â€œThe moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help.â€ — Napoleon Hill
I came across the above quote in an email signature recently, and it really caught my eye. Once upon a time, I would have read right past it. But, since I made the decision a few years ago to take my career in a new direction, I feel as though Iâ€™ve lived this quote over and over again.
When I decided change careers and become a life and career coach, it felt as though just about everyone with whom I came into contact was somehow connected to my journey. You know that feeling when you buy a car, and then suddenly you start noticing that same car everywhere? Well, that’s how it was for me. And at times, it felt surreal.
I’d always been a bit slippery when it came to making decisions. Whether ordering a meal off a menu, or a more complex thing, like buying a computer, I’d research and research until I’d accumulate so much information that I’d become overwhelmed and paralyzed, unable to make any decision at all.
But, there I was, in a job that was going the way of Apple’s Newton, and I needed to figure out what was next for me. With the help of a career counselor I figured out what I wanted to do and then (deep breath!), I made the commitment to do it.
Making that commitment was a huge leap for me. And, I found that once I made that leap, each subsequent leap or decision became a little bit easier. With every step that I took towards my goal, it seemed as though more hands were reaching out, helping to propel me further along my path. My mind became open to new possibilities and I became more willing to take risks. I developed a new sense of confidence my decision-making ability and a new sense trust in my choices.
Today, as I think about other major decisions in my life, like deciding, with my then boyfriend, to move away from Boston without jobs or even a certain destination, I marvel at how things just seemed to fall into place. I got a temporary job with an organization I was absolutely thrilled to work for and eventually landed a permanent position. A bookstore chain for which my husband worked was opening a new store in the very city where I landed a job. Once we’d committed to moving, so many things seemed to converge to facilitate the process.
What I thought of as strange coincidence then, I now realize stems from living in empowered choice!
What’s one thing you’ve been longing to do, but have been holding back on? Pick one thing, anything. Make a leap, open your mind, and see what happens …