Times of changes: give yourself a chance

Have you ever wondered if you are in the right place doing what you are supposed to be doing? Sometimes we get those “what ifs” like what if I changed my job or what if I moved to another city, but we remain doing nothing about it. But why? The main reason is that we are afraid of taking risks since we don’t know what the outcomes may be. We fear the unknown.  So, we tend to keep our ten-year job because we feel safe doing it. We know our duties, we are familiar with all the procedures, with the staff, and even with the problems and annoyances that arise from working there.

There is nothing wrong in keeping a job for 10, 15 or even 20 years if we really love what we do, if we are truly happy in that environment we call work.  However, if we feel frustrated, dissatisfied, bored, and we really wish things were different, it is time to step out of our comfort zone and take a chance for ourselves.

I’m almost positive that deep down we all know what we would like to be doing or at least what other things we would like to try. We all more or less have an idea of what we are passionate about, but we don’t dare to unbury our passions and inner desires because we are too scared of failing and losing everything.  In order to overcome our fears, it is essential that we have faith in ourselves. We have to believe that we have the potential, the skills and whatever it takes to succeed in what is going to become our next new adventure. It doesn’t matter if everyone around us keeps telling us “Hey, you can do it” or “You would be so good at this” if we don’t believe that ourselves.  Are we that inept or incompetent that we can’t get anything better? Is the place where we are now the highest mountain we could ever climb? Of course not. There are higher mountains to be climbed and we have the tools to conquer them.

Another important aspect of changes is that is not enough to wish for  something new to happen, but we also need to be looking for opportunities and be ready when they knock at our doors.  Sitting on a couch won’t lead us anywhere.  We should keep ourselves up to date getting all the necessary and latest information about the new field we want to explore, and we’d better brush up on our German if we are planning on becoming the new Marketing Designer at BMW.

It’s not easy to embrace change and start over but we need to remember that we are not alone. There are people around us ready to give us a hand in case we start trembling or think we may fall. And even if we don’t succeed at the first attempt, we should not give up, ever.  Steve Jobs once said, “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” And, indeed, we shall never settle.

VOCABULARY

1. outcome (n): the result or effect of an action, situation, etc   Ex: It’s difficult to predict the outcome of the meeting.

2. annoyance (n): something that makes you slightly angry  Ex: Traffic was one of the greatest annoyances that I found in the city.

3.arise (out of/from) (v): to happen as a result of a particular situation  Ex: Health problems can arise from bad eating habits.

4. comfort zone (n): a situation or position in which a person feels secure, comfortable, or in control  Ex: Staying in our comfort zone can be very limiting.

5.deep down (ex): if you know something deep down, you know your true feelings about it, although you may not admit them to yourself Ex: Deep down she was still in love with Jack.

6. dare (v): to be brave enough to do something difficult or dangerous   Ex: Do you dare to  tell him the news?

7. unbury (v): remove from the ground. (Fig) uncover, reveal   Ex: This is not a good time to unbury the past. Let’s move on.

8. overcome (v): to defeat or succeed in controlling or dealing with something    Ex: She finally managed to overcome her shyness and went to the graduation party.

9.lead (v): take somebody somewhere     Ex: The waiter led us to our table.

10. brush up on sth(v): to quickly improve a skill, especially when you have not used it for a time.    Ex: I need to brush up on my Italian before going to Rome.

11. embrace (v): to accept something enthusiastically   Ex: He rapidly embraced the idea of hiring two more assistants.

12. tremble (v): to shake in a way that you cannot control, usually because you are very nervous, excited, scared, cold, etc. To feel fear or anxiety.  Ex: I trembled at the thought of having to make a speech.

13. settle (v): to become quiet and calm    Ex: You need to improve yourself, do better, never settle.

Do you love what you do? What are your dreams? What’s the most life changing experience you’ve ever had?

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Gerunds

Working with gerunds can be a bit confusing since many people think that gerunds are present continuous, both use the present participle (also known as the –ing form of the verb) but  the truth  is that while the present continuous is used to talk about actions in progress, the gerunds are used in many ways. If you remember these tips, you won’t have any problems.

*As a subject

Working as a teacher is a rewarding experience.

Exercising helps to release stress.

*After some verbs (enjoy, mind, dislike, hate, etc.) 

I like playing the guitar.

I hate eating pasta.

*After the verb to be (to indicate activities)

The main activity in the company is making toys.

The only thing he likes to do is sleeping.

*After prepositions (for, with, of, on, in, about, from, etc.)

I’m really interested in learning English

He is thinking about moving out. 

*After adjectives

Chronic snoring is detected in overweight people.

Brazilian dancing has become very popular.

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