One of the worlds top F1 drivers has just decided that it’s time for his life to change. I’ve just watched Sebastian Vettel’s resignation video. For me, it was a speech to learn from.
Success measures change
Despite having won four F1 World Championships, achieving goals that he could only have dreamed off once upon a time and despite still loving Formula One Sebastian has realised that there’s more to life; that he wants to spend time with his family, that he has new passions, new interests that he wishes to follow, and that those don’t always coincide with the world of Formula One.
In fact, F1 is clashing with many of his values now. So he’s made the decision to leave at the end of the season.
There are so many lessons that we can take from this recording.
- Standing by your values
- Moving on when the time is right
- Achieving goals doesn’t always bring long term joy or peace of mind
- Being one of the best means lots of sacrifices
Have you ever been in a situation that gives you financial security and the trappings of success but it doesn’t feel right to you? Maybe you aren’t spending enough time with friends and family, you know you are doing long term damage to your health, or perhaps you don’t agree with the way that things are being done.
Being brave enough to make the change and put yourself in a different situation isn’t easy. Change can bring with it a lot of fear but also a lot of excitement and it’s easy to concentrate on the former. Making a decision can feel like the risk of jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
It’s worth remembering that without trying new things we’ll never know. There’s a phrase that says it is better to regret things you’ve done than the things you haven’t.
Are you feeling trapped at the moment, in a place that doesn’t feel right for thisd part of your life? Maybe you don’t know where to start when looking to make the change. There’s no doubt that Sebastian will be financially secure after his F1 career and that, along with his fame, is going to make it a little easier to move on.
Remember that there are lots of people out there who can help you. Just start talking. Your friends and family may be even more scared of the potential for change than you are, and if that is the case you need somebody who is not directly affected by your choices.
Is it time for you to start discovering the possibilities? To talk about what could be, how you can minimise the risks and how you can be more at home in the life you are living? Get in touch if you’d like to explore what changes you could make, if it’s time to retire some elements of your life.
Remember to leave all the ‘shoulds’ behind and start living the life that you want to live now because it’s going to change again, and again, and again. The next time around though you’ll be more ready for it. You’ll know what it takes. Be that little bit braver, that little bit clearer about who you are and how you do things.