I recently moved from one real estate brokerage to another. I have a lot of friends at the brokerage where I left, and only one at the new place. Change isn’t something I tackle with ease, and when I was discussing making the move with my real estate coach, he asked me to tell him the six words I associated with making this move. I came up with focused, freedom, brave, directed, powerful and strong.
Then, knowing that I process best through writing, he asked me to do a blog post, once each week, for six weeks, on a different word from my list. So, third in the series…BRAVE.
I went to see comedian Amy Schumer a couple New Year’s Eves ago. Once of my favorite parts of her monologue is when she said, “I posed half-naked for an ad. Do you know what word you DON’T want people to use about you when you pose half-naked? BRAVE!” It was hilarious!
So, let me clarify, I’m not brave like that!
Brave’s definition according the Merriam-Webster is this – having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty.
It was difficult to leave. Extraordinarily so. I had built a business associated with that brokerage’s brand. I had friends there. I hate to harp on this, but friends are very important to me in the workplace…it’s actually more that camaraderie is important to me. That takes time to develop, and I had spent that time.
I’m not one to rock the boat…leaving rocks boats!
There was a tremendous amount of fear surrounding my decision to go. It’s crucial to me to make good decisions. It always has been, but ever since I became a parent it’s become even more critical. And here’s the bad part…I still make poor decisions. Great decision-making is not something I’ve long ago check off my list as having mastered!
But I faced that fear and left anyway. And it turns out to have been a
good wonderful decision for me personally, and as a business owner.
Would it be cheesy to close this post with Sara Bareilles’ Brave? Would that be a poor decision? 😉 Well, look at me being brave again…because here it is!