This week, April 3-10th, we are taking note of where we are in our lives and where we want to go. This type of judgement-free evaluation is incredibly important, whether we have a career, are searching for a career, or have closed that chapter of our lives. This week is all about re-evaluating where we see ourselves, now and in the future.
It is easy for many of us lose focus of our overarching goals in the day-to-day life. This week is our opportunity to take a step back and look at how far we’ve come, while also seeing if this is exactly where we want to be.
We don’t need to have a career in order to do this type of analysis, however, our careers are where many of us get stuck. We settle into the day to day tasks, hurdles, and benefits so much so that we lose track of what we wanted to accomplish and where we wanted to go with this career in the first place. How can we get un-stuck? We can start by merely putting our focus onto where we are.
In order for us to move forward in a positive direction, we must first look to what we are doing now and see what we like and where we would like to feel changes. To find where we might fit best, we should analyse our own values, interests, personality traits, and skills. In seeing where our strengths lie, where we would like to grow, and situations we might like to avoid, we can confidently move from a space of self-knowledge.
No matter what point we are at in our lives, we can all use some re-alignment and re-evaluation now and then. This week is a perfect chance to begin fresh, to do some research into ourselves, and ask the harder questions we may have been avoiding. We can build upon the aspects in our lives that make us happy and alter those that deplete our energy. We get to make these decisions. So how can we start this process?
We can start by taking a deeper look into what we want in our lives and then prioritise these aspects.
Spend as much time as you can doing something that you love- make it a regular practice to do something that fuels you. This is primarily for you, it does not necessarily need to involve anyone else. Do more of what makes you happy.
Surround yourself with people who want to be happy- it might sound a little strange, but this is important. Many of us might notice how content those around us are to be unhappy. It’s time to distance ourselves from this kind of behaviour and bring in people who are seeking joy as much as you are!
Set the personal goals that will get you to where you want to be- this re-evaluation week isn’t just for your career, it’s also for looking at how you feel about your personal life! Are there aspects you don’t feel completely happy in? What would you like to see more of? Give yourself the space to set these goals now!
Stay in the moment whenever you can- resist the urge to be on auto-pilot. Look around, this is the only day like today we’ll ever get. Are you living it to its fullest? What would you do differently if you could?
Start to forgive yourself and others- when we begin to allow ourselves forgiveness, we also begin to see the beauty in the “mistakes.” We can see ourselves and one another in our perfectly imperfect nature, which brings us much closer together, in a more truthful and accepting way. Those decisions we might see as mistakes, we can now see as the lessons we needed to learn.
Look at setbacks as opportunities to grow- life is all about perspective. When we change how we think and feel about what was negative in our lives, we open to the positives that came out of those situations. We can even, at times, begin to feel grateful for our hardships, for teaching us these lessons and pushing us to grow.
Focus on what is important to you- no matter what we do or how successful we may be, our careers and our lives will never be truly fulfilling if we are making our decisions for others. We must look at what we need as individuals and not feel that this is a selfish act. In caring for ourselves, we allow ourselves to truly care for others. When we build our lives from self-love and self-care, we will then be able to care for others out of love, not obligation or resentment.
This week, make sure to give yourself the space to take a step back and to listen to yourself. This life is truly yours, are you living it how you really want? Is your career as fulfilling as it could be? Are you headed where you want to go? Remember to be caring with yourself in asking these questions and remember that each hurdle is a chance to step up, to forgive, and to grow.
Let us know how you’ll be using this week for self-reflection in the comments below!