I was a practicing attorney for 10 years, spent another 12 years in academia as a professor and dean, and worked as an HR exec and corporate consultant in between. I was close to 50-years old before I started to consider the question of my career path. While I was good at what I did, evidenced by my frequent promotions and positions, I never truly loved what I did.
While I was grateful for all the training, learning and growth I experienced through those years, I always harbored a bit of jealousy for those who "whistled while they worked" out of the sheer joy of doing work they loved. For years I wondered what was wrong with me. Why can't I be grateful, happy, or content with my work, job or career? Why couldn't I be one of those people?
Tired of the mediocrity of my career, I set out to discover not just what I could do, but what I was meant to do. There are many things we can all do, but the goal is to ensure whatever you're doing is aligned to highlight your authentic awesomeness.
Life has a way of pulling you inside out and upside down. And after a divorce, becoming a single mom, and a massive car accident, I woke up to the fact that something had to change. After all, what example was I setting for my children? I was sending them a message that it's ok to continue in a dissatisfying career and live life with a defeated mindset.
It took almost 6 years to finally figure out my path because there wasn't anyone out there who could help me. No program, no community of support, no one who could help me discover the work I was meant to do in the world.
Once I discovered the path, reclaimed my confidence, and listened to that voice inside of me telling me to make a powerful move, I started to step into my purpose unapologetically.
Now, after making the leap, while there's definitely been peaks and valleys along the way, I can finally say I love what I do...to teach women to listen to that voice, find their opening AND to step into their purpose on there terms.
So what's the takeaway for you?
Pay attention to the signs of burnout that's telling you what you're doing isn’t working for you anymore.
Pay attention to the intuitive nudge, feeling or whisper that's saying “I know there’s more out there for me.”
And be open to discover your calling and doing the work you were meant to do in the world.
Not just a job.
Not just an income.
Not what looks important or prestigious.
But work that's fulfilling, utilizing your strengths, gifts and skills, and aligned with your values.
And if that's not how you feel, you're not in a career you love.
Life's too short to be stuck in a career, job, role or profession you don't love. You owe it to yourself to start paying attention to what's not working for you and to actively start to take steps toward what does.
You were born for a purpose. Your gifts, your talents, your personality, your life experiences are all designed to come together to support you in making an impact in the world.
What if you could have a career and life that lights you up instead of burning you out?
Contrary to popular belief, work shouldn't suck.
You've been conditioned to follow a preset path with regard to your life and career. They are some unwritten rules you've followed so blindly that you've denied who you are, what you want, and what you're mean to do in the world. To get to the light, you have to break free from these rules and honor those parts of yourself that have been calling out for change, but you've suppressed or ignored.
It's time to pay attention.
I’m hosting a new masterclass to share the 5 things you need to pay attention to for a profitable and fulfilling career. “5 Secrets to Uncover Your Calling and Do work You Love” is free, but you do need to RSVP.
Join me, so I can help you identify the figure out the right career for you.
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