I had a client last week who was uncertain about a career change that she wanted to make.
She had been fascinated by real estate for years and had earned her accreditation, but still wasn’t sure if it was the right decision.
She still had a few questions:
“What if I can’t do it?”
“What if I don’t like it?”
“What if no-one gives me a chance?”
She was unsure about the future and wanted certainty before she took the next step.
So I asked her to imagine a deep swimming pool.
She may be unsure about the temperature in the middle.
She may be unsure if she could swim.
She may be unsure if she would even enjoy swimming.
She could dip her toe in at the edge, but that alone won’t fully answer the questions that she has.
She needs to jump in.
She needs to immerse herself.
Then, and only then, will her questions be answered.
The only way to become certain about the future is to experience it.
In doing so, she may realise that she hates working in real estate. At least she knows it and doesn’t have to wonder for the rest of her working life.
She may find it difficult to get her first opportunity, but by giving it a go, she has a chance to gain valuable feedback, learn from the experience, keep honing her skills and find out what she needs to do get a break in the industry.
Of course, she may become a great real estate agent and find that she absolutely loves it. What a great outcome that would be!
But she won’t know until she tries.
If you’re uncertain about the next step of your life, you can ask a lot of questions and do a lot of research, but never be certain until you jump right in.