At the outset of 2018, I set three goals for myself, with meaningful as the common tie that binds all three. I set these intentions, and then, I set out to bring them to fruition. I was not necessarily sure how, or even if, I could achieve these goals, but I decided to try. And I succeeded.
Two months into the new year, I reached one of my goals. I was offered, and accepted, a new position, and I was able to put a big check mark next to the goal of finding a meaningful new job. I will be remaining with my current employer, but I will be transferring to a new role in a different division. Even though this was a goal of mine, I still was surprised at how it all came about, and it taught me three lessons:
- Broaden your horizons. While I had been keeping my eyes and ears open for job opportunities, but my mind had been closed. My job search was very narrow, and when I was unable to find what I was looking for, I immediately succumbed a litany of thoughts that kept me firmly stuck in place. I’ll never find anything. I’m not qualified for anything outside of my current job. There’s nothing out there for me. Then, I got out of my own way and decided to expand my parameters, and lo and behold, as soon as I did, I found a position that lit me up when I read the description.
- Take action, even if you are nervous. Even though the job description interested me, I hesitated a bit before applying for it. As soon as I stepped out of my own way, I found myself stepping back into my comfort zone and self-limiting thoughts. What if I am not qualified or good enough for this position? What if I don’t get an interview or an offer? What if the job is not as good as it seems? Even though I was not 100% sure if I would be the best candidate or if this would be the right career move, I knew that passing up this opportunity would leave me with more regrets than not getting the job or learning that it was not the right fit for me.
- Remember that life has a funny way of working out sometimes, but you still have to put in the work. Once I set out to do something, I want, need, and expect it to happen on my timetable, even though that usually is not how it happens at all. When it came to my job search, I did my part by exploring career opportunities and looking to my trusted mentors and colleagues for career advice. Then, I had to allow life to unfold in its own time, and it unfolded at the perfect time. My current division was in the midst of another round of layoffs, and even though, my position was not eliminated, there remained a great deal of uncertainty and instability in the aftermath. My desire was to leave my job on my own terms, and thankfully, the job offer came shortly after the latest layoffs occurred and afforded me the ability to leave when and how I chose.
Reaching this first of my three goals has left me surprised and grateful, and it also has left me a bit nervous. Change can be challenging, especially when I do not know what awaits me. I know, though, that change is part of life, and this change will help me to grow and to learn. It also will give me the chance to use my knowledge, skills, and experiences to contribute to a new team and to help others.
I may be straddling the line between my current position and my new position for the next two weeks, but once the transition is complete, my feet will be firmly planted in the new role. I will not become complacent, though, as I have to continue to move forward, both professionally and personally. One goal down, and two more to go for this year!
That’s another story . . .
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