"If nothing ever changed, there would be no such things as butterflies." ~ Wendy Mass, The Candymakers
I found this sign in a Florida thrift shop a couple of years ago.
It's been hanging above my desk ever since, a good reminder that I need to keep pushing forward out of my comfort zone.
But while I've experienced some growth during that time, I've also sidestepped some changes I knew were necessary to break through a ceiling I kept bumping up against in my career.
The changes involve moving into a new role and new territory where I have never envisioned myself, and especially not at 61 when so many of my friends are focusing on retirement.
I'll be stepping into a big unknown, and the unknown can be scary. I truly don't even know enough to know what questions I should be asking, and by asking them, I reveal how ignorant I am about it.
"One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again." ~ Abraham Maslow
Sidestepping and looking for a shortcut has been much easier... but I haven't moved forward.
So this is the year I'm embracing the word GROW and all of the pain, frustration, exhaustion, and vulnerability that will come with it. I’ll be hiring an assistant this month, someone who can take over tasks that will free me to better help my clients and family, and ensure I have a personal life. I also have a new team member who is eager to learn and succeed, so I'm determined to grow my business to ensure her success, too.
That may not seem like such a big thing to you, but after being a solo freelancer for so long, even in my real estate business, involving someone else in my daily routine is going to be a big adjustment.
I'm grateful for the training, encouragement, and support that Keller Williams Realty provides for growing our businesses. I've actually been preparing for this for awhile, but the fear of the unknown and unfamiliar was still greater than my belief that it's the right path for me.
Until now, anyway. As uncomfortable as it will be, I do believe this is where God is leading me.
“Personal growth is not a matter of learning new information but unlearning old limits.” Alan Cohen
Wish me luck!
One of my team leaders at my office posted the following on Facebook. It's perfect for the start of a new year, so I'm sharing it with you.