“Before you can enjoy success in life, you have to know who you are. If you don’t know who you are and what you want, there will be many people who will want you to become something you’re not” -Kim Garst
My business coach posted the above quote yesterday. It really caught my attention! Combined with some of the chatter in the coaching group having to do with honing in on your passion and turning it into a business, it seemed so spot on.
I had been taking with a girlfriend not too long ago who is at a bit of a crossroads. She’s at a great place professionally, having been recently selected for a training type position in her company that generally is a good predictor of future promotions. She’s bright, articulate, and will likely go far in her profession.
But she confided her growing dissatisfaction with the demands of the job, particularly where it takes her away from her sweet young children on a far too regular and unpredictable basis. It hadn’t been an issue when she started, and the common wisdom was that with flexible childcare and the like, she’d find a way to make it work.
It works, but the rising-star career path being carved out for her doesn’t match who she is becoming.
It’s common, I know, especially among women juggling roles
as mom and career professional.
Just because it’s common doesn’t make the tension any less painful, though.
When was the last time you took the chance to review who you are and where you’re going professionally? Does who you are match the path you’re on?
Anything less is a sure recipe for dissatisfaction.
On Thursday I’ll be sharing some questions you might ask yourself to help figure out if your purpose and passion are aligned with your actions.