Moving forward with Confidence
Roughly eighteen months ago, I made the decision to leave my HR job. I worked for a wonderful company with great pay and benefits. It was a hard decision, probably one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. I did not have the full support of my family and some of my friends. That made the decision tougher. I did have enough people in my corner that understood my need for a change. I had to figure out a way to move forward with confidence.
I spent 17 years at this company. It was consistent and solid. I felt challenged, appreciated and respected. So why would I leave? I also felt completely burned out. Completely. Needless to say, Covid did not help my situation. It was tough on HR. I got up everyday and did the same thing, day after day, week after week…you get the point. I was withdrawing from my family, friends and my life. I was simply existing. I was in a very dark place. It was time for a change. It was time to move forward.
Finally, after a few years of consideration, I made the decision, turned in my notice and immediately, I started to see a new light, a new life. I found a way to say goodbye to that life. It was my plan to consult in anything HR related. But first, I was going to take some time to heal.
For the first time in decades, I did not have to get up and go to work. I had no idea what the future held for me but I can tell you one thing…not having the sound of an alarm going off is the sound of pure joy.
I began to work on me. Not something I have ever been good at, sadly. I began reconnecting with people that matter to me. I was able to have a conversation without immediately becoming full of anger or tears. Eventually, I started to create ideas of what I wanted to do next. Finally, I will be able to focus on the areas of HR that matter to me.
Moving forward with confidence. Let’s think about that. I have no job, no income. How do I confidently move forward?
- You just do it.
- You take on things you have never done.
- You focus on areas that are important to you.
- You learn to enjoy small wins.
- You learn to appreciate things in a different way.
While I am grateful for my time in my job. That job gave me skills and knowledge to go out on my own. I am now building a business that focuses on leadership and helping leaders become more effective. My business provides me with the opportunity to help others learn to effectively communicate. I can coach leaders how to make better hiring decisions. I can help and I can help those that want to be helped not those that are required to be helped.
Moving forward with confidence has been scary but it has also been liberating. If you have a tough choice to make, do what is best for you, your situation and your mental health. Take a moment to consider you. We get one shot at this life. Time is a gift. Find a way to uncover your peace, your happiness, your best you.
I am grateful for this opportunity. Thank you.