Have a Renaissance

Who knew? I certainly didn’t. A few months ago,  I thought I was over the hump of a long, very stressful career and actually seeing the finish line. And boy was I planning for it.

After 25 years of consistent success, everything seemed so predictable, I never expected anything to throw me off course. Well I was wrong.

My seemingly straightforward path was suddenly crossed and I was forced to make some career altering decisions. In less than 5 minutes, my very predictable future – and my security – shifted.

One of the daunting things in life is facing course-altering decisions. When they come, it’s like staring paralyzed at a giant wave charging towards you. And you can’t get out of the way.

You know you can stand there and get pummeled by its massive strength. You can duck and hope it washes over you.  Or you can dive right at it and come out on the other side.

The thing about waves, like life altering situations, are  you don’t have any control of what they are going to do. The wave and the situation are what they are. And most of the time, they won’t change their course.

So when you are facing a huge wave that’s going to change your life, what do you do?

Have a renaissance!

For me, getting to the other side of that wave was the best option. I didn’t want to fight that wave any longer than I had to. I wanted to make the most of the situation I faced.

I thought it’s time I worked in an entirely different industry, change my outlook on life, be healthier, and stay positive during this whole process.

Now don’t think that I didn’t doubt my situation or my ability to navigate these changes.

I really had to shake myself to say you need this and you will be better for it in the end.

It was liberating, exciting, and scary all at once but it was truly an experience I don’t regret.

Now here is the funny thing. Coming out on the other side of that wave helped me realize I don’t have to have a traumatic experience to enjoy a renaissance. I can alter my course whenever I like instead of waiting for it to “happen” to me.

After I came through the wave, I felt so much stronger and curious about life, I wanted more. Sort of like the satisfying rush you get from a rollercoaster ride.

For the first time, I truly understood I have more control over my life than I realized. I can create my own experiences and emotional state. I wasn’t going to be a passive spectator anymore.

If you haven’t had a renaissance in awhile, it may be time. Take a moment to really imagine and feel what type of renaissance you want to create for yourself. .

Where are you? What are you doing? How does it make you feel?

Whenever a nagging voice inside tries to limit you by saying you’ve never done it before, you don’t have time, you don’t have enough money, you’re too old, etc. tell it to zip it and keep imagining. You’re in control, not the nagging voice.

Taking charge of your life helps you feel alive and delivers experiences more amazing than you imagined.

Thanks to my initial renaissance, opportunities came forward that I never thought possible. Then one renaissance led to another. And they became more exciting each time. Now I’m living a healthier, happier life.

So what’s your renaissance?

If you recently had a renaissance or you are ready to embark on one, share it with us on our Facebook page.  You never know who you may inspire with your adventure.

Until next time….

Yours for living gracefully,

letter from Mike