Allowing yourself to want what you want in your career and your leadership is a radical act of self-love. Like most radical acts of self-love, it takes a lot of courage and heart. So often, I meet and speak with people who can share with me in great length what they don’t like in their career and what they don’t want.
They can share with me what they don’t like about the organization they’re working in, the person they’re working for, the clients that they are serving, their pay or their hours. They share how they’re not experiencing passion or fulfillment or not feeling utilized.
It’s really important to know what’s not working for you in your career, but when I ask them what they want, they are silent. They’ve spent so much time, energy and focus on what they don’t want that they haven’t made time or room for what they want.
This month, I’m asking you to allow yourself to want what you want in your career and for your leadership. This exercise is an ongoing process. If you truly want to own your power and work from your soul in your career, if you want to continue to thrive, prosper and succeed, if you want to experience increased passion and fulfillment then you will have to engage in an ongoing practice of focusing on what you want.
Here is how this works. It’s a two-part homework assignment. I encourage you to do this once a week every week during the month. The more you do it, the more you will get out of it. All you will need is 10 to 20 minutes.
Part one is to write down, perhaps in a journaling free-flowing format, what you want in your career. You might write what projects you’d like to work on, what type of organization you’d like to work in, what clients you’d like to serve or what type of organization you’d like to own and run. These are just a few prompts to get you started.
Part two is to read what you’ve written. In part one, I want you to focus on writing what you want, not what you think you should want or what you’ve been told you should want, but truly what your heart and soul desires.
In part two, as you read and reflect on what you’ve written, this is a time for you to be open and receptive. If feelings of doubt, fear or question come up, I’m asking you to shift your energy and attention to one of receptivity and love.
That’s quite challenging, but I know you’re up for it. Most importantly, I’m asking you to do this homework, or fun work, with a spirit of joy and ease.