I knew a man who emigrated from England to make a fresh start. After doing the same job for over 20 years, he had a chance to do something different, something to get him out of the career rut he felt he was in. But what? And how? It would have been easier to go back to what he knew and to find a job doing what he did before. He knew if he went back to that work, he would probably never leave it. “Maybe I should just bite the bullet and get a job,” he said.
I knew a young mother of two who was in an abusive marriage with a man who had no intention of changing. She had tried everything she could think of. The children were affected by the atmosphere in the home. She had talked to a lawyer. She had the phone number that would allow her to move to a halfway house and the possibility of a new life for her and her children. And she didn’t know when she would be able to make that call – if ever.
Unlike Indiana Jones, most people don’t cross the chasm from where they are to where they want to go by stepping out into thin air, hoping a bridge will appear. Yes, courage is important when uncertainty and risk are real, but the odds of success increase greatly when we build solid strategy in to the plan, and when we have a skilled companion to accompany us.
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