One day, a morning television guest described an interesting exercise. She encouraged people to make a list of ten things they would do if they could. I immediately typed a list on my phone because one of the key objectives in self-assessment is to include those thoughts that first pop into your head, before you allow doubt or insecurities to steer you in another direction. My list was broad and included a lifelong dream of writing an autobiography, some new far-fetched ideas like developing an app, but most importantly, I realized I am already doing at least one-third of the items on my list. It is so refreshing and motivating to change my perspective from “ I wish I could” to “I really am doing it.” Remember that perfection is not the goal. It is the journey that brings the revelation.
In Paulo Coelho’s “Warrior of the Light”, he writes, “It is because he believes that he is what he says he is that the Warrior ends up becoming precisely that.” If you are in a professional rut, feeling stuck and a bit lost, then it is time to evaluate your goals. Try taking a few minutes out of your day to write your list. You may still find that some of the listed items are not immediately attainable but what of the others? Those more short-term goals that you can start working on can bring you a renewed sense of purpose. You will feel more control over your circumstances and regain a sense of direction.
I have a friend who has yet to write her list because she is overwhelmed by the daily stressors of her life. While that is completely understandable, I cannot wait for her to discover the benefits of self-assessment. One of the challenges of being a career coach is seeing potential before individuals uncover their own ability to shine. One of the greatest rewards is seeing people gain confidence in their ability to reach their full potential. Here are 3 out of 10 goals that I am actively pursuing. I am enjoying every moment. Write your list of just 10 things and then think about whether you are ready to shine!
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