The calling to embark on a new path, dive into the unknown, or take the chance to let our talents shine can reveal itself in many different ways in our life.
The metaphorical ring of the phone or knock at the door is just a reminder that we are capable of so much more.
Below the surface, we know it, but at times our default setting is to ignore this calling, push it aside, bury it, or flat out refuse to accept or acknowledge it.
And most often, it is because of fear.
And ‘What ifs…..’
However, resisting this calling only leads to more knocks at the door and rings of the phone. Or worse, it can catapult us into a life of regret for never having had the courage to take a chance.
What if I had only taken the chance to ________? You fill in the blank…
I have a long lost friend, an amazing golfer, who took the chance this year to try to qualify for the US Senior Open Championship. A bold and courageous effort to follow a dream. An unexpected car accident cut short his attempt to qualify. But that’s not the point.
Fear was conquered.
I have another friend who is in the transition of changing careers. It’s scary for him, but he’s doubling down on what he needs to do to make it happen.
Fear is being conquered.
I have yet another friend who recently took the chance to apply for a senior leadership position in her organization. She let her gifts and talents shine in the interview process. She won the position and will no doubt deeply impact those who she serves in her upcoming role. She knows she will be challenged. She knows it will not be easy. There is an element of fear there, but she is willing to face it full on to overcome it.
Fear will be conquered.
Stories of overcoming fear are all around us.
What is your story with fear?
How often do you hear the internal knock at the door or ring of the phone reminding you that you are meant to do, try or be more in your life?
What do you do with that reminder?
To what extent do you challenge yourself to tackle this calling?
After all, it's just one leap away. Keep the light on folks. Don’t stop believing.
Thanks for reading.
KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.