The other day, I shared in one of my posts that where I am now isn’t really where I planned to be. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve really shared my plans to anyone back then, except to my husband, my coach and a few friends. 

Looking back now, it’s as if I went on a news blackout. 

And it happened (or should I say, I made it happen) for so many reasons. One of those reasons is….

“What if I fail?”

In my mind, I could already hear the chit chat of former colleagues, relatives, former schoolmates saying, “Kurly went into coaching, haha, seriously?” or “Why did she even leave the comfortable job she already had, look where she is right now! Sayang!” or “I wonder if she’s actually making money now?”

(And believe me, there were some who actually said this to my face!)

And I know it’s not just me. When I talk to my clients who are transitioning in their careers, I feel, I sense, I hear the fear of failure creating a huge barrier between them and what lies ahead. And I know, because I’ve been there, this barrier is not something that is easy to break down. 

To you who are thinking at the back of your mind, “What if I fail?” I pray you find the courage to try and pursue what you are called to do. Yes, you will fail along the way. Yes, people will talk about you along the way. Yes, you will make mistakes and you will have to take some risks. 

But there is no greater reward in the end than saying, “By God’s grace, I did it.”

We all fail. But it is those who fail forward, and turn the losses into lessons, their failures into faith, who move forward and carry on.