The only thing that is constant is change
Those of you who know a bit about my travel plans before leaving might be a bit surprised why I ended up in Chile. And I have to admit, I still can’t quite believe it myself. A couple of weeks ago, I would have said I’d be in Vietnam right now. Yes, South America has fascinated me forever and I’ve wanted to come here for a long time. But if it wasn’t for a once in a lifetime opportunity, I am sure this would have stayed a dream for some more years.
This amazing opportunity is The Nomad MBA. 30 hand-picked individuals, young professionals, coming together for three months exploring the continent. We will spend one month each in Valparaíso, Chile, Cusco, Peru and Medellín, Colombia. During this time we will complete a premium online course, either Digital Marketing, Programming or UX Design. I chose the first option, simply because I believe marketing is such an essential part of almost every career these days.
But we will also focus a lot on personal growth. Be it through workshops, learning from everyone else on the tribe or simply by pushing us out of our comfort zones. Personally, I am even more excited for this part. And I can’t even begin to imagine all the ways the next three months will change me.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
I stumbled across The Nomad MBA back in January on Instagram. After a look at their website, I was sold immediately. It took 150 words about why I wanted to be part of this. Then I got an invite to fill out a more thorough application. That shouldn’t have been too hard. I knew I wanted this so badly plus I’d always been good with words. But somehow, I kept putting it off. I found more and more reasons not to do it. What do I possibly have to offer? I am not interesting enough. Special enough. Good enough. What are the chances of even getting in? Do I really want to spend all that money? This went on for nearly two weeks. Up to that point where I had several emails in my inbox, asking me to finish my application or they would give my space to someone else.
And I told them to do just that. When I woke up the next morning, I couldn’t believe how stupid I had been. I fired up my laptop and send them another email saying that I’d changed my mind and would love to finish that application – if still possible. Poor Harry who had to handle all my indecisiveness. 😀 That whole process was a typical case of sabotaging myself. And we humans are prone to do that. I am sure almost everyone knows that nagging voice inside keeping you from doing what you actually want. Researchers call that our ego, which is happiest when everything stays the same. Hence it keeps you from changing, even if that change would be for the better. It simply hates the uncertainty that comes with it.
One of the ego’s favourite paths of resistance is to fill you with doubt
So if you are feeling resistance towards anything, that’s a sign that you actually need to lean into it and push through your resistance. Because almost always, there’s going to be a gift on the other side. And the bigger the resistance, the bigger the gift. It’s all about leaving that comfort zone, right?
I was rewarded for pushing through my initial resistance by being invited to a Skype interview with one of the co-founders of the program. That freaked me out even more. I hate phone calls and being in videos. Should be no surprise that I’d never used Skype before. I set up a test-run with one of my former flatmates to get used to the technology. The actual interview wasn’t half bad and even turned out to be a lot of fun. And then I had to wait.
I tried not to get my hopes up too much though. Since by then, they had received more than 5.000 applications for the 30 spots. The liberating phone call came on a Tuesday while I was in Queenstown, New Zealand. I couldn’t actually believe that I made it. It still feels surreal, even all these weeks later. And today, we’re finally getting started! 🙂
Sometimes it takes a leap of faith to find out who you really are
I also feel so grateful to have this opportunity. I know what a privilege it is and I want to make the most of it. So, I decided to set some intentions for the next three months. To write down what I expect to take away from this unique experience:
Have a clear vision for my future career
I think this one is quite obvious. It’s the whole idea behind the travelling I’ve done this year. And while these first three months focused more on travelling itself and some internal work I had to do, I am ready to dig in deeper. To be honest about what I want from a future career and then work towards it.
Grow as a person
This is true for every day of my life but especially for the next three months. I want to be the best version of myself there is. And I know there are still some obstacles, some insecurities that need to be addressed and worked through. But I am confident that, if there is anything close to a perfect environment for it, it’s this. I also decided to give up alcohol because I want my mind to be absolutely clear and focused. I want to experience everything 100% and I know myself well enough to be able to say that won’t be possible when I drink.
Find a family and home away from home
This is more something I am looking forward to than an intention. I already got a first impression of everyone through our Facebook group and I couldn’t be more excited. 30 people from all around the world with all different kinds of backgrounds – professional as well as personal. But what connects us all is our curiosity, positive mindset and desire to learn and grow – together. I already experienced the friendships that can form in a matter of weeks. I can’t even imagine what it’ll be like after three months.
Be my unapologetic authentic self
This should be a given but I’ve been struggling with it since forever. I am one of these people who say ‘I am fine’ when they are not and ‘It’s okay’ when it’s not. I can’t stand arguments, confrontations or someone being unhappy. What I really need to learn is how to advocate for myself and stand up for what I want. This has gotten easier over the last months, simply because I know it doesn’t matter as much when travelling. If someone doesn’t like me or isn’t okay with what I am saying I most likely never have to see them again. It’s not as easy when you want people to be around for a longer time. Like friends. But I know how unhealthy it is to keep your feelings and opinions bottled up and I am willing to work on it.
Create a morning ritual and stick with it
These last couple of weeks I’ve noticed that I am craving a bit more consistency and routine. And also how much better I feel when I take some time out of the day for self-care. Last week I did a ‘5-day Raise Your Vibration Challenge‘ with Elevate the Globe and I loved it so much that I decided to sign up for their ‘528 Academy‘. This will create my morning ritual together with the ‘Headspace‘ meditations I am already doing. What better way to start the day? 🙂
Perfect my Spanish
Since all of this was on such short notice my Spanish is not as good as I wanted it to be. In fact, it only covers the basics. At best. 😀
And most importantly:
Enjoy the process! 🙂
I don’t kid myself, the next three months will be a lot of work. They will be tough. They will tear down many of my barriers and limiting beliefs holding me back. But they will be a lot of fun, too. And unbelievably rewarding. They might even turn out to be the best three months of my life! 🙂
P.S.: If anyone got super excited reading this or is ready for a change – the lovely people behind ‘The Nomad MBA’ are still looking for remarkable humans to be part of the next tribe. Head over to their website for more details. I promise you won’t regret it! 🙂