“Good is the enemy of great.” ~Jim Collins
There seemed to be a “missing piece” to my personal story in the original post called Is “Good” Enough? My oldest daughter who is my blog critic and supporter, pointed out that I skipped the most important part of my story, how I figured out that I wanted to leave good behind and move to GREAT.
“Huh?” I said, “Do you really think the details are that important?”
“Absolutely” she said, “Even I don’t know that part of your story and it’s important to hear what led someone to the decision to change the direction of their life.
”So here we are at Part 2, finishing my story of what made me walk away from good to get to great……
I was loading the dishwasher one morning, exhausted and stressed out, thinking that I was headed for the heart attack or the big C because of that stress, knowing that I wanted so much more from my life. I wanted something to be passionate about, something that would speak to my soul and if I was going to work this hard then it was going to be for me, not a corporation.
I wanted to help people and bodywork came to mind in the form of chiropractic. I knew this would be a long road, probably 6 years to complete but I wanted it and was willing to make it happen. I knew that I had to continue working my full time job but with the support of my husband and kids, I knew I could do this.
I was off to the races pursuing my new venture with passion, going to school at night and working during the day. Even though it sounds even more exhausting and stressful, I found that when I hit the classroom at night after a long day, I was rejuvenated and eager to get going again.
I finished one semester and started into my second when *BAM* the Universe decided to throw down a roadblock in the form of a promotion. Now some people would think, “Okay so I’m not meant to do this and now I have an even better job with more money. It’s just not meant to be.”
Not me, I was pissed and I mean pissed in a big way. I’m shaking my fist at the Universe saying “How dare you take this away from me, this is what I want to do and I know that I can make a difference.” The Universe, of course, didn’t say a word which made me even madder.
About a month into my mad spell I was still questioning “the why” with no answers when a good friend of mine introduced me to one of her friends who was a massage therapist and had started a massage school. She started asking me if I had thought about becoming a therapist. “No” I said, “I was starting chiropractic school but had to stop due to my promotion.”
“Think about it” she said.
I did, opening up my mind to new possibilities and when the light bulb finally came on in my pissed off head, I realized that I had just been blessed with a little Divine intervention. The Universe had spoken to me through that roadblock allowing me to find my great instead of settling for good. 21 years later I’ve never regretted leaving behind good because great has lead me to a much more satisfying and happy life.
And that’s “the rest of the story” (love Paul Harvey) and I hope that a little insight into my life helps you understand how great may show up in yours. Great, in my opinion, can be small steps or giant leaps but it all starts with the one thing that speaks true to your heart and soul.
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