I couldn’t find 3 people for the pilot that were both interested in a group program and available at the same time each week for 12 weeks in a row. It was even hard for my schedule and I was the one leading it!
So I let it go.
I was disappointed. And instantly relieved. The stress I had been feeling melted away.
The same day I decided to stop the group program I confirmed two new clients. I had three more referrals and a request to write a proposal for a women’s coaching and development program by the end of the week.
It was like the universe knew I had space and energy and it rushed in to fill it up with amazing possibilities.
We hear a lot of messages about persistence and determination when we are growing up. Stick to the path! Keep on keeping on! Perseverance is the key to success! And there is a time to hold onto your dreams with both hands and scrape your way forward.
But there’s also a time to pause, honestly ask ourselves what isn’t working, and choose a better way.
This is especially true when it comes to our careers. I hear clients say:
I’ve been on this path for 10 years and the future is laid out in front of me. But I’m not sure I want to be on this path anymore.
My managers have always told me I have potential and will be a great leader. What if I want to use my potential in a different way?
I want to try something else, but I’m afraid I’ll disappoint everyone.
Choosing a different path is not failure. It is an opportunity to create the possibility for something great.
Take the first step towards a future that you really want. Start exploring the options. Talk to new people. Reflect on what’s most important to you.
And if you want help on the journey, I work with clients that are feeling stuck in their career. We’ll work together to figure out what you really want and build a plan to create a meaningful career.
The path isn’t laid out in front of you – you create the path as you walk forward. It’s your move.
Heather Whelpley is a speaker and coach that works with women to combat self-doubt, own their brilliance, and step into the career and life they desire. Click here to learn more.