Why do we feel guilty when we finally realize we don't want to do something or don't like something?
I don't mean the inconsequential stuff. For example, I had to go home with acontinent's worth of macaroni and cheeseafter theAnnapolis HubSpot User Groupevent on Thursday night, because we ordered it for the group and no one ate it:
I love macaroni and cheese, but this is not a burden I ever wanted, and I have zero problem shouting that from the rooftops.(Seriously, someone come over and eat this. Please. I'm begging you.)
I'm talking about those Big Life Moments™ when we realize:
"Wow, I finally caught this thing I've been chasing after for so long, and I don't want it anymore."
"I thought I was passionate about what I'm doing, but I've changed. Now I'm not."
I was talking about this very topic earlier this week with a close friend who is going through a similar period of growth, and they said they felt guilty. As if their recent moment of clarity about what theydon'twant was somehow a shortcoming or failing on their part.
I think we've all felt that way in the past. Or, at least I have.
But I find that so unfair. Why is there such a chorus of triumph and support around finding your true passions, but there is such a distinct lack of fanfare for realizing what isn't right for you?
It doesn't make sense to me as you can only find true purpose and passion after breaking a few proverbial eggs. Plus, it takes a lot of strength and self-awareness for someone to say,"You know what? This isn't the right path. I need to change direction."
This doesn't have much to do with anything below, but it is a thought I've been carrying with me this week that I wanted to share with you, as it has almost universal application.We're bad at admitting when it's time to let things go; and not just in our personal lives.
Think about it.We cling to broken processes, outdated strategies, andold ways of doing business, because it's the way it's always been done, right? And, for some reason, letting go can feel like failure. When, in reality, admitting that it's time to move on can be themost freeing and exciting thing you'll ever do.
Anyway, let's get into it...
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