Are you listening to everyone but yourself about what path you should take in your career? Are you just staying in your current role or taking the next position because that’s what’s expected from you?
This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the movie, The Wizard of Oz.
In the movie, Dorothy is repeatedly told to follow the yellow brick road by everyone she meets and she blindly listens. Are you just following the yellow brick road in your career? Have you been just listening to everybody else and now finding that you are either dissatisfied, not completely fulfilled, unemployed, or just stuck about what to do next? Every day, just like advertising, we are bombarded with new stories of individuals who have defied the odds and achieved unexpected success. Everywhere you turn people are looking for the secret formula, the yellow brick road that will just lead them there, if they just follow and not ask questions.
However, in my experience working with clients from all walks of life, unless you choose your path, you will never truly be happy. Whether you choose to stay exactly where you are, or transition to another career, the key is that you choose. One clue to help you uncover if you’re in the right spot is to review the last time you had a peak experience at work. Take a moment to reflect when you were last on top of your game, when everything was flowing smoothly and you were motivated and enjoying your work. How long has it been? Have you ever had a peak experience at work? If you are feeling unmotivated and struggling to either go to work, look for a job, or drum up new business it might be because you’re not really clear that you want to continue what you’ve been doing over and over. You see unless you have chosen this path for yourself, you will naturally resist, even if it’s unconscious. This resistance will make it harder to move forward on your goals and will hold you back.
Yet, with more choices and advanced speed in communication, there are more resources available than ever before. The Internet has changed our world and this is the first time we have ever connected to each other in this way. From Linked In, to Facebook, to Twitter, our people connections are growing exponentially. Yet, with all of this external stimulation, there is little time to focus internally and reflect. Therefore, if you find yourself just reacting and riding the assembly line of life without pausing to figure out where you’re going, you will end up on the nowhere road and wonder how you got there. Just like Dorothy, in the Wizard of Oz, everyone told her to follow the yellow brick road.
So, what does this all mean? Let’s look at the bigger picture to understand some of the influences exerting pressure on us. In our generation, in America, we have witnessed more life defining moments and fundamental shifts in how the world and business operates. Since 9/11, there has been a lot of pressure to find our true passion or our life purpose. Seven years later, in November 2008, the housing crisis fundamentally changed the playing field. Everything we believed and were told to follow has fundamentally shifted.
How can you find your road map for success in career, relationships, and life when the world has turned upside down? One way to start is to frame our shared experience.
It feels like we have all stepped onto a “Rotor-ride” or more currently known as the Gravitron ride where the world has been spinning and our floor has dropped out. However, the ride hasn’t stopped, most of us are still spinning. Yet, we can’t operate in the same way. As you are becoming aware, it’s not business as usual anymore. The floor or foundation disappeared when the economy and marketplace shifted and historic business structures tumbled down the rabbit hole.
Yes, just like global warming, the job and business climate has changed. However, crisis breeds opportunity if you know how to use it.
The very next action step to take is to decide if you want to choose what happens next in your career. If you’re ready to step off the yellow brick road, define where you’re going and develop your strategic road map, then it might be helpful to work with a career coach to jump-start this process and make it easier.
Try a free coaching consultation with Wanda Ropa, your success coach, to get you started and get clear about where you’re going with your career, or with your life so you can develop a strategic plan that really works for you. With clarity, success becomes a natural outcome.
Posted by Wanda Ropa, The Success Coach.