For the past several weeks, raise your hand if you have stocked up on:
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towels
Raise your hand if you've taken stock of:
- Your skills?
- Your strengths?
- How you spend your time?
- Where you choose to spend your energy and attention?
Up until this pandemic hit, many of us were leading over-scheduled, run from one meeting or one activity kinds of lives, with little time to think about stocking up on home food, supplies, etc., let alone our own personal skills, talents, time and energy. Myself included.
Some might argue that this pandemic has helped us get back to some of the basics- spending time with our household family, getting outside more, getting more sleep, spending more time in quiet prayer and meditation, and perhaps more exercise.
But how many of you have deliberately made a list, and taken stock, now that you're home, of your talents? Thought about your career journey? For those of you that love your jobs, have you thought about how to enhance your skill set? For those of you that are miserable in your jobs, have you thought about how to make a change and enhance your skill set?
That quiet contemplation can be tough for many. I know. It was hard for me the many times throughout my career that I had to take a step back and evaluate where I was and where I wanted to go. It's not easy. But, it's useful and you owe it to yourself.
No one is going to manage your career for you, except you.
So, now is the perfect time to use your time- time you would have otherwise spent commuting in the car, or driving kids to sporting events or music lessons, or running here or there.
Now is the perfect time to be selfish and plan your next steps- whether it's within your current role or with your current employer, or perhaps in a new one. Remember- in a sense- truly- we are all self-employed. There are no guarantees.
If you don't take stock, you will become stale- just like all those groceries your over-bought in this pandemic.
So, here's a few suggestions to get you started.
1. Begin to write a list of your accomplishments over the past 3-5 years. Think about when your energy was highest, and you were proud, or perhaps you received repeated compliments on an endeavor.
2. Make a list of what you like and don't like about your current job or situation. And, ask yourself- do I have the ability to change my circumstances. Why? Why not?