How do you decide what you want to do with your life? Like many of you, I made a decision about a vocation in my late teens. For a long time, I kept playing out that same decision, whether it fit me or not.
As many of you know, this past year I decided to reassess my career. Of course I approached this project like I have every other major decision: (1) I read everything I could find on the topic, including both how-to books and personal accounts of career changing, and (2) I asked everyone I met how they came to be doing what they’re doing and whether they’re happy. [Note: Strangers are surprisingly eager to answer questions and provide thoughtful advice – try it!]
Here are the questions I asked myself:
- What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail?
- What would I do if I knew I might fail?
- What could I do that would best utilize my talents and gifts?
- What kind of work would absolutely delight me?
After much consideration, I decided that my next step in approaching my career was to focus on organizational change, coaching, and mentorship. The theme that kept coming back to me was building, whether it involved building organizations, successful teams, or leaders (or companies or actual buildings). I decided to revive my consulting business and focus on building it independently, focusing on helping people achieve clarity on their goals, realize their greatest potential, and lead with wisdom. I spent the summer delighted in building my business and working with amazing clients. What a joy!
Have you asked yourself these questions recently? I challenge you to take a few moments and think about these questions regarding your life or your career. It could be that a small change is in order that could bring you delight … or perhaps a big change? Let me know how it goes!