One split second decision can change your life
We’re often reminded that life can change in a split second.
I’ve often said it when referring to unfortunate events, ie. Car accidents, etc…but rarely had I taken inventory of all the positive’s that also come out of spur of the moment decisions as well.
I’ve been reflecting on the many of my own positive outcomes due to making some split second decisions and how when I made them I never could have dreamed what lie in store.
Thinking back a few years ago (quite a few years ago to be honest ) I left a long time position as a catering manager/wedding planner at a local hotel.
I simply decided one night that if I continued to work the gruelling hours.. day in, day out… including every weekend, I would likely never have the opportunity to experience my “own” wedding… as I would be too busy working and spending my time planning everybody elses!
When I began to look for alternate employment I didn’t really have anything specific in mind except that whatever JOB I took had to have ‘reasonable’ hours (ie: 8-4pm or 9-5… with weekends OFF!).
I turned to the classified “help wanted ads” and called a few of them for interviews. Out of all the positions I applied for there were only one or two that really appealed to me. A couple of these positions however were not ‘ready’ to hire immediately but I was open to waiting for a while in any event.
Then, one afternoon, right out of the blue, I received a call from a company responding to a message I had left. (It was not a ‘call back’ from a previous interview, nor one of the jobs I was hoping to land). It was in fact one of those jobs that you simply ‘don’t care’ if you get it one way or the other.
Futhermore, I was asked if I could go in immediately for a meeting. I can remember asking myself if I really wanted to bother with it as to be honest, it didn’t sound appealing and frankly I had better things to do with my afternoon that day! (I BTW had earned the time off so I really wasn’t being lazy…just sayin…!)
I decided to suck it up and just go to to the interview anyway, regardless of not really ‘feeling like it’ at that particular moment..
The company was an industrial equipment company; not too enticing to be honest and the pay could have been a bit better.
One the upside however, the people were super nice and there was ample room for advancement as well as the opportunity to learn a few new skills.
I was offered the position on the spot.
In that split second I reflected on the jobs I would have ‘preferred’ from the previous interviews and even though… if truth be told, I would have rather waited to hopefully land one of those, instead for some peculiar reason I decided to accept the position right there.
Driving home I had mixed emotions to be honest because it really didn’t tickle my fancy the way I had envisioned this ‘new beginning’ might.
Little did I know, this would be a huge turning point for me so much that my life would be forever changed due to that spur of the moment decision.
A few weeks into my job, one of the technicians (who I thought was “a bit of alright” ) was called out of town on a job. As it happened, it was one of my responsibilities to book the flights and arrange all travel details for the company.
I had the opportunity to get to know him (casually) and learned that he grew up in my home town. Funnily I knew his mom and even a couple of his siblings (from a distance) and had even heard his name around town before, but never met him in person until starting this new job. (Our town is small too… so it’s a bit bizarre!)
Because he was to be away for a couple of weeks, I offered to take his car to his parents house (I knew where they lived) as it would be safer than it would parked in the parking lot in the ‘seedy-ish’ area where we worked. (There was a lot of crime at night in those parts)
He gratefully accepted my offer and handed me his keys.
That night I went home in my own car and asked my mom to drive me back out to work so I could retrieve his car and bring it back.
A few days later it was my birthday and when I got home from work, there on my doorstep were two dozen red roses from ‘this fellow’. He had somehow found out it was my birthday and ordered the roses to be delivered while he was working away.
Little did I know at the time that on his return I would accompany him on many dates and eventually become his wife!
Who knew? That a series of split second decisons (accepting the job was the start, and making the flirtatious offer to bring his car home) would have lead to marriage? It really wasn’t in my plans at all!
Obviously, I could go on about all the wonderful experiences I’ve enjoyed because of it.
For example, we actually started our own ‘industrial equipment company together and went into competition with our ‘old bosses’! luckly we remained friends with them (phew)… and we went on to do VERY well.
In fact we did well in many areas together… and course we were eventually blessed further with our two beautiful children.
Unfortunately we’ve both made choices that were not ideal, hence we divorced after 15 years of life together which is still difficult to deal with.
On the upside other new choices and actions have caused many new opportunities to surface all because in my opinion, I chose to focus on the positives and stay open minded to the new possibilities.
These moves were on the spot; I can remember distinctly scouring the internet for ‘ways to earn’ … and one fine evening finding my business opportunity and just knowing it was one of those opportunities I knew I couldn’t resist so in a millisecond jumped in head first.
I clearly remember pressing the submit button … and thinking “ok Jayne… make it happen kid!” …
…Little did I know then that this move would lead me in a number of different directions and down many paths I could have never imagined back then.
I also know that things might be very different if I didn’t make those choices to change my life when I did.
Since then I have not only learned a great deal about internet marketing, but also have trained many others who have chosen the same route.
Currently I am in the process of completing a book I’ve been writing that is to be part of a success series. I also went on to hire a coach and as a result a few months ago commenced building my coaching business as well and became a coach myself.
On the side, I have started a few niche sites and learned a great deal about affiliate marketing (and thoroughly enjoyed it).
Best of all I am so full of gratitude for the many long term relationships I have developed with wonderful friends from around the globe!.
I am blessed to be a stay at home mom and coach many other ladies who are either working towards or currently doing the same.
My point of sharing all of this is that none of it would have happened if I hadn’t made that split second decision to accept the job that I wasn’t initially crazy about!
Oh yes… there are many things I have done that I would have tweaked if I could… but there are also many changes for the better that have simply boiled down to choices I have made on the spot! The ones I have shared are just a small sampling!
If there are things you have always wanted to do, or if you are similar to the dozens of people I talk to each week who are overthinking getting started in a home business, I would encourage you to get clear on your goals and stop making excuses and get serious about success.
Approach the world with your eyes wide open and take it from me that one split second decision can change your life in ways you wouldn’t want to pass up as you never know what is around the next corner! Follow your gut and don’t
take yourself too seriously; just use common sense and live life to its fullest!