I have been doing an internet marketing course over the last year while taking some time out from corporate law. I decided to take a break from the course as I wasn’t achieving the results I wanted and I thought that a break would give me a fresh approach when I started again. That decision left me with time on my hands. Wayyyyyy too much time on my hands!
You might like the sound of sleeping in each day, having a long relaxed breakfast, a snooze in the afternoon before reading a great novel…even writing that description still sounds good to me but the reality is that we all need a sense of purpose and I know that I am a driven person who wants to make an impact in whatever I do.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself ~ George Bernard Shaw
Instead of relaxing into the time off I was tormenting myself with the thought that I should be doing something more, that time was limited and when was I going to figure out what I wanted to do next. Essentially I was drifting along in career limbo and driving myself around the bend with the thoughts churning through my head. Has anyone else been there?
I kept saying to myself that once I have that vision of my future career in place there would be no stopping me and I would be off at a gallop towards the finish line of achieving my goals.
You know what this was…an excuse! By constantly saying to myself that once that vision appeared everything would be alright I was delaying moving forward. That might be a little harsh (I do have a tendency to be hard on myself) as I had been doing some research into crafting my ideal lifestyle but I also need to be realistic about my actions and take responsibility for allowing myself to become trapped by the excuse that I hadn’t realised that I had been making.
I had been expecting to have an epiphany one day and know that I wanted to be a butcher, baker or candle stick maker. This kind of thinking has already kept me trapped in my previous career, as back then I knew that I wasn’t happy but couldn’t think of what else to do so I stayed where I was.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step ~ Dr Martin Luther King
I began to realise that I wanted someone else, my career Prince Charming, to make these hard decisions for me. I wanted my Prince to gallop along on his white charger and hand me a list of the careers that I would be wonderfully suited to. It came as a surprise to realise that this was what I had been waiting for. Here I am an independent woman who has supported herself since she left home at 17, travelled the world extensively and worked in the world of corporate law and I’m waiting for someone else to make her decisions?!!
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else ~ Judy Garland
There are many career options out there and sometimes that can be an issue as we become so overwhelmed by all the choices that we don’t want to choose only one. This means that we can end up staying exactly where we are – in the land of unfulfilled potential.
I may not have my vision of where my career will end up but I know I’m going to take action. Right Now.