HOW TO FIND A CAREER THAT FULFILLS YOUR TRUE PURPOSE || SURFBOARD OR MOUNTAIN BIKE?

HOW TO FIND A CAREER THAT FULFILLS YOUR TRUE PURPOSE || SURFBOARD OR MOUNTAIN BIKE?


So the big question that my client had asked
herself is, am I going to ride the surfboard or am I going to keep riding this mountain
bike that really isn’t making me happy? Welcome back to my channel. I’m Heather Evans, a self
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I was recently in a session with a client and I wanted to share this experience with
you in the event that it helps you make a choice in your life. This is a client that
I’ve been working with for a couple of years and she is an incredible human and she’s currently
in the process of making a career transition. Now, here’s the deal. When we are in the midst
of a career transition, we can begin to question ourselves. We can begin to question our capacity
to handle something new, we can question whether or not we’ve got what it takes to make this
shift, we can even begin to question if we should leave the current role even if it isn’t
serving us or lighting us up. And that’s where my distinction between the surfboard and the
mountain bike comes in. This particular client loves to surf. She
lights up when she is on a surfboard. She learned to surf a few years ago and it’s something
that she knows is an integral part of her living in alignment with her truth. When she’s
on the surfboard, she feels a number of things. Empowered, she feels free, she feels like
she’s in control and she feels lit up. She literally comes alive when she’s on top of
her surfboard. Recently, she was given an opportunity to take a new position with a
new company. However, she wanted to stick it out in her current role, even though it’s
not something that is lighting her up. It’s what I call her mountain bike.
Now, she got into this role thinking it was going to be something different. Thinking
that the environment would be different and that the work she was going to be doing would
actually be lighting her up, but instead of her current rule of being her surfboard, it’s
ended up being her mountain bike. This thing that she actually resists getting on. When
I was in session with her, I made this distinction that the work that she wants to be doing should
feel like her honest surfboard. She should feel lit up, in control, confident and free.
She shouldn’t be feeling like she’s getting on a mountain bike. And by the way, the mountain
bike could be as a result of a variety of things. In this case, it’s as a result of
these specific tasks she’s being given to do as well as the environment in which she’s
working with. In other words, when I compared her current
role to a mountain bike, her immediate reaction was, “Oh no, I don’t like mountain bikes.”
I want her to be riding her surfboard, not dreading getting on the mountain bike.
If you were to say it from the crest of a wave on your surfboard, you’re saying it going,
“Yeah, I’m going to do my best, I’m going to launch this product and then I’m going
to go. And do you know what? I’m going to enjoy the process of waxing up the board,
I’m going to enjoy the process of saying my goodbyes before I run into the ocean, I’m
going to enjoy the process. I’m going to enjoy the steps that get me to the water.”
When it came time for her to make a decision to shift, she had to do some excavation as
to what’s keeping me on this mountain bike. Why do I feel obligated to ride the mountain
bike and not move toward riding my surfboard? When it came down to it, there was a lot of
stories that needed to be excavated about ideas, about being a quitter, about not seeing
something through, about disappointing other people and letting people down. All of these
stories that she had to unearth and excavate, those were the things that were keeping her
on her mountain bike, not the work itself. Once we uncovered that the things that were
keeping her on the mountain bike, this thing that she really didn’t like to write, by the
way, if you love mountain biking, maybe it’s flipped in reverse for you. You’d rather ride
the mountain bike than get on the surfboard. We all have our things.
But when we on earth and excavated that it was stories keeping her on the mountain bike
and not actually her commitment to the work that wasn’t lighting her up at all, things
became much clearer. And her decision to put an end date to her work with this particular
company so that she could move on to a surfboard became much more easeful. We were able to
excavate and unearth the stories, we were able to deconstruct them and work from a place
of truth. The moment she started working from a place of truth, I could see she was riding
her surfboard. So my question to you is whether it’s in your
relationships, in your work, whatever it is that you’re doing in your life, are you riding
your surfboard or your mountain bike? I’d love to know what you’re riding. Are you on
your surfboard feeling lit up, confident and in control every day or are you dreading getting
on that mountain bike? Leave a comment below. If you’re interested in doing deeper work
in a group coaching setting, I’d like to invite you to join us for The Inner Fire Membership
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and Thursday. Stay ignited out there and on your surfboard. I will see you soon. Bye.