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I’m Starting Over and It’s OK

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Change, Coaching, Uncategorized | 3 comments

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ID-10079626A couple of weeks ago I decided to get a consultation on my hair. See, I have natural hair and I haven’t been on the creamy crack in years. The problem is I had severe breakage to the point that I could only wear my hair in a bun. Well it was time for a change. So I walked into Jody’s shop to see what could be done. And Jody was honest. She gave me several options and told me that she was not comfortable with trying certain hair styles due to breakage. I opted for the “Big Chop.” She gave me a chance to back out, but I knew that this was the best option. So I sucked it up, put my big girl panties on, and watched as my hair fell in clumps to the ground.

But there is a bigger lesson in all of this. Sometimes, you have to make drastic changes to experience growth. Whether you have to start over with your business or in relationships you have to have the courage to make the “Big Chop” in certain situations. Sometimes your business model isn’t working. Sometimes it’s just a bad relationship, no matter how are you try to fight through the difficulties. At some point to have to have the courage to say enough is enough.

I get it, change can be scary. But you don’t have to go through it alone. When I decided to make changes regarding my hair, I didn’t immediately get out a razor and shave away. I went and got a professional option first. The same can be said for business. If you suspect something isn’t working, or you aren’t quite sure how to change, seek help. Not sure what to do about a relationship, seek objective counsel. There is no shame in getting help. There is foolish in doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. The point is sometimes you have to start over, and that’s OK.


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  1. Vernetta R Freeney

    Love the analogy. Change is scary but sometimes the doors open wider when you make that change.

  2. Nadine Herring

    Excellent post Sharlotte! I’ve done the big chop 4 times in the past three years that I have been natural and loved it each time. Now I plan on growing my hair out for a while because I want a change and I also want to see if I can do it since I don’t usually like log hair.

    Change is good whether in life or in business and it is always good to shake things up once in a while, if nothing else to get a different perspective on things.

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