How do you know you are in the right role, running the right business, and are overall happy in what you are doing?
We are told that we should be happy. In fact, we are told Canada is one of the happiest countries in the world, the fifth highest. Yet when you look at, how do they measure happiness, it has to do more with physical health and political stability than it does with the most important thing we spend the most hours doing—working.
So, it is okay to question if you are in the right role? Even if you are, it’s a good question to ask. There may be something else you may want to be doing in that place.
Let me share with you three things that really work well.
1. Have an Anchor
Have an anchor, something that helps you remember what’s most important. For me in my big change, it’s my barn, because it reminds me of the best version, the farthest version of what my dream is going to look like in my new business.
So, what’s your anchor?
2. Have a “Geocache”
Have a geocache, sort of mentality about your career. What are the important destination places you need to be? It’s not a question of, ‘Am I in the right role? Am I working for the right place? Is my business going well?’ It’s, what do you want to achieve along the way?
Don’t make it a map. Don’t feel you need to do ‘x,’ ‘y,’ and ‘z’ to get from point ‘a’ to point ‘b.’ It’s about, where are your core anchors? Geocache your career, and your role, so in fact, when you are on that path, you can take a right turn, you can detour. It’s just like when I’m tracing my path using Google in the car. Google will say, “There’s roadwork up ahead, would you like an alternate route?” I want to be able to say yes. Why on earth, would you not want to take a more efficient, and the best path forward? So, geocache instead of rigidly planning your route.
3. Bring Binoculars
The last tool I suggest to put in your toolkit, is a pair of binoculars—metaphorical, of course. You are going to need to zoom in on things, and get really clear on what you want to accomplish.
One of my clients, an amazing, talented professional, had to zoom in on exactly what she wanted to achieve, and be aligned in her next role, for her to find the perfect combination of the right salary, and the right culture for her expertise and what she could bring. By zooming in, and getting really clear on that, she had the confidence to turn down all kinds of other really great roles that weren’t quite the right fit.
At times, you are going to need to pull out your pair of binoculars. You’re grounded in the fact that you know your strengths, your brand, what you most want and where you’re successful. When you find that opportunity, you can jump on it.
I hope these three things will help you feel more confident and that you already know what you need to do in your career, to mean you are in the right place. If you do need to make a shift, you’ll feel comfortable and confident when you do.
For some us, we need a little bit more direction and guidance as we’re moving through this path, and that’s why I developed 52 Weeks of Greatness: Satisfaction, Direction, and Clarity in Work and Life. It’s a virtual program that also includes coaching. If you want to learn more about it, click on the link. I’m here if you have any questions!