Some of us dislike advice, suggestions, comments, observations. We bristle, feel uncomfortable; it’s like we have a pebble in our shoe. But you and I know that that is oftentimes a sign of something we know we need to change, but resist, sometimes with every ounce of our being.
Why are we so resistant? I think it’s simply because we are creatures of habit, we like our routines, familiar places. Sometimes we fear change because we might be challenged to rise to an occasion, meet an expectation … we fear failure, or perhaps worse, disappointing someone, even ourselves.
But as someone who embraced change, fear, challenge, performance, new routines and relationships and situations completely outside my comfort zone, and who didn’t disappoint, fail, or die (!), I urge you to give it a go. If you want that supervisor’s job: go for it. If you lust after a career in chocolate sales: go for it. If you dream of crunching numbers rather than crushing garbage, for heaven’s sake, what are you waiting for? Go for it.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being the pebble in your shoe, and now expect you to pull off that shoe, remove that darn pebble, and start walking with a purposeful stride.