Sometimes it’s a very helpful thing that keeps us from harm.
But many times it’s an inner voice and barrier that keeps us stuck.
That keeps us from getting what we want and becoming who we honestly deep down want to be
It’s time you were happy at work again. . .
You’ve worked hard and achieved success, but now, at mid life,your priorities have shifted, and you’re feeling bored.
The world around you is shifting too. You may have been laid off, be worried about a lay off, or simply be thinking about job security given the rapid pace of innovation today.
You know there’s a lot you can do, and a lot of different things you like to do. You also know you’re great with people.
The problem is, you aren’t really interested in the next rung in this ladder. The fire has left your belly for what you’ve been doing.
You might be ready for a new challenge, but you know your challenge isn’t here in this company, and maybe not in this career, either.
You think it’s time to move on.
But, to where? To what?
You just don’t know. And even if you knew where, or what, it’s been years since you’ve looked for a job – things have changed. Job hunting is a whole different thing.
And, you don’t know what you’re looking for. . .
“Remember how far you’ve come, not how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.” ~Rick Warren
We’re always talking about how we should live in the now and “be present.” We shame ourselves for looking back at the past or into the future, thinking that we shouldn’t look too far ahead or worry about what’s to come, and we shouldn’t get too caught up in events that have already happened. We want to be focused on being the best person we can be right now.
We often forget, though, that it’s possible to look at our past with love, not ruminating in it but appreciating it. We’re often so focused on living in the present that we forget to be mindful of where we’ve been and how far we’ve come.
You could say that I’m a bit of a productivity addict. I love doing things that are beneficial to me in some way. I love the feeling of doing something positive or productive for myself, whether it’s squeezing in that extra thirty-minute yoga practice or ten-minute meditation, or listening to podcasts or reading the news instead of watching TV. I get so caught up with being a “better version of me” that I forget to appreciate my current version.
I realized that I sometimes get so caught up with my big dreams, like being a published author or working actress that I forget to recognize all the little dreams I’ve made come true!
How about we look at the past to appreciate it? How about we appreciate our own journeys? Our own resilience? How about we look at the places we’ve been, the relationships we’ve formed, the things we’ve achieved, not with regret or the longing of “if only” or “what ifs” or “I wish I was still there,” but “Wow, I did that? That’s where I used to be? That’s pretty cool.”
We can get so caught up looking at where we should be, where we aren’t, and where others are in comparison that we forget to appreciate where we’ve been and where we’ve come from.
It’s amazing that we’re all living and growing, trying to be the best we can be and moving forward every day. It’s a beautiful thing to be mindful of the present, but don’t forget to honor yourself, your past, and how far you’ve come. Odds are, it’s further than you think.