I already changed my career once and I didn’t want to have to do it again. Yet there I was, after having invested a considerable amount of time and energy to establish myself as successful professional in tech sales, coming to another critical crossroad in my life.

I was in the midst of the worst burnout I’d ever experienced. This time it wasn’t something that I could just power through. I was injured. I couldn’t work a full day. I was diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury that was the result of overexerting myself in a very high stress environment.

On top of that I dreaded going to work each day. I was selling a product I had zero passion for and I was part of a sales org where only a few lucky people could ever hit their quarterly number. I was in despair. I thought I’d made it when I joined the ranks of one of silicon valley’s best and brightest tech companies. Only I’d never been more unhappy and unfulfilled.

I took a medical leave of absence for four weeks and at the end of it I quit my job and got ready to move to San Diego. After I got the injury it became clear to me that I needed to make a serious change if I wanted to get my life back on track. For the first time in my life I got serious about finding a career that would give me the best chance of finding lasting job satisfaction. I took inventory of what really mattered to me and what I was really good at. I also took seriously an idea that for years had only seemed like a fantasy. Based on my passion for psychology and personal development, my natural abilities for being able to help people work through personal challenges and my long time interest in coaching I decided that it was finally time to give it a go.

The only problem was that I was paralyzed by fear. What if I couldn’t do it? What if I failed to make it work? Was I really willing to throw away my sales career for something this risky? That’s when I met Jack. Jack is a life coach that was introduced to me by a Zen teacher I’d met at meditation retreat. Jack used to be a part of the Zen community so I figured at the very least he’d have some good Zen wisdom to pass on to me.

My coach ended up being a total life saver. Every week we would work through whatever the latest fear was that was preventing me from making progress in my plan to leave tech sales and start a coaching business. It wasn’t easy but he helped me come to peace with what it was that I was about to do. Changing your career can be a very scary thing to do and I couldn’t have done it without him.

After our three months together I was ready. I put in my notice, packed up my UHaul truck and drove down to San Diego to start my new life. It wasn’t easy in those early days but it didn’t matter. I was on my way. I put my head down and got to work. Thanks to Jack I was able to realize my dream of starting my own coaching practice and I couldn’t be happier that I did.

It’s been a year and a half since I worked with my coach and my life is completely different. The difference is like night and day. The debilitating stress and anxiety has been replaced with a peace and calm that previously I didn’t think was even possible. I’m eager to get to work on Monday mornings and my weeks fly by. I enjoy what I do every day and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

This is what I wish for you.

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