What Do I Want To Do With My Life
Updated: Mar 28, 2019
Thinking of leaving corporate?
I did. It was one of the best, and most terrifying, decisions I’ve ever made. For the first six months after leaving my job, I felt like I had flung myself into an abyss and was just falling, falling, falling.
My job had been a significant part of my core identity for 20 years. Psychologically, it was a big thing to let go of. And the even bigger challenge, was facing all the questions that started to show up when I allowed myself the time and space for those questions. Now that I’m not a consultant to the financial services industry, who am I? What is my purpose in my life? What brings me joy?
I have no regrets about leaving corporate. I am clear that my choice was in alignment with my soul’s path. I see myself continue to evolve in ways that wouldn’t have been possible if I had stayed.
If you are thinking of leaving corporate, see below for three things I recommend you consider doing before taking the plunge.
#1 – Surround yourself with people doing something different.
Here are some things I’ve seen people pursue after leaving corporate: Opening a bakery. Leadership training with horses. Teaching English as a second language.
What is it that you want to do? Don’t get bogged down with having the perfect answer to that question. Just pick something you are drawn to and find other people who are doing it. Spend time with them, observe, ask questions. Can you imagine yourself in their shoes? Does it appeal to you?
I joined a group of international women entrepreneurs. For months I observed them. I listened to these women tell their stories. I watched them build and grow their businesses, experience financial success, and live life on their own terms. At that time, corporate was all I knew, and it was life changing for me to see real people succeeding on a different path. My eyes were opened to a whole new world of possibility. Because it was possible for them, I began to believe it was possible for me, too.
#2 – Have an honest conversation with yourself.
How much do you really want to change your life? Thinking about changing, and actually changing, are two very different things. Change can be wildly scary and uncomfortable, even for those of us who are unusually open to it.
The good news is that change is possible. You can re-invent yourself. You can begin again. You can live life on your own terms. No matter what your circumstances are, it’s possible. People are doing it. I did it.
The question you need to ask yourself is the following: “Do I want the change badly enough to endure the uncomfortable feelings associated with change?”
In my case, the answer was a definite yes. Working in corporate was clearly no longer in alignment with my soul’s path, and I had been living out of alignment for far too long. I was at a point in my life where not changing was actually more uncomfortable than changing.
#3 – Recognize that the grass is greener on the other side.
By which I mean, when you are in alignment with your soul’s path, it is clear where you are meant to be.
In my opinion there is no magic bullet solution to making money that is 100% effortless. Even winning the lottery requires you to go to the corner store and buy a ticket. Just like being in corporate, being an entrepreneur also has its ups and downs. But the two paths are distinctly different, with different trade-offs, sacrifices, and benefits.
I’ve witnessed many people leave corporate, go into business for themselves, and then return to corporate. It’s important to know there is nothing wrong with this path. If your place is in corporate, it’s good to know that. And if it takes you leaving corporate to figure that out, then that’s what it takes.
For me, being an entrepreneur isn’t a full-time walk in the park, but the grass is greener. It’s right for me because it’s in alignment with who I am at my core. As a certified intuitive coach, I’m living my life purpose. I spend my days doing things that are deeply meaningful to me. I experience my business as calling forth my own personal evolution. I’m continually facing and overcoming my fears, discovering more about who I am, and finding new ways to connect and be of service. This stuff isn’t always easy, but it is in alignment with my core values as a human being.
About the Author
Diana Calvo is a certified coach who helps people get unstuck and transform their day-to-day experience of work and life. After 20 years successfully climbing the corporate ladder, Diana experienced her own journey of healing and awakening. She discovered her true calling to guide others on their journey out of suffering and into a life of purpose and joy. Diana left the corporate world to start her own coaching business. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her dog Joey and a beautiful view of the mountains. She works with clients across the globe.