Starting over is scary as hell. No matter how much of a brave front that I put on I have to admit that the thought of starting over and changing my routine scares the crap out of me.
The good news is I don’t allow the fear to stop me from moving forward with what I know needs to be done.
As you know, I left my corporate job in January 2015. My plan was to start a business and be a full time fitness professional. Immediately. That isn’t quite how it worked out. I worked my business and got my clients and ran through my savings. I was faced with the reality that new businesses do not make a profit in the first year – or the first several years. I had to get a job.
After I got out of my feelings and accepted the fact that getting a job does not mean I failed in my attempt at entrepreneurship – it only means that my dream is being delayed. A delay is not a denial. After all, I am still working as a fitness professional. Things don’t look like I thought that they would and that’s okay.
I am currently wearing several hats in the fitness industry: personal trainer, group exercise instructor, fitness specialist, Y-Change Coach, business owner and virtual coach.
Today I interviewed for another position at the Y as a Manager on Duty (MOD) which basically means that I am the go-to person when issues arise. I got the job and I start training tomorrow. Additionally, the person that I interviewed with said that I was also being considered for a position as an AOA (Active Older Adults) Coordinator.
It didn’t turn out how I thought it would but because I didn’t fear starting over, I see it turning out better. I will have a successful career as a fitness professional. This is my second act. My encore.
In the corporate world I was making very close to six figures and had reached a very high level in that profession. In 2015 I started back at the very beginning. That is scary as hell. Having to prove myself again and work my way up. It would have been easier to stay where I was and be comfortable. It would have been easier but definitely not as satisfying.