Taking the Leap

So I’ve done something either very foolish or very smart.  I’ve mentioned many times that I’ve been searching for a new job for most of the last year.  My hours were cut to 30/week in February and the job has no benefits.  Not only was it no longer financially feasible to stay, but in many ways I had grown out of the job.

So just before Thanksgiving, I gave my notice.  My job ends as of March 1, 2012.

And I don’t have another job lined up. See? Either very foolish or very smart.

I’m an ISTJ.  We are not known for relying on our intuition, preferring facts and logic above all else.  And fact would tell me that even a low-paying job with no benefits is better than no job at all. But something about leaving now just felt right.  It was difficult for me to believe in that feeling, but I finally took the leap.

I know what I want to do: provide consultation to small and mid-sized museums on their online strategies — web sites, social media, e-newsletters, etc. (Know one? Send them to my  business web site!)  It’s risky, to be sure.  I don’t have any clients at the moment.  And small museums are usually short on money and may not be able to pay me for what I can do.  But I have great contacts, a good reputation and a lot of skill; and what I don’t know I learn quickly.

In the past, I would have kept this dream of mine secret, too afraid to say it loud and definitely too afraid to share it with anyone; too afraid of being judged not capable of running my own business or for choosing an industry that isn’t exactly overflowing with money.

Right now, I’m telling everyone I know what I want to do (hello, Internet!).  And every time I tell someone, I feel just a bit stronger, just a bit more confident.  I’m throwing my dream out into the universe to see what comes back.

Who knows what will happen?  It’s easy to think it will end poorly.  And it takes a bit of work to think it will end well.  I’m choosing the latter.

My Three Words for 2011

Apparently, it’s Chris Brogan week here at The Confident Introvert.  Honestly, the last post was happenstance.  This post I’ve been thinking about for awhile.

Each year, Chris chooses three words to live by instead of making resolutions.  I really like that idea, and I’ve been thinking about my three words for 2011 for a few months now.  The three words are backed up with a plan that has SMART goals; SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.

I haven’t quite got to the plan part yet, but I have chosen my three words for 2011.

Mindful – Or maybe intentional is a better word.  I just feel that many of my actions over the last few years have been kind of random, not really building toward anything in particular.  And that’s starting to bother me.  I want to be more mindful of all the decisions I make.  What I eat, how I spend my time, what goals I’m working toward.

Forward – No more maintaining the status quo; no more doing things just because I’ve done them before and they are comfortable.  The actions I take in 2011 will all be focused on specific goals that get me the things I want.

Bold –  There’s a quote I heard several years ago that still inspires me:  Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.  (Source)

This will be the toughest one for me, and I’m not quite sure yet how it’s going to manifest itself.  Yes, I am a confident introvert, but there are still plenty of things that make me feel uncomfortable.  And no one in my life has ever called me or anything I’ve done bold.  But it’s always good to have to stretch for something.  I’m going to stretch for being bold.

Now, I need to work on my plan, keeping these three words in mind.

What are your three words for 2011?