To blaze your own trail you have to stop being uncomfortable with uncertainty

For years I was uncomfortable with certainty. I had the certainty of a house, a car, a steady & comfortable income and a good career. Only thing was, in my career I often felt as though I was an actor in the wrong play. The fact that my heart wasn’t really in it didn’t really help.

Only when I had worked myself into a burnout and had taken stock of my life, did I find the courage to start thinking about leaving behind all that certainty to start pursuing something different.

At the time I didn’t know what that ‘different’ was, but I found that was okay. I could handle uncertainty.

When I decided to move to a different country I introduced even more uncertainty into my life.

  • I left behind a good income for an uncertain one that was undoubtedly going to be only a fraction of what I had been earning.
  • I left behind a pension fund with no possibility in the foreseeable future to start investing in a pension again.
  • I left behind friends and family to move to a place where I knew few if any people.
  • I left behind a good job as an interim manager still not knowing exactly how I was going to provide for myself.

However, I got plenty in return.

  • I live among mountains and feel totally at home there
  • I am a guide and coach living my passion
  • I have new friends who like me are passionate about mountains and living a free and independent life
  • I no longer feel boxed in. Instead I breath freely

I didn’t get the kind of certainty I described above. What I did get though was the certainty that I feel as though I have the starring role in the right play and that trumps all the uncertainty that comes with it!

Your turn! What certainties are keeping you tied to your career and/or the life you’re living? What uncertainties are stopping you from blazing your own trail? And why?  

Share your thoughts below and let me know. Be as specific as you can when you share your thoughts. Other people, Trailblazers like you, will be inspired by your ideas and actions.

As always…

Go dare greatly!

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2 Responses to “To blaze your own trail you have to stop being uncomfortable with uncertainty

  • Very inspiring and provides a lot of food for thought. Well done Gerdi!
    As a long-time journalist and now media coach and full-time mum, your words ring true!
    I have come to love the mountains near Jochberg – see you again on the slopes!
    Tristana Moore

    • Gerdi Verwoert
      3 years ago

      Thank you, Tristana! I look forward to hearing where your thinking process will lead you! We’ll definitely be seeing each other! Gerdi