I am naturally drawn to people and stories about people who stepped out from their comfort zone and took a chance to live a life of meaning, fulfillment, and true happiness. Each story adds value to my “just do it” account. I make a withdraw from it each time I am presented with an opportunity to take a risk, to step out and see what I am truly made of. The stories I deposit into the account always leave me with a sense of “if they can, then I can too.”
The story of Lisa Condie’s life changing decision to move from Utah to Italy was one of my recent deposits. Within three months of arriving back home from a dream trip to Italy, Lisa sold her home and most of the items inside of it, walked away from her job as a Pilates teacher, said goodbye to her family and friends, AND found an apartment in Italy. Talk about just doing it!
In her article, Lisa shared three lessons she learned during her experience. If I may, I would like to offer up one that she might have forgotten to mention: the importance of making a decision and moving swiftly. Sometimes taking your time, weighing the pros and cons, and mulling over a big decision are necessary. Then there are those times when it’s just time to move! While reading, I expected Lisa’s life changing decision to be done over a course of at least a year. When I saw that it only took her three months to not only make the decision, but actually act on it, my jaw dropped. Through the years, I’ve learned that time is precious. I’ve also found that when it comes to making decisions, too much of it can be a very dangerous ingredient. Time allows for rethinking. Doubt. Detractors. Worst of all, it opens the door to inaction.
What are some lessons you’ve learned in making big decisions? What are some big travel decisions you’ve put on the back burner?
Read more about Lisa’s story and the lessons she learned from her life changing decision here.
Featured image taken from Better Way Moms.