It’s Okay To Be In-Between

 

At times, you may find yourself neither here nor there. You are not where you were a year ago and not quite settled into something new. Perhaps you have undergone a tangible change or nothing has changed, except that you are different in your own perceptions of your life and work.

Nothing wrong with that! You are on a journey. You change over time and not instantaneously. When you feel you are in-between, maybe even a bit lost, get present to it. Try to understand where you are and make the most of it. It can be a time of new insights, growth and creating new dreams, before you reach the next step on your journey.

 

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Waking Up

Sometimes things are hiding in plain sight; however, you fail to see them. There can be many reasons: an expectation or strong emotion like anger clouds your view, what is there creates fear for you, you have not experienced anything like it before and therefore fail to recognize it, you are not fully present to what is going on, you are avoiding seeing it or a need to please prevents you from acknowledging what is there.

Being asleep to something is human. It’s not hard to find yourself there. Key is to will yourself “awake” to what is happening around you in your workplace. The benefits are obvious. By seeing the truth of a situation you can assess it appropriately and decide how to respond in a manner that is best for you and your career.

 

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Are You Asking “What’s The Use?

You have a right to a sense of meaning in your work. That sense of meaning can be hindered by things such as: a wrong fit with the work you are doing, values not being honored, a dysfunctional workplace or a lack of resources or skills to do your job.

When you find yourself asking, “What’s the use?” take a look at the source of your frustration. Once you discover it, do what you can to remedy the situation. In that way, you assure that your work fulfills you. It’s better for you and for the world.

 

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Daydreams

Do you ever daydream? Daydreams are much more than “fluff”. They can be functional and lead to positive changes in your career. You can put daydreams to work for you by focusing them on what you want in your work life. They provide a creative, open space for your imagination to flow.

Allow yourself a few daydreams about your work and career. In a quiet space, let your imagination go on what a great work situation would be for you. Imagine how it happens and how you feel. See what shows up. Even if what shows up seems impractical, don’t push it away. Give it some more thought. Your daydreams may be guiding you to somewhere great!

 

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Does Something Need A Push?

How are things moving for you in your work and career? At times, your goals and dreams need a push – from you! Take a moment to look at the top three things you want to achieve this year. Are they on track or are they faltering?

Your “push” can take many forms – giving more of your time and attention, soliciting help from others, changing your approach or quickening your pace. Giving your goals a push, when needed, gets you where you want to be!

 

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How Far Ahead Do You Plan?

An article, Have You Ever Felt That You’re in the Wrong Place in Your Career, in Your Life?  offers stories of people who reach fulfillment and success by a circuitous path, often planning in the short-term and rejecting linear, long-term planning. Their paths have involved surprises and unknowns, risks, following their interests and non-traditional choices.

What kind of career path are you on? Is it working for you? Whatever type of path you are on, periodic re-evaluation and awareness of non-traditional options can lead you to the success and fulfillment you are looking for.

 

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Looking Forward

When you are at a point of growth and change, looking back can slow you down. Best to keep looking forward, as doing so creates momentum, excitement and promise. Looking back creates fear, regret and delay.

Are you looking forward in your life and work now? What do you see ahead of you?

 

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Openings

Openings are opportunities for change. They can come in a variety of ways and forms. Are you alert to openings when they present themselves in your life? An opening may come as a forced change, such as being let go from a job. An opening can be an opportunity that you decide to take advantage of. An opening can be created by a loss of some kind or a decision to let something go.

Take a look at your life and work and the openings that have presented themselves to you. How did you handle them? Stay aware and you’ll recognize openings when they appear. They are invitations for you to move forward and create the life you want to live.

 

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Lively!

Are your work and life lively? They can be, when you create some excitement, stay active, employ your curiosity and optimism and stay in the game. Perhaps a change in mindset is called for. What’s one thing you can do this month to make your life and work lively? Enjoy!

 

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Next Time

As uncomfortable as they are, a lot can be learned from missteps and failures. Making the most of them involves letting what happened teach you what to do and not do the next time that you are in a similar situation. Instead of running from such experiences, identify constructive take-aways, so that the next time you do better.

Think of a recent misstep or failure. Identify your take-aways and put them into practice. That way, you’ll create a practice of continuous improvement that can serve you well.

 

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