Over the past few weeks, I’ve been asking myself some hard questions about my career.
Am I heading in the right direction?
Am I putting energy in the right places?
Am I living according to my values?
These conversations are challenging, but they are important to staying aligned in my business, work, and personal life. A conversation that I often have with my clients is about how to define career.
We often want to give career that narrow definition of just being our paid work, but really career is about how we want our life to be.
It’s the work we do, paid or unpaid.
Where we volunteer or contribute in the community.
The business we run.
The educational opportunities we pursue.
How we spend our leisure time.
In 2017, I said “Yes” to everything and it ended up being the most amazing year. But in 2018, my commitment is to be more intentional and focused on building a career and life that is life-giving and sustainable.
If you’re at a junction in your career and recognize the need for a change, start asking yourself these questions:
1. What are my core values?
2. What am I giving up by staying where I am? (There’s always a cost)
3. What do I want my life to look like?
Kristin Vandegriend is the founder of Career Story where she has helped hundreds of her clients successfully transition to work they love. She supports her clients to uncover their strengths and communicate to get what they want in the workplace.