I am a runner. I wasn’t always a runner. In fact I HATED running. To get over my hate of running I came up with the insane idea to run in a half marathon. I participated in my first half marathon last summer. Now I can call myself a runner.
I will let you in on a secret: I STILL don’t like running. But I do it anyway. Why? The challenge. Pushing myself to do something that I don’t want to do and feeling accomplished afterwards because I know it’s good for me.
I liken a period of transition to running a marathon. It requires a steady, sustainable pace. You see other’s pass by you, finish before you, run next to you, and other’s behind you. It can be exhausting, painful, and feel like it will NEVER end. Be assured- it will, but ONLY if you keep running.
Quitting early may be tempting but DO NOT stop. I know your tired. So am I. I’m running this race with you. I too am in transition. I am transitioning from my day job to my dream job. It’s a tough space to be in. Maybe you hate your job as well. I hope you are making plans to find your dream job. Join the race by looking within yourself to determine what a satisfying dream career would be.
The above scripture (Phil. 3:13-14) states something very important. CRUCIAL to reach your prize (for me, that’s having my business succeed to a level where I can quit my day job). FORGET WHAT IS BEHIND. How can you move forward and cover any ground when you are holding onto the past? For the longest time, I held on to things behind me. Unforgiveness, disappointment, excuses/justifications for lack of action, regret etc.
What things may you be holding on to? Do you want to change your career as well? Let go of excuses as to why it is not practical or the right time. Let go of the regret of getting the wrong degree. If you let all that go you can see clearer the direction you should go. 80% of the process of transitioning out of your career is internal. It requires soul searching and reflection. It takes patience, determination, perseverance, and persistence.
Let go of what lies behind and STRIVE toward that prize. Do not quit- keep running. We’re all in this race.
What is your prize you are striving for?