Figuring It Out….

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Sometimes the choices seem obvious other times you are confused with what road seems likely to lead to success. You may not have all the answers but sometimes the process of figuring it out will lead to some remarkable results. You may have been at the same job for sometime thinking this is my path and I’ll stick to it. You can’t imagine another choice no matter how tough the road gets. Feeling complacent may be a job strategy but what if you allowed yourself the luxury of thinking outside your proverbial career box?

Finding what you love from loving what you find, may seem harder than it actually is when you are not even certain the first place to look. Listening to others career stories may provide some inspiration for you as you sort through your options but believing you can and will deliver on the promise of following your career desires is a better option for you to consider.

Living up to your full potential does not always mean the same thing for everyone. For some it means sticking to the same job and pulling down a steady income to support your family is fulfillment enough. For others, taking risks, following your passions and throwing caution to the wind feels right when considering a career with potential from a job with benefits. Knowing what motivates you to put your very best effort not only into your work but into your vision of who and what you want to be and accomplish helps you figure out if you are on the right path from any path when it comes to following your career ambitions.

When you are not sure if you are on the right career path start by asking yourself these few questions:

  1. Do you love getting up in the morning and going to work? Even if your job does not take you further than the dining room table do you love what you do no matter where you are doing it? If the answer is yes, then by all means stick to it. If the answer is no, then find out what would make you excited to get up in the morning and start following those road signs wherever they may lead.
  2. Do you find reward and self-satisfaction in what you do? If yes, then you know you have chosen wisely. If you wonder how the hell you got where you are and how on earth do you find the main road again, start thinking about the choices you made and ask yourself if you were really following your own guidance or that of someone else? It does not matter how you got here, it matters that you find the road out if you are not feeling like your work is meaningful and rewarding.
  3. Do you have an optimistic outlook?   You may not think about it much but do you consider yourself to be a positive and a happy person? If you are not generally content with who you are then you will forever second-guess the choices you make no matter what career you have chosen for yourself. Being happy with yourself signals that you are confident in your choices and that you believe you will make the right decision for you no matter how hard the career path you have chosen.

Figuring it out might not always be easy but beginning to ask yourself questions about who you are and really understanding what makes you happy may be a first step in an otherwise overwhelming process no matter how successful you’ve become in your so-so career.

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