Does your career evoke your emotions?
“Do something that evokes emotion in you.” I was talking to someone the other day about this project he wants to create. As he spoke about this goal, his eyes began to gloss over. It struck me that this was his passion, his life purpose and he would do everything in his power to make it happen.
A flashback swept over me as I was reminded of a man from my previous job telling me find the career that evoked my emotions. It took me by surprise when I truly discovered what this meant. He sat me down in a glass room where the entire company could see our conversation. He asked me what I wanted to do while I was working for this company. I gave him some BS answer about where I was and how I wanted to achieve a managerial position. Even as the words came out of my mouth, I couldn’t really believe they were mine. So I asked him how to get into the merchandising side. He looked at me puzzled and asked, “why merchandising?” I told him I had a little company that I wanted to build and thought merchandising would give me more knowledge.
Right then he stopped me in my tracks. He said, “you don’t want to be here. You want to own your own company.” Listening to someone you work for tell you that you’re meant to do something else was not what I expected. He was right. I didn’t want to be there. I started to blink my eyelids open and closed as I fought the tears from spilling over. I was sitting in a glass room for crying out loud.
He broke me. He saw right through me and told me if building a business was what I wanted to do, go do it. Put every ounce of energy into making it happen. He said that it was important to surround myself with my target market. He told me to get the support of people in my life who would help me to reach this goal. I knew right then that there would be people I loved who would push me down, people who didn’t believe. But at the same time, there would be others to cheer me on and lift me out of those doubts. So I started to focus on those positive individuals. I began to manifest these things that I knew I was capable of doing. Whether that was showcasing my kombucha at a local yoga studio or getting on top of the Willis Tower and hauling my clothes up there at 6am on a Saturday morning, I knew it was possible.
The challenges are inevitable. Life doesn’t always go according to plan and being flexible and open is the most important thing. Two years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you I would be a health coach or making kombucha. I didn’t even know what kombucha was! I had different dreams at that time. But I knew that there was something in me that wanted to make a difference. There was a part of me that wanted to make an impact on the world and show that I was qualified enough to achieve my dreams.
So find your cheerleaders. Focus on the people who lift you rather than those who tear your down. Be flexible to alternate paths. Above all, have patience and believe.
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