40 Tips To Re-Invent and Re-Launch at Age 40, 50, or Beyond. (Tip #10)
Re-inventing your career and life takes courage. There are so many stumbling blocks that can undermine confidence when we recreate our livelihoods that many get sent back to their comfort zones and never even attempt the thing they desire.
Bravery is necessary to push forward in the face of the unknown, and throughout human history we have seen great advancements achieved by those who took risk and did not let fear undermine their journey. My maternal grandfather took his four younger siblings from Ireland to America after his parents died. He was 16 years old. I think of his voyage sometimes and cannot comprehend what he must have felt to be in charge of relocating a family that included a four year old sister. I am sure it was overwhelming, and yet he made it and they all grew up and created their lives in America.
Fear of what bad things might happen can paralyze you and keep you from taking the steps necessary to move toward your goals. While thinking about the downside and pitfalls is important (you do not want to be surprised by real problems that pop up along the way), they are not where you should focus your attention. Place your attention on the best case of all realistic outcomes and work toward reaching that target.
When you board a plane in Los Angeles headed for Honolulu you want your pilot to be thinking about landing safely in Hawaii. While many things can go wrong (and being prepared for emergencies is important for the flight crew), they manage the trip with the best possible outcome in mind: a safe landing at the destination.
If you are leaving a career and pursuing a new vocation, it can be hard to gain the knowledge, and even harder to develop the skills necessary to earn a living. Do not let "hard" stop you from going for your dreams. Have faith in yourself and then work diligently through all the ups and downs.
When you make a decision, push forward and bravely take action. Letting trepidation ooze into your field of vision will make you tentative. It is the decisive who reach the top of a mountain. Just do it.
This does not mean to be brave in the face of facts that tell of a lost cause. Sometimes you have to change course or walk away. You must always be realistic about the situation at hand, but do not let your imagination or the chance of failure knock the foundation of success out from under you before you even get going.
I have not always been as brave as I should have been and that leaves me feeling sad. When I look at the very few regrets I have in my life it is never the things I tried for (and failed) that cause disappointmen. It is the times that I was not brave and did not even try to achieve my dreams that makes me feeling small.
Trying and failing is a good thing, but not trying to achieve what your heart desires is the biggest mistake one can make. I say "go for it", and be brave. Make smart choices, and adjust course if you must. To swing and miss is better than to forever say "what if".
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