“Jena. I don’t know what I want to do with my life. I haven’t found my dream job. I’m miserable in my current job. I’m also pretty sure all these loans I’ve accumulated were such a waste because I’m not even using my degree. Help!!!”
If I made a dollar every time someone asked me that..oh wait.
But in all seriousness, I get this question at least once a day in my coaching practice. And if you’re anything like my clients, you probably share their sentiment. You’re frustrated because this career you envisioned for yourself has taken hairpin after hairpin turn, you’re underpaid and now you’re questioning whether it was worth it to get into so much debt.
I get it, I really do. I went through something similar. But I’m going to tell you, what I’m telling them:
It’s all going to be okay. Your career is not a sprint, but a marathon. And yes, you’re going to hit some hurdles along this way and this may in fact be one of them. But you cannot give up or lose sight of the finish line. Like in a marathon, you don’t the turns of the course but you do have a vision for the goal.
Stop looking at your career like it’s do or die now. Like you need to reach the finish line before you even know what that looks like. Instead, see every opportunity as a learning experience, where you can discover more of what makes you tick, what you value and how you want to provide value to others.
And don’t worry if you don’t have it all figured out. I promise you – nobody does. That’s the beauty of it.
Your Career is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
July 12, 2016