Updated: Oct 14, 2019
If so, it's time to think about your professional goals.
About a year ago, I was feeling uninspired with the work I was doing. I felt stagnant, dragging my feet every time I had to show up at the office, until one day I decided it was time to go. I was restless and anxious to start something new that played to my strengths. Reinvention time was here!
I envisioned a career path that was productive, profitable, challenging, and that at the same time would lead me to leave my mark in my world. This was the beginning of a process of
introspection, of dismissing romantic visions of quick fame and success in favor of realistic, viable alternatives. Then WHY? became a critical question. After some back and forth Organizing Concepts was happily born.
When my only child left for out-of-state college, I had a breakthrough. For the longest time, I had been living my life in autopilot. Unfortunately, many of us do so unconsciously. We rarely take the time to think about our long term professional goals, about what we want to do in the long term. We may begin our professional lives with well-defined and ambitious goals. Still, the reality for many women is that once we start having cute, precious little babies, our hearts melt, our maternal instincts kick in and we put those career goals on hold to stay home.
We’re not all the same, of course. Some moms just cannot afford to stay home, and moms who are more career-driven work very hard to make it work. There are others, like me, who opt for middle-of-the-road options: a part-time job or working from home. All of these are perfectly fine options if we made the conscious choice to follow that path. The problem starts when we let life (and others) dictate our path.
Every so often, we should press pause and reassess our life plan -if we have one. I didn't, and I regret it. We should stop living in autopilot and start taking control of our professional future. We may have, by choice or otherwise, to put that plan on hold for a while, but still, we need to have a plan and take the time to work on it in whatever capacity we can.
I lived in autopilot for a long time, and one day I realized that that approach was not working for me anymore. I chose to be in control, and now I know where I want to go.
Have you gone through a similar process of self-discovery? Do you have a long-term career plan that's on hold while you raise your children? I invite you to share your experiences in the comments below so we can all learn together!