On my way to and from work today I listened to the Michelle Obama interview about her new book Becoming on the Super Soul Sunday podcast. One part that stuck out to me that I had to share is that, “It is ok to change your mind.” Michelle was speaking about her career and the direction she thought she wanted to go in only to find out she did not find joy in the work.
This is a rule I have always lived by, only do work that brings you joy. This doesn’t mean work isn’t challenging, and that you won’t have days where you want to run away and hide from it all. It’s about finding work where even in those not so fun days, you still want to be there because its all worth it. And when the day comes that it just isn’t worth it any more, WALK AWAY! Even if you just completed all this painstaking training, moved half way across the world, and have to pay to break a contract. It’s okay to change your mind, you will find the right next thing. And this time you are a little bit wiser and a little bit more sure of who you are as a person.
As humans we get nervous when things take a turn and suddenly you realize the path you’re on isn’t working for you anymore. The panic of “Oh god, now what?!” sets in and suddenly you are paralyzed, unable to make any decisions. I know for me I can identify that a change needs to happen but then I go into planning mode trying to control the current situation and the future outcome. And let me tell you, I am never successful at controlling things, haha. (Neither is anyone else by the way.) And instead of controlling we need to lean into the uncertainty, and lean even more into your inner self. You were able to identify that there was a problem, now trust yourself to make the right decisions to move forward. Trust that it will all work out. Trying to control the future is fearful, letting go and trusting is loving and brave. Let go and trust the universe and trust that you can make all the best choices. And when you do let go and trust, magic happens!