Follow Your Dreams – How Do You Know You Are Making the Right Decision?

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I followed my dream and created the perfect job.  How do I know I made the right decision?  Here is my story…

It started two years ago, I was toying with the idea of leaving the company I was working for to launch a business.  I was no longer excited about working for my existing corporation – I felt as if my life was becoming a Dilbert cartoon (I even had the pointy hair boss).  At the same time I was suffering from some abdominal pains.  My primary physician ruled out the major concerns but did not have a solution to stop the pain.  I had just seen a specialist who suggested a small out-patient exploratory procedure and in the mean time, he gave a medication to try.  A week later I was scheduled to attend an intensive 5-day retreat and personal development seminar.

In order to get the most from the seminar I decided to un-plug,  so no technology (no laptop, iPhone or blackberry) to check on things at the office.  I took a small flip phone for emergencies but it was turned off and a CD player based the list of things we were told to bring to the seminar. The first two days was pretty intense, emotional and long.  By the third day, I realized that I was no longer having the severe abdominal pains.  Even more amazing I had not been taking the medication.  That is when it hit me, my current job was the source of the pain.  I thought I was coping but apparently I was not.  Later the exploratory surgery confirmed that I had developed an ulcer.  Wow!! What an eye-opening experience and I made the commitment to exit myself from the company.  But wait it gets better….

So I started the process of exiting the company.  Now I am not very impulsive person when it comes to providing for my family so I transferred from my current division to one of the up and coming entrepreneur divisions.  Not that this was the solution but it provided me with a great opportunity to learn a different part of the business while leveraging my core strengths to build a sales training program.  The move also remove me from the day to day senior leadership responsibilities.  It was evident that many of the inconsistencies I saw in the old division existing in the new one due to the senior leadership team’s actions.  I was trying to find the right time to make my move without be disruptive to the organization or myself.

I was onsite at one of our facilities leading a sales program and that evening while at the hotel a friend of mine calls.  Now he prides himself and being super-intuitive and he is amazingly in-tune with emotions and feelings.  I can be at a loss for words to express myself and he just picks up on what’s going on with me and knows exactly what to say.  We talked about what was going on at work.  He told me that he knows I am looking to make a move but hang in a little while longer he had a “feeling” that I would be provided a graceful win-win way out.  At the end of the week, I received a phone call from my manager.  She explained that some organizational changes were about to occur and she was giving me an opportunity to decided my fate.  My choice, move out of state into a new role or take a severance package.  I could hardly contain myself.  I asked for time to think about it and discuss the situation with my family.

Beautiful Disney World at Sunset

I already knew my answer, but I briefly talked to my husband and a couple of people in my inner circle about the pros and cons.  That night I was going out to dinner with colleagues and my sales training participants.  A storm had just passed over us.  We were driving on the highway when I saw a double, full rainbow.  Now I have seen a partial single rainbow many times but never a complete one and never a double rainbow.  As we got closer, one of the ends of the rainbows appeared to be right in our driving path.  The entire car load of people were super excited.  As we arrived at our destination we actually drove through the rainbow.  It was like a scene from a Disney movie – I swore I head bluebirds signing :-).

To me it was a clear sign to me that I had made the right decision.  The next day, out of the blue I received a phone call from another vendor that I had not spoken to in about a year.  He said, I know this sounds crazy but have you ever considered starting your own business?  I have an opportunity and I would like to discuss it with you.  The Ember Carriers Leadership Group was born.

www.embercarriers.com

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