Today you found out you were laid off from work. Beyond the shock, you felt dejected and angry. Angry that they chose you, angry that you hadn’t left on your terms, and shocked that after all those years of service – you were the one they picked. Your upbringing has made you want predictability, dislike taking risks, and like the routine this job gave you. When the confusion of what happened clears your head, think about the following: Yes, you were the one they chose. But what if by choosing you they did for you what you couldn’t do for yourself? Give you the freedom to do something completely different in life, reinvent yourself, re-ignite and chase old dreams. What if by choosing you they liberated you from the fear that holds you back from taking risks, embracing uncertainty and new routines in life? There should be no question in your mind that you will succeed at whatever you put your mind to.
You are an intelligent, passionate, loving, caring, compassionate human being with all the attributes that define success. You have the IT factor, the right stuff. The stuff that separates smart people from highly successful people. So, go for it. Take the time to explore what else, what if. You will be tempted to jump right back in, to go back to the routine of what you know. If you do, do so only after you have tested new waters, the uncharted ones, the ones you’ve dreamed about. Don’t live to regret the things you didn’t dare to do. Life is full of ups and downs, the mundane and the extraordinary. Be grateful for it all. Because even in the lows of life, there are precious lessons we are left with. Someday you will look back at today as a defining moment. The day you faced your greatest fear and you learned that happiness isn’t defined by how much money you make. It’s defined by how you chose to live your life. Whatever you do – choose wisely.