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This past week has been wonderful!  It's been almost 4 days since I retired as a "Microbiology Record Review Specialist" and moving onto a new career as a police officer.  I'm excited about this new venture and excited that I'm moving into a career that fits my lifestyle.  I have been in the medical lab career field for almost 9 years already and was in a position that can move me into higher management.  But, I decided to change because of the book "48 Days to the Work you Love," Attending the Coaching with Dan: Eagle's Club Inclusive, completing the Coaching 101 program, and attending the Coaching with Excellence retreat.  These events changed my life.

People ask me, "Why are you leaving a regular, day shift, decently-paid, inside the office, and safe job for a career that has weird hours and unsafe?" 

I usually respond, "Because, I have a plan."  

I've also taken Dan Miller's response (I'm not married to my job line) to heart as well.  I am also telling people that I'm not married to the police officer position as well.  I also have dreams and a business that includes self defense and coaching.  I'm never going to stop pursuing those goals and those dreams.  In fact, I'm still pursuing those goals steadily.

Well, Elmer, why not go straight to running your business?

My goal is to first create credibility in myself as a self defense instructor.  In fact, my martial arts teacher, a seasoned martial artists with over 35 years of experience and a man with many connections to top, well-known, high-quality instructors in the martial arts world, encouraged me to go through this route.  Having a police background will allow me to have more of an authority in self defense, plus I think it's pretty awesome to become a police officer.  Having a military background, I feel more comfortable doing security than doing Microbiology lab (paper) work.  You lose so much energy working in a job you hate! As I move up the ranks and deal subordinates and with local people, I can use my coaching skills as a leader and as an officer.  I can even use the coaching skills with my peers.  It's surprising how often officers use their words to control the situation.  I think that is a valuable skill I can learn when I become a police officer and as an aspiring coach.  I couldn't have done that working in a position where I'm isolated in a cubicle.

I'm excited about this new plan and this new road in life.  Because of my connections in the martial arts field, I know one the instructors in the academy.  When I left my work place, I had many compliments about my character.  They said things like they were glad to know people like me are entering the police force.  My wife has been so supportive throughout my introspective process and very encouraging as I move through with this career change.  Compliments and situations like these makes me feel good about the decision I made and affirms my decision with the career change.  I guess it's God's way of leading me to a "life of abundance" by executing my right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

In other words, The Daily Headaches are Gone! And, I'm ready for new challenges and new ventures!  

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on February 23, 2012 at 9:28pm

Congrats Elmer! You are doing it man!! Way to go!! Living a life of intention and purpose. You ROCK!

Live Beyond Awesome!


Comment by Bernice Coles on February 23, 2012 at 7:03pm

Congratulations...go forth...protect and serve. Good for you. 

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