I have to admit that I did not really know what to say to the people who did not understand my decision. They always found my reasons to move to Germany invalid and created their own narrative. It used to upset me a lot and then I realized it was their way to deal with something they did not understand. So just be ready to not be understood by your peers. It doesn't mean that your goal makes no sense.
Here are the lessons you can learn from doing something new and unexpected:
- Learn new ways of expressing yourself (not only a language skills, you can learn to be a better leader, a better consultant, a better colleague, a better coach...).
- Looking at the world in a brand new way, again (Some aspect of life will become more colorful and those that made no sense before will start to have one).
- Discovering new skills ( you can realize that in the end you are good at time management)
- Learning something new is confusing at the beginning but rewarding after a while.
- Look at the positive side even at the hardest time. There were moments when I thought German was the most difficult language to learn and then I remember how hard French Grammar (my mother-tongue) is so hard to explain.
- Moving on step at a time when overwhelmed by all the things you have to do. Carry on.
- Go for it
- If you dream about it, it is means you can do it. You have all resources to achieve your goal.
- Collect information (there is always someone before you who took a similar decision)
- Talk with your colleagues and relatives to get advice but run away from people who judge you.
- List all the opportunities and options you have available to achieve your goal.
- Break the goal in small steps.
- Keep yourself accountable (write a journal, tell your colleagues, create a motivation group)
- Know yourself (why have you in the past failed? Lake of support? Lake of information?...)
- Understand your motivations.
- Once launch do not stop!