Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we got things right first time?
No messy mistakes, no second chances needed.
No practice required, simply perfection.
But life doesn’t work like that, does it?
Life is messy and unpredictable and rarely goes how we want or expect it to be.
So, where does that leave us? If we’ve ended up feeling as if we’ve taken the “wrong” path or made the “wrong” choices, what do we do then?
Well, thankfully, it’s never too late to try something new. It’s never too late for you to start your life all over again. You simply start today.
You start with one small step.
You start by choosing.
What do you choose?
For years, I thought I had ruined my career. That I had studied the wrong degree, wasted my time in the wrong jobs, and had simply scuppered any chances I might have had at success. But then I made a choice – I gave myself a second chance – a fresh start: I quit my job and went back to University to do a Master’s Degree.
Even though I was at the same University, studying the same subject, the whole experience was so completely different that it showed me quite clearly – giving yourself another chance to try something is not failure. It’s not even a backwards step – it’s a step forward in a new direction.
10 years later, I did it again, but this time I quit my job because I was sick of reinventing myself for someone else. Sick of doing what other people told me I was good at doing. I wanted to take ownership of my own life. I wanted to work for myself. I wanted freedom. And I wanted to set other women free too. So, I quit my job and went back to University to do a PGCert in Coaching, to build ToGetHer Further from a passion project into a sustainable business.
And now, I have no intention of ever having a job again, let alone quitting one, but I reinvent myself and my work almost every day. Every morning is a fresh start – a new opportunity to try something new to help my community: a new event or workshop to organise, a new coaching exercise to create, a new perspective to share with my coaching clients.
So, even on the days when I think I have it figured out, I stay curious. And on the days when I feel completely overwhelmed or worried that I’ve made a huge mistake, I stay hopeful. Because I know it is never too late to start all over again. You simply choose to see it that way, and remain open to the opportunities that will appear for you.
What would you change about your working life?
What do you choose to do about it?