Saying goodbye is hard. This week I had to say goodbye to two friends and colleagues, one of whom I have known for 13 years and the other for 4 years. While I feel very sad that they will not be in my daily life, I know they both have bigger things on the horizon -- they will have an even greater impact on the world. That’s the gift in saying goodbye.
So often with our careers we stay in the safe zone, the place that's comfortable, the role that we know so well. We do so even when that place is not the ideal fit for us, even when the role does not allow us to use our God-given talents to their fullest.
There is nothing wrong with staying within a role that is fulfilling, one that we feel passionate about. However, when we feel overly comfortable, we are playing it safe, and that’s when I think we are doing ourselves and others a huge disservice.
I am working with a client who is not currently using her talents on a daily basis. She recognized the discord it has created within her and said, “I know I have more to share with the world.” After one of our sessions, she tapped into her creative energy and began writing again. She has taken her first step in saying goodbye to limiting thoughts and is now embracing the gift of her inner talent and sharing it with the world.
To quote Jack Canfield, “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” Sometimes not playing it safe means a pretty large change. Sometimes it means taking a small step towards welcoming more of who you truly are.
In what ways could you be impacting the lives of those around you more? What do you need to say goodbye to in your career or in your role to make that impact? By saying goodbye, what are you allowing yourself to embrace?