Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Follow Your Heart

A short time ago I was faced with a very big decision - whether to stay in the job I had been in for nine years or whether to leave it and start my own business. I'm normally very conservative as far as risk-taking goes, especially when it comes to financial matters. But I was in a situation where I was under a lot of stress and I was yearning for a new challenge. It was almost like having World War II going on in my mind...what to do?? One evening, after a long and very trying day at work, I called on of my friends to discuss the whole situation yet again (I have some very understanding friends!) After telling her my woes, she said something to me that really got me thinking. What she said was, "Cath, you have already made your decision. You just need time for your head to catch up."

Of course she was right. In my heart of hearts I had already made my decision to leave. My mind, which is always thinking rationally and is often plagued with the "what ifs", was still trying to figure out ways to make my work situation work. I just needed time for my rational brain to come to the same conclusion as my heart. After 2 days of just being still, they finally came to an agreement and I handed in my resignation...and haven't looked back.

If you are facing a tough decision in your life, take some time to just be still and listen to what your heart and your body is trying to tell you. Has your decision already been made for you? If it has, then give your mind as much time as it needs to "catch up" and come to the same conclusion. Then act on it. It may turn out to be one of the most difficult things you have ever done, but, in my experience anyway, I've never regretted it.