“What are you working toward?“
- What am I working toward in my career?”
- What areas of my work do I feel like I’m building something of value?
- What are the areas where I am having an impact/making a difference in ways that are meaningful for me?
If answers come easily and you feel good about your direction and the actions that you are taking, then take this moment to feel appreciation and gratitude for being in your career flow!
If answering those questions are more of a challenge for you, then you have a great opportunity in front of you. You have the chance to begin connecting with your career flow. You can also use these questions as a great tool to reconnect with your life’s work when you get caught up in the hustle and bustle and lose sight of what you’re really working toward.
FINDING YOUR CAREER FLOW
I discovered the benefit of this line of career flow questioning after graduating with my masters degree and not having a clue about my next professional steps. As I was sitting in front of my computer one day, it hit me that I needed something “to work toward.” However, I had no idea what that “something could or would be.”
With that question in mind, I started searching the internet using keywords related to things that I had interest: psychology, training, career, coaching, personal development, education, etc. Within an hour, I had an answer. I discovered a career development facilitator training program that peaked my interest and that I knew would be a great next step for me.
Since that time, the question “What are you working toward?” has presented itself to me repeatedly. When that particular question surfaces, as it did a couple of week ago, I know that it’s time to get clear once more with myself about what exactly I’m doing with my life…to make sure that I’m still in my own career flow.
Flow, a concept proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi of the positive psychology movement, is defined as ” the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. According to Csíkszentmihályi, flow is completely focused motivation (source wikipedia.org).” Career flow is about being engaged in, invested in, and committed to directing your professional path.
STAYING IN YOUR CAREER FLOW
How easy is it for you to lose your sense of direction, to lose your sense of motivation as you get caught up in the every day aspects of your job or life? If you’re like me and most people, it’s very easy. So, periodically answering career flow questions is essential to protecting and strengthening your sense of career well-being.
For your own sanity, you need to work toward something that’s meaningful to you. If you feel like your current work or employment is a dead-end, is sucking you dry, or are bored with it, ask yourself “What am I working toward?” or “What can I work toward?” Your efforts will be rewarded as you find needed clarity, discover some next steps, and generate the motivation you need to recharge your professional life.
Also, take a look at what circumstances or concerns are dominating your thoughts and consider if you need to shift your priorities and the energy and time you’re devoting toward specific activities. It’s too easy to get swept away in someone else’s plans when you don’t take the time to find and stay connected with your own.