We, as women, never think we can take a risk. It is always about our families, managers and that our partners are looked after, nourished and secure. We forget that we must fill our vessels. Let’s be honest, it is scary to take that leap of faith. But imagine the possibilities?
Take a few minutes to really think of what could happen if you get out of your comfort zone and push your own limits?!
I was at a crossroads as my children were little and in daycare. I have written a couple of previous blogs about my decision-making process to become an entrepreneur and how my dedication to my family was the precipitous to making this decision. The thing that I only brushed over was the complete and absolute fear I had of FAILURE. A million voices ran through my head about what I should do and what I needed to do.
It would have been very easy and comfortable for me maintain a six-figure management level HR job and continue in the rat race of life. Running from home to work to daycare and back. I could be like so many Moms and rush through moments with my kids because things need to get done. I could focus on the money and the lifestyle that it brought our family. I could continue to make someone else’s business successful and I could move up the Corporate ladder. All the coulds did amount to internal fulfillment. It left me empty and yearning for more for myself and for my family! But the fear at times was so crippling that I tried to quiet the voice. It was when people would ask me what I was going to do after my maternity leave with my second child was done in the summer of 2014 and how maybe I could consult on a few projects, that it hit me! People actually wanted my advice and support. Me. Sherri Rabinovitch. Really?
All the self-doubt and hate-talk that played in me head like a recording since high school slowly started to mute.
If I really did get outside of my comfort zone what would the business look like? I knew that traditional HR work was not my fit any longer but I could advise businesses on best practices and offer insight that was unique and innovative. It was also possible that I could share my story with other women, moms, and be an example and through my practice and shared experience other women could find alternatives to what they believed was their only option.
Each day that passed once I decided to forge ahead, negative self-talk and all it became easier for me to move past the fear. I took on clients, communicated with others in the same business space as I and screamed from all the rooftops that I was Open For Business, The People Guru™ was a reality. Over the next few months I aligned my business with a former colleague in Toronto and took on their clients. It was all moving along and it became easier to accept that I had something to offer!
Today, as things stand I am even more passionate about the work that I do. The risk to break out of the comfort zone has created huge dividends.
It has lead to appearances on Breakfast Television’s “Mom Talk” and Global Morning News, CJAD with WiseWomenCanada & future media opportunities. There are still times when the insecurities creep up and my head plays tricks on me but I have the tools and proof that my decision was the right one.
If there is a lesson that I would love to share with all other moms/women/risk-adverse folks out there it is this: take the plunge and know that pushing, working hard, believing in what you have to offer will pay off! I am living proof that it can be done. I’ll always be here to cheer you on!
IF you would like to learn more about what you, as wise women can do to also take a leap of faith in the next step of your professional life, please join me for an exciting and interactive workshop:
ALL THE THINGS YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WORK AFTER BABY
Wednesday, May 24th from 7-9pm; Provigo, Le Marché Pierrefonds, 4849 boul. St-Jean, Pierrefonds QC H9H 2A9. It is $40 for the workshop.
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