Where To Start When Starting Over

Earlier this month, I had a light bulb moment.  I was having coffee with a friend and former colleague.   While he gave me some great advice, he also made me question what I was doing career wise and whether I could actually complete the tasks I had set myself.

A few days later, my friend connected me with a friend of his.  Again, I received some great advice. Again, I became overwhelmed by what I had set out to do. I was depressed, doubtful and a pain in the butt to live with for a couple of days.  When the dust settled, I realized two things:

I am starting over.
I am not starting at the bottom.  

It took two people unfamiliar with my career, one whom I’d never met, to make me realize these two truths.   I won’t bore you with the details of my resume here, but suffice it to say, I have acquired a bit of experience and expertise.  I just need to apply it to the next stage of my professional life. Instead of feeling depressed, I started getting excited.

The next week, I was taking a pole dance class.  The instructor decided we needed to do more conditioning (read: code for the toughest strength training I have ever done).  I was already tired and hungry, which made it nearly impossible.

As I struggled to complete the exercises, I thought, I can’t do this.  This sucks.  Why am I putting myself through this for a hobby?  I felt like I was starting over. And that’s when it hit me. I may be starting over, but I’m not starting at the beginning. I know how to do some crazy stuff.  I just need to strengthen my skills. I guess business is not the only place where I’m starting over.

No matter what you do, don’t be afraid to take a step forward, sideways, or back to reach your goals.  You’re not starting at the bottom – you have hard-earned knowledge and experience.  And it makes it that much better – and puts you in a winning position.

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