Cliché: You can never go home again
Explanation: 1. Once you make a big change in your life, like leaving your childhood house, things will not be the same.
In two years I has seen some major changes; a beautiful daughter, a Masters Degree, and a great deal of learning and career advancement. I have had the chance to grow and mature as a coach with only minor bumps along the road. But those are expected and they are a means to learning. But a week ago, I decided to go “home”.
Six years ago I left Manitoba and came to Alberta. I basically walked into the Talisman Centre and talked my way into a job, and remained there for 4 years. I loved working there but with the roof removal, I needed a change and the ability to develop as a coach. With a year and a half of renovations I knew that I was going to struggle. Although I didn’t want to leave I know that taking a position at Peak Power Sport Development was in fact a fabulous opportunity. And it was. Mike, my boss and Shawn are two of the smartest guys I know. I learned so much from them over the last two years.
But as you who read my posts can all tell, I have been searching for something the last six months. I could not put my finger on it but Mike did a great job of pin pointing it. He said, “You a searching for the perfect position and you will not settle until that comes, or you are sitting at that desk.” Two weeks ago a call came. It was from the Talisman (I kept in touch with everyone there as it really is like a family), and they asked if I would be interested in coming back. After some long deliberation I have decided to return to the place where it all started, I am going home. But that is only half of the story, because it is not as though I wanted to leave Peak Power. I loved my job there as well. So that is where the decision was made tough. But in talking with Mike and arranging a schedule, I have decided to become a contractor. I will be maintaining my client at Peak Power (as many of them are day time) and training my clients at Talisman Centre during the afternoons and evenings. My home base will be Talisman Centre. I am able to remain with the Canadian Cross Country team and remain teaching at the University of Calgary. Is my schedule going to be busy, yes! But I am really excited. TC has given me the opportunity to expand my abilities and have placed upon me some very exciting challenges.
Right now, I am happier and more excited than I have been in quite some time. I feel like I have the world in front of me again and the possibilities are endless. I also feel like this “company” called Deliberate Performance is coming to fruition, slowly but surely. The only quote that I can find that accurately sums up my situation right now is from one of the greatest visionaries of the past century and the world’s greatest loss with his recent passing, Steve Jobs.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” (Steve Jobs, 2005)
Yours in Health and Performance
Jeff Osadec, MKin, CE