When a New Door Opens…

Something was in the air – totally unexpected and unplanned! Most definitely a new door had opened up in front of me… Very scary, very tempting and very much pushing past the comfort zone... What should I do? What would you do?

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Love is in the air everywhere I look around
Love is in the air every sight and every sound
And I don’t know if I’m being foolish
Don’t know if I’m being wise
But it’s something that I must believe in…….

Well for me, not love but something was in the air – totally unexpected and unplanned!

Most definitely a new door had opened up in front of me… Very scary, very tempting and very much pushing past the comfort zone – but such fun!

Not only could I step through and perhaps claim that mesmerising word ‘opportunity’ but also I could totally change my way of working and do some new things that I would love to do… I just needed to take that step – you can imagine me gently edging my foot forward toe by toe to test the waters or shall I just jump in and see what zest and opportunity that brings me? The pull of excitement and discovery is very strong – ever the rebel!

In business I love new doors opening, such an opportunity for new experiences, new directions, new discoveries. The last time that happened was when I moved into training and coaching from my previous business, selling and renovating country properties, hotels, castles and such like.

I had moved countries, financial crisis was biting and the new country’s real estate sales were static in the extreme as well as having a horrible, pushy, hard-sell attitude to potential buyers, something I am totally against. Buying property is the biggest investment of most people’s lives, they need to have objective support, realistic descriptions and no pushing! Sorry, that soapbox is for another day 

Back to the opening door – Someone asked me would I help them understand how best to approach a new international client they had as they didn’t know the culture, mindset and way of working of the other country…

My help was much appreciated and recommended to other colleagues and, as they say, the rest is history!

It felt very strange to me at the beginning as I had to change my own internal identity. I have always seen myself as creative and still do. I was very passionate and fulfilled by renovating and designing, slightly less so by actual sales as selling isn’t my thing but I loved the houses and I liked the clients so it wasn’t really ‘selling’ more like helping them choose and design the house that was best for them.

My discomfort with this new door came because I couldn’t believe people wanted to pay me for knowledge I had that, to me, was nothing special because I used it all the time. For me it was a basic part of my working life (I have always worked internationally) and a necessity for my job so I just hadn’t thought about any of it as business skills.

When a new door opens for you how do you react? Do you even see it? Are you like me and don’t really think of it as a door because you don’t realise just what good skills you have in certain fields?

Have a think about the last 10 years of your life. What doors have opened that you didn’t even notice at the time? What ones did you see and step through? How excited and energised did you feel by them (probably with some trepidation too)?

What new doors can you find opening up for you now?

“Listen; there’s a hell of a good universe next door: let’s go” E E Cummings

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