The car accident
It was just another Monday driving into the office during rush hour. The traffic was as thick as can be, as everyone rushed to get to their Silicon Valley jobs.
I glanced in my rear view mirror and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. A young woman barreling toward me during one of the very rare moments when there was actual space between cars.
I had enough time to swerve slightly onto the shoulder but didn’t quite make it. At 45+ miles per hour, she slammed me from behind, swerved and hit other cars. It became a multiple car pile up.
This woman hit me so hard all my hair flipped over my head and on to my face as I was thrust forward. I immediately felt a hot rush on the back of my neck and was very dizzy.
In the end, no one had major injuries but I did suffer whiplash and a concussion (followed by post-concussion syndrome lasting a couple of years).
This was one of many wake-up calls I had during my time in corporate.
Here I was driving to a job to do work I did not care about (marketing smartphones) surrounded by others who felt the same, and who knows what could have happened that day.
In fact, my discontent had grown to the point where every time
I drove into the office I felt nauseous.
The body speaks.
To make matters worse, I was so accustomed to the hamster wheel that after the police arrived and the report was made, I proceeded to still go to work.
That day there was a very ‘important’ meeting happening. Even though I was feeling very dizzy and unwell, I still went. I was dedicated! (… but to what?)
I walked in late and the moment I did, I saw an organization chart on the screen announcing new roles and titles. On that chart was my name. It was a promotion – a different role, leading a new team. This was the very first I had heard about it and even though the ego was flattered, I did not want it.
In that moment, I did not feel in charge of my destiny.
I felt angry.
At the time, the powers-that-be were easier to be angry at but really, I was mad at myself. Mad that, at this point, I had dedicated 18 years of my life to a line of work I had zero interest in, and wasn’t making the difference I wanted to make.
Mad I had ‘sold out’.
Mad I hadn’t figured out my “purpose” yet.
Mad I opted to go into the office after a car crash when I needed to be home healing.
I did end up going home that day (I couldn’t keep my eyes open – a sign of a concussion) and in my reflection I wondered what would have happened if I had taken a different path in life.
What if I had followed my heart earlier in life? I was seeped in regret and then I realized there no time like the present, to begin.
I used that regret to FUEL my commitment to changing my course – to doing WHATEVER it took to find what I was really here to do and follow that no matter what (even if it meant making half the money I was making).
I wanted to be happy
and the car accident was a poignant reminder that life,
I was also FUELED by the desire to help other people find their perfect work too because it was all-too-painful to be surrounded by all the precious souls who were also miserable.
I knew there was another way and I found it. Eventually I quit corporate and now five years later, I have a solid SOUL-FUELED business that far surpasses the income I made in the hay-day of my career (there was always a question of whether I could do that), doing work perfectly suited for me, showing others how to find theirs.
You can too.
Let me ask you.
Are you open to thinking an entirely new way if it will help you create a life you jump out of bed to start each day?
Because Love, that’s what’s required and the great news – it’s very learnable.
How many years and how much money have you spent on your college education,
or other training, to have the career you are in now?
Likewise, if you want to learn a new way to earn AND have that way be perfectly suited for you, it takes a time and financial investment.
It’s simply an education you were never taught.
You just need to learn how and what.
Again, it IS learnable. What do you need to stay in the game long enough to get real traction? LOTS of patience, mentorship, a community of cheerleaders and tremendous tenacity. THE key to tenacity – KNOW your SoulFUEL® and plug into that EVERY day.
Love & Light,
SoulFUEL® Business & Freedom Coach
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