I'm taking some of my own advice at the moment and re-focussing my career and direction on what I most enjoy - coaching!
These past few years I haven't had as much time for coaching as I would have liked because I've been working for someone else.
But there was one big problem - my core values did not match my employers and the work I was doing was not my true vocation. So why did I stay? Well, for one thing, the hours were flexible which is great for family. But I could build flexibility into my coaching - so there's a lie I told myself. The other thing was the money was good and the job was easy - but I can replace that money if I take the risk to go out on my own and I want work that challenges me - so another lie I told myself! And finally - and this to me is the real interesting one - I had a LOT of power and prestige in this place. I made my own rules and everyone looked to me for help and advice. I had become seduced by the freedom and power I had and had betrayed my core values of lifelong learning and helping others.
Recently I had cause to do a values-check and ask myself if the way I was working was in line with how I truly want to live my life. I used an exercise I find helps me to focus on what's important - I imagined my 80-year-old self and asked her - should I stay in this job - or should I walk off the plank of regular employment and do what I really love. Once I looked at it from the perspective of my 80 year old self looking back and examined why I was staying I realised I had become far too comfortable and complacent. I was resting on my laurels and had allowed myself to stay in the job because I enjoyed the prestige and power. Once that realisation hit me it was an easy decision - get out, and go live the harder, more challenging and interesting life.
If you too want to want to take the road less travelled and find fulfilling work give me a call on 0400 429 811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll chat about how I can help!
Alison Walter enjoys coaching others to success. Read some tips about changing your life in Alison's blog posts.