“We miss 100% of the shots we don’t take.” – The Great One (Wayne Gretzky)
I lived most of my life in a very safe hole. I took the easy road or no road at all just so I didn’t have to take a risk or get out of my comfort zone. Mostly, I spent my life just existing. Seeing the days pass by, one after the other, dreaming of the day when life handed me a rockin’ body, amazing boyfriend and awesome career. However, the more I wished, the more upset I’d become as the gap between the life I dreamed of and the life I had became wider and wider.
One day it dawned on me there’s a huge difference between wishing for things and making them happen. There’s also a huge difference in thinking about having an amazing life and believing that I deserved an amazing life.
Over the last four years I have slowly cracked free of the shell I hid myself in. I took a dramatic turn and left my job and place of residence to move to Toronto and start a new life. I took a further risk and finally grabbed hold of my health and turned it around and this time I didn’t fail! In fact, I succeeded more than I ever thought I would! I risked my comfort zone and started to date more and meet new people. I committed myself to a relationship and took the plunge a meer six months later to move in with him. I decided to go back to school as an adult and try and finish up the degree I started so long ago.
All of the risks I have taken over the last few years have made me stronger, more confident, happier and more in touch with the person I am today. It’s also made me embrace my fears so that I can conquer them and continue to become more and more authentic as a person.
Yesterday I made one of two of the biggest risks I will take all year; I quit my job!
But let me tell you why I quit my job, it’s actually in direct relation to Risk #2:
I’m starting my own business!
I’ve had to keep quiet about it because it’s a public blog but since I gave my notice today I can blab about it! In early July of this year I will be launching my own business as a Personal Health Coach! I will be guiding and helping those who want to get healthy but have no idea where to start to figure out their goals and help them to make it happen! When I took hold of my health, my whole life opened up in front of me and I realized quite quickly that all I wanted to do was show others just how powerful their lives can become simply by taking control of their health. So be prepared to hear more about the craziness of opening my own business, working from home and the pros and cons that lay therein!
As much as this is the biggest risk I’ve taken so far in my life, it’s also the one that feels the most natural. Yes, I’m nervous and worried about making money while my business gets off the ground but for the first time this decision leaves me feeling so at peace with myself. I’ve always wanted to help and inspire others and I’ve always wanted to work for myself and I know it won’t be easy and I know there’s a chance it just may not work out but at least then I’ll have taken the risk and never have to experience that panic of looking back with regrets. And now, at 31 years old, I also have the maturity to realize that passion alone won’t drive a business so I’ve been making sure to do what I can so that my business will succeed!
I’m so excited to start down this road, regardless of where it will take me I know it’ll lead me towards where I’m truly meant to be!
What have you risked lately?