I love gardening, but I hate weeding. Or at least I hate pulling two years’ worth of weeds and grass out of every flower bed in my yard. You're probably wondering, “If you love gardening so much, why haven't you stayed on top of it for the last 2 years?"
I honestly don't remember what reason I had 2 summers ago. It seemed like a good one at the time. Last summer I had just given birth to my third little one, and gardening wasn't possible with a newborn. Suddenly, this spring I looked at my flower beds and was appalled at what I saw -- our warm weather grass had not just crept into two of the large beds but had taken up residence, some very persistent weed had overtaken another bed, and the violets I once thought so pretty had infested my bed of hostas. I asked myself, “How have my flower beds gotten so far out of hand?”
I felt overwhelmed when I realized how much work I would have to do to get them back to the semi-respectable place they had been a few years ago. For the longest time I wasn’t sure where to even start. It seemed like such a large task.
This project reminded me of what it is like for my clients who want to make a transition in their careers. I often hear “I feel overwhelmed at the thought of how to go about making a change.” and “I am not sure how I got to this point in my career; it’s not a path I had planned to go down.”
Too often we find ourselves running on autopilot when it comes to our plans for work. We are going down a path but don’t stop to confirm that it is still the path we want. Or we find really good reasons for why we should stay where we are – “It’s not a good time for me to make a change.” “I may finally get that promotion.” “I don’t know where else I will go.”
This mindset towards your career can be changed. You can take yourself off autopilot and begin guiding your career path again. Stay tuned next week to learn how to do just that and to learn what I did to get unstuck from the overwhelming feelings I had with the amount of weeding that was needed in my yard!
When have you found yourself on autopilot? How did you feel once you realized it?