Having the Courage to Walk Away– #TheGiftOfGoodbye


Friends, I want to thank Tracy Washington, my dear friend, and fellow John C. Maxwell Team member for birthing the idea for this blog within me. You see Tracy and I were having a discussion on the courage that is required when an individual is in a situation that they need to walk away from. There will be times that we may find ourselves in situations involving people, places and things that no longer serve any positive purpose in our lives. During our conversation, Tracy, mentioned a T.D Jakes sermon she once heard on the topic of having the gift of goodbye. Afterwards,  I began processing my thoughts on being able to walk away, and I realized the ability to say goodbye really is a gift. 

Why is it a gift? I’m so glad you asked! Friends, there are many people in situations in which they want to say goodbye, but they can’t do it. They dream about saying goodbye, they hope the day will arrive they can say goodbye, they become depressed because they so desperately wish they could say goodbye, but they lack the courage to do so out of fear.

You may be wondering, how does a Professional Certified Transformation Coach, like Sharon D. Meadows know so much about the fear of saying goodbye. I’ll tell you how. I have been one of these people and I have experienced the fear of saying goodbye first hand.

May I share a personal experience with you? In February 2007, I took an opportunity at a global Investment Firm in Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX. I was super excited. Initially, the company was looking for a contractor, but after meeting with the Management team, I was offered a full-time permanent “sentence”………I mean “position”……

Friends, I realized very quickly that I didn’t fit within this organization, but guess what I was determined to make it work anyway. But no matter how hard I tried, I just didn’t fit. As a matter of fact it was like putting a square peg in a round hole. You know when you try to combine two things that don’t fit nor do they belong together.

But I kept trying and trying because I didn’t want the “regret” of making a wrong decision of leaving too soon. I wanted to make sure I had exhausted all possibilities before I said goodbye. You see friends, I had high hopes for being a part of the team, but the team didn’t have high hopes for me. So after spending a “hellish” year under the direction of someone that feared my spirit of excellence, I was able to escape. Where did I escape too, more hell and an even more insecure boss, than the one I left behind.

Each day began to take a toll on me. You see friends, your friend, Sharon D. Meadows is very ambitious with a lot of energy and I take pride in effectively getting things done. And the ability to be a top performer on the team was stripped from me because of  an insecure boss. I was reporting to a Manager that feared that if I shined it would spot-light his incompetence and his inability to effectively get things done. So what did he do? He wouldn’t give me any assignments and when he did, he would make sure they were insignificant. You know the types of assignments that have so little importance that if it didn’t get done, who would even care? No one…..

So after the final year of giving it one last try, I mustered up the courage to walk away and I said goodbye and I never looked back! I’m so glad I did. I now work for myself, and I am a thriving top performer, once again!  It took courage to say goodbye, but when you believe in yourself the only way to move closer to your purpose and destiny is to take the first step. #CourageToWalkAway

Ask yourself are you allowing fear to keep you in a situation that you need to walk away from? #GiftOfGoodbye

Sharon D. Meadows is a Certified Professional Transformation Coach and the Author of the Amazon Best – Seller, Journey to A New You—A Transformational Guide to Discovering Your Inner Strengths!

Please connect with Sharon, to ask her what’s the next step to get you on the Journey to a New You, Contact Me! #LetsTalk

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Posted on August 1st, by sdmeadows in Coaching.

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