Transitions are opportunities to take stock of what you are enjoying and what you want more of in your life. If you asked yourself… What do I like most about my work? What do I want more of? What things would start showing up on your list?
When I started taking stock of what I liked about my work and what I wanted more of I could see myself start shifting from what was wrong to what was possible. It was a slight twist of the language but it was my first step in taking charge of my future. Transitions can be a time where you might feel stuck, this reframe of what do you want more of is a great way to get “unstuck”.
I actually made a chart under my computer at work. Each day before I went home, I’d write down, what I enjoyed about my day and what I wished I’d had more time for. As I did this for a couple of weeks, some patterns started to emerge. I discovered that some of the best parts of my day were when I was having one on one conversations with students and faculty. I found I really enjoyed listening to their stories, asking them questions about their goals, and helping them set a plan to move forward. I also noticed that when I asked someone to go on a walking meeting with me, I was energized and restored. Instead of meeting in a conference room we’d put on our sneakers (or boots) and go for a 45-60 minute walk to talk through a challenge, opportunity, or concern. We’d both come back with fresh eyes on a topic, energy, and a greater appreciation for each other’s talents. This idea of moving and talking intrigued me.
It took some time, a few more tools to be referenced in future blogs, but slowly my realizations about what I wanted more of and what I liked most about my work led to a new career path. As a leadership development and transition coach one of my niches in Santa Barbara, CA is meeting with my clients in parks and often taking a walk together. I capitalized on what I enjoyed and wanted more of and turned it into my job.
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