For the many people who can relate to the situation I found myself in 10 years ago – swimming in career success, yet drowning in professional unfulfillment – here’s an excerpt from my recent interview with Donna Marie Post advising about the very early stage of beginning to create your most passionate and happy career …
Q. You were top of your class in law school, a “genius legal writer,” and you were working among some of Chicago’s most famous lawyers. Yet, you found yourself crying on your shower floor. What nuggets of advice would you share with someone who is facing a similar feeling in their current situation?
Great question! This is where a lot of people who come to see me are starting out.
Here are a few basics:
1. Listen to those feelings. Don’t push them down even though they are uncomfortable. They are showing you the Truth that what you are doing right now is not working.
2. Find comfort in knowing that this is a blessing in disguise. Whatever is out of alignment and causing your discomfort right now is also leading you toward the life that is more authentic for who you are becoming. Hang in there! It will all make sense with time.
3. Create time and safe space to tune into yourself for answers. You know what’s best for you. So the best thing you can do is find time and helpful methods to explore your big questions in ways that feel safe to you. This is a great time to start mediating or to increase the amount of time you meditate. And remember, this will take time.
4. Get support. It is very big question to ask: “Who am I and what do I want to do with my life?” So don’t do it alone! Encircle yourself with people you trust to be loving and supportive and to help you find your answers. This may be a great time also to hire a coach or take a class that provides you guidance around a process for your journey and also to be around others who can inspire you and remind you that you are not crazy but instead on to something awesome!
Want more lessons & tips from my story? Check out my FULL INTERVIEW (including photos from my journey) HERE!