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.