Are you taking the leftovers? I don’t mean the food, I mean opportunities in life; in relationships, in decision-making, in careers.
What are you settling for?
Let’s take that job that you fear you might lose all the time. You know it doesn’t make your heart sing, and yet you cling on to it for dear life. Letting your true talents go unused. Letting your boss take advantage of you. Seeing younger people getting opportunities that you are envious of. Letting everyone else get what they want and settling for the leftovers yet again.
I get it. I used to get Linkedin jealousy because people were getting jobs that I thought I wanted. Why? The answer is really simple. Because they asked for it. Because they valued themselves enough to dream big and take actions towards those dreams.
Do you think they were scared? Maybe. Probably. Who cares?! The point is that they took action anyway. They didn’t waste precious time worrying about what might be. Or worse, taking defensive actions to stay exactly where they were.
I’m not talking to you from an ivory tower here – I’m sharing my direct experience of having moved from being that person to one who is clear about:
- how they want to spend their day
- who they want to encounter
- the conversations that will light them up
- what outcomes their talents can generate
- their big dreams, sharing them, and taking intentional baby steps towards them every single day
Can you imagine being this person? Without the struggle and the worry of what might be if your career continues on this path? I can. If I can do it, you can too.
Change is possible for you too.
The action you need to take is not to batten down the hatches and defend your position. Don’t waste your energy preserving something you don’t even want!
If your beliefs, thoughts, actions and habits all relate to the thing you want from your work, and your life, leftovers will be a thing of the past.
Stand up for what it is that you really believe in. Stand up for what you are truly capable of. And stop settling for anything less than true happiness.
If this resonates at all, but you don’t know where to start, let me confess. I hadn’t a clue either. It doesn’t matter. What is important is you reach out for help, and get on the offensive for your dreams.
You don’t need to carry on as you are any longer. Freedom, relief and a clear action plan is at the other end of the phone line.