Bill was so inspired he decided to volunteer his time to serve its mission. He looked for every opportunity to contribute his talents -- and didn't hold back any of his passion or energy. He even wrote a proposal showing how his contributions could support the organization's vision.
In just a short time, Bill began to feel a shift in his overall mood and energy. Although he was working more hours -- at his regular day job and with this organization at night -- he actually had more energy, and he felt more alive than he had in years.
Six months later, Bill was offered the job of his dreams. Finally, his desire to lead a more fulfilling life had won out. By having the courage to give up the familiarity of the past, Bill created a life for himself that he never dreamed possible.
Bill now begins each day with a sense of purpose and is energized and excited about his life.
How many of you are now saying to yourselves, "I'll have what he's having!"
There's an example in the West Virginia community that demonstrates this principle as well.
Larry Robertson, executive director of HospiceCare, came to his current position after a successful career in the corporate world. He was a well-respected chief financial officer and made many contributions to his former organization.
I'll never forget the gist of a comment he made to me one time, though, when I asked about his career change. His response definitely underscores the fulfillment he's getting every day by making a difference in people's lives: "During all the years I was in the corporate world, nobody ever gave me a hug for what I was doing."
That statement -- together with the expression on his face -- spoke volumes.
Making choices that propel us to a fulfilling future, even if it means giving up the comfort zones of our everyday lives at times, is well worth it. The good news is we can make course corrections at any time.
It doesn't have to be a wholesale change. In today's uncertain economy, it may seem daunting to make a 360-degree change. Bill's story can provide inspiration -- and proof -- that small steps taken repeatedly can add up to big changes.
It's our call to make, and we get lots of chances -- and choices -- every day!
Linda Arnold, M.A., MBA, is a certified wellness instructor, counselor and chairwoman/CEO of The Arnold Agency, a marketing communications firm with offices in West Virginia, Montana and Washington, D.C. Reader comments are welcome and may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 2530l, or emailed to livelifefu...@arnoldagency.com.