From the Mountain of Challenges to Oceans of Opportunity
From the Mountain of Challenges to Oceans of Opportunity

Coaching several out-placed professionals through 10 weeks of career transition inspired me to take an honest look at my own situation. The past few years have seemed like climbing up a mountain of challenges, only to get to the top to be tempted (even overwhelmed) by oceans of opportunity in view. Now at the top, what do you think I might be inclined to do? Will I head down rugged trails to explore those new oceans glistening in the sun, most likely filled with new people and adventures?

Or, will I study the "map" of my business and life plan, then head in the direction already chartered, the one that will allow me to maintain my best pace and share my talents and wares with those I've already invested time and resources with?

Have you ever been in such a place? If you are embarking on a new job, career or business venture, you might be able to relate.

Which way should you go? How much of your past experiences and relationships do you build upon?

How ready are you to try a new thing? Is that courage or something less flattering and unhealthy?

How set in your ways are you? Are you relying on your experience and skills, or hanging onto a limiting belief that's keeping you from growing a bit?

If you have ever snow-skied or spoken with someone who has, you know that black diamond runs are more adventurous and dangerous, blue or yellow trails are intermediate (can be somewhat challenging but not too intense) and green runs tend to be the easiest way to ski down a mountain.

So, here we are upon our mountains of needs or challenges, ready to move forward on the success journey. Each of us must choose our own trail.

Which path down is your green slope . . . also known as the "comfort zone" and which is the black diamond trail of foolishness or great risk?

Logic says most of us would choose to head down a blue run, embracing an intermediate slope based on our mission, our predetermined budget, available time and innate talent.

But hey, logic doesn't always apply. Sometimes we do things from our emotions, and not our heads.

So how can we leave the mountaintop and proceed well, choosing the BEST career or business path?

  • Know and affirm your purpose (Why are you here; what seems to be your unique contribution to others?)
  • Clarify your vision and your values (If life is a puzzle, what does your puzzle box top look like? )
  • Set a course with feedback from wise counsel (Who do you know that is an expert, or is honest, mature, content, grounded, healthy and financially fit that you can speak to about your next steps?)

Even this 'expert' faces the slopes with uncertainty at times. So what do you think I am doing, in humility? I am listening to wise counsel, reviewing my purpose and plans, and heading down the blue path (not too easy, not too hard, but well-suited) . . . but only after shouting and pretending I can't ski!

For a discounted individual coaching rate, call Sandy today and use product code 'Oceans' 404-939-1569 or 404-841-7800.
Author: Sandy Lawrence

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