Perhaps there is irony in regards the fact that as a transition counselor I am embarking upon a career transition. I am encountering new trails and paths in my career that I have not seen or thought about. Surprisingly, preparing for this change has created more anxiety than I expected. Also not surprisingly, the anxiety I am dealing with is self created. I have no pressure from my new position and have been told there is flexibility in scheduling. In essence, I have the ability to create my job. This is not a place I have been before, as most positions in the past have been established with expectations and rules.
Anytime something changes in life, there is a shift in balance. I shared in my Self Care Saturday post the importance of the Balance Wheel exercise, where one assesses where energy is going to in life and what areas are being ignored. Balance is not easy to maintain and is something we all must continue to practice maintaining. Constant imbalance only leads to discomfort and often pain.
Although often feared, transitions in life should be welcomed. The constant promise of change and transition is that whatever moment we are going through will not last forever. The struggle will eventually be over. The honeymoon period (sadly) ends and brings one back to reality. Each day each of us are changing and are different than the day we were before. Without change, there would be no new life.
The trails and paths of my career are not brand new, they are simply different.
As I approach this new transition in my career, I am filled with gratitude. Life is about exploring different paths and trails. We often have to get off of the path we are on to find the one we are meant to be. True, the current path you are on may be well worn and known but it may not be leading you anywhere. Don’t be afraid to take a different path. Be confident in your skills that you have the ability to walk a new trail and may discover exciting things along your pathway that can not be found anywhere else.
Take a few minutes to consider your own life path. Is your career going where you want it to go? Are you happy in your personal relationships? If the answer is no, what are you doing to find a new trail and path?
Join me and others for Emily’s Grateful Heart Monday! There is always something to be grateful for!