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Changing the Course of Your Life

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excavator in river
Close your eyes for a moment and think about what you most want for your life.  Did you picture a different place to live, a different job, or more time and freedom to do what you want?  Then the next logical question is, what are you willing to sacrifice in order to have that?

Now most people equate sacrifice with tangible things like downsizing their home, getting a less expensive car, or eating out less in order to save more money. While each of those things certainly have the ability to make a difference, I consider those stones, even pebbles; and what I’m talking about are – BOULDERS.

If you are going to change the direction of a stream, you can’t do it by throwing in a few rocks.  If you are going to make a change… real change, you need to consider what it will take to change the direction that your river is currently flowing.  The more amount of time you have spent making the same decisions by going to that same job, hanging out with the same people and thinking the same thought, the more effort it is going to take disrupt that water flow in a significant way.  Yes, that means some of us will need an excavator!

Risk vs. Sacrifice

We have all heard that the amount of risk you are willing to take is in direct proportion to the amount of success you will likely obtain.  However, earlier I intentionally asked, “What are you willing to sacrifice?” instead of using the word risk. Before we go any further let’s take a moment to define the framework around decision making.  There is a HUGE difference psychologically and energetically between the words risk and sacrifice.  So that we are all on the same page (otherwise the rest of this will make no sense) here is the difference:

Risk: the possibility of loss or injury, and my favorite; risk is the potential of losing something of value.

Sacrifice: the act of giving up something that you want to keep, especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone.

In a nutshell, risk is really just about loss, where sacrifice focuses on what you would give up in order for something greater.  That being said, consider whether or not you would sacrifice your need for security, for knowing the outcome, and for staying in your comfort zone.  These are the boulders that will change the direction of your life.  If you had the ability to give that up, surrendering the need to control and have the faith and courage to truly follow your heart – how different could your life be?

Is the risk greater in pursuing your dreams
or living your entire life knowing that you didn’t?

For those of you who know me or have followed my writing for any amount of time, know I do not give advice or make any recommendation that I am not willing to do myself.  Thus, I have thought long and hard over the last few weeks about this topic more than any other.

A couple of weeks ago I quit my job without having the next step in the bag.  I put my house up for sale in Seattle and contemplated moving to locations spanning from California to Vermont.  I’m now on a flight to San Francisco, which is where my next chapter will begin.  The next time you hear from me, there will be more details as to exactly what that looks like – but for now suffice it to say, when you are willing to let go and believe that when you follow your heart and pursue your passion, the Universe will show up with the people, the resources, and guidance you need.  If you can shift your thinking from risk taking (which most people are adverse to anyway) to sacrificing the very things that are holding you back, you would find you have the ability to redirect your river into any direction you would like.

With River Changing Gratitude,

Michelle Dutro


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