What stands between you and the life you want?


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A few years ago, I sat on my bed freaking out. Could I really do this? Was I really qualified? I didn’t have the proper credentials. Who did I think I was?

What were people going to think of me? My friends were probably going to lose respect for me. What a stupid idea.

My chest and throat felt tight. My breath was shallow. I lay back and covered my eyes. What could I do?

I had started working on an online course on courage months before. I had come up with a structure. I had made one of the videos.

My sister and I had worked on a flyer. People had registered. And there was still work to do on the course. I needed to test the video I had made. There was another video to make and there were emails to explain the course to write.

The course was a week away and suddenly I was having big doubts. The gremlin voices were telling me how stupid was for coming up with this idea. I couldn’t do the work I needed to do.

I took a deep breath as I lay in my bed. A little voice inside me said, “Take a break. You still have a week to do all the rest of the work. Call a friend and do something fun. Watch a funny movie. Take a break.”

I took another deep breath. I could do that. I called a friend and did something fun. I watch Netflix and laughed. I didn’t try to finish the work.

And then five or so days later, I was ready to return to the project. The gremlin voices were still around but they were quieter. I dove in and completed what I needed to do.

A couple of weeks later, I was doing a follow up call with one of the participants. We were talking about her experience of the course and what I could do to improve it. It was fun and interesting idea brainstorm. I left the call energized.  I loved this work!

Why is it the gremlin voices come out the strongest when it’s something we care deeply about? And how do we stop them from stopping us?

There have been 1000 times that I have listened to the gremlins and taken the safer path. Sometimes they come to me during the day, sometimes they take over in the middle of the night, sometimes they take over my life.

This one time I overcame them and got to run something I cared deeply about. Gremlin voices stand between me and the life I want.

What stands between you and the life you want?

Do you want to:

  • Make decisions easily?
  • Stop feeling so drained?
  • Have more time for what you love?

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Take care of yourself!!

Bryn Bamber
Career Burnout Coach
The Courage Compass

Author: Bryn Bamber

I work with big hearted people who want to make a positive impact in the world. The only problem is: -Your career isn’t working -You wake up some days and don’t want to get out of bed -You’re stressed about paying the bills Career Coaching in the Forest teaches you how to make small shifts that will free up tons of energy for the things you really love. A life where you wake up to feeling a sense of purpose and easily pay the bills. I teach you how to approach making a career change in a way that is fun, easy and gets results :). I have over a decade of experience in the field of education and during my four years at an educational non-profit I hired enough contract staff to know what employers want and DON’T WANT in the job application process. So why did I start this? When I was 24, I was overwhelmed by my job working with vulnerable youth and fell apart. I moved to a yoga centre for 2 years to put myself back together. There I figured out what I was messing up at work and became a yoga and meditation teacher. Career Coaching in the Forest will help you to see the mistakes you’re making without having to move to a yoga centre! And use meditative practices to help you see where you need to go. I know exactly what it feels when something’s not right in your career and now I love helping others to make changes so their lives can become full of meaning and purpose again and so that you can make lots money too ;). Start today: get my Free Resource: Land Your Dream Job Checklist here - tinyurl.com/dreamjobchecklist And above all else, please go for your dreams. Your life has meaning. You are here for reason. Find out what it is and when you do put all you that you got towards it! Talk soon! Bryn To learn more go to www.couragecompass.org

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