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First of all, there is nothing wrong with being in a thinking phase.
You might have left your position, or been fiddling for a while to move on. Uncertainty is crippling you. You want to reshape your contribution for a better world, but you want to do it your way. Only you haven’t found THE way yet.
The direction is uncertain, so you start learning new stuff. And more stuff.
You set up virtual coffees but people still can’t get your strengths as a specialist generalist or why on earth you’d believe your experience and knowledge are transferrable.
Then there is your context: for some, opportunities feel scarce. At first sight, the place you are in hasn’t got many options for you to deploy your positive social impact wings and you feel isolated, somehow.
So you think, let me create my own thing, or put my mark on this approach… But what?
In our interactive House of Trust conversation with friends on Linkedin, my guest Katie Brown and I asked ourselves the question:
“What do we feel is stopping us from feeling relevant, fulfilled or focused, and from expanding our positive impact?”
We discussed which thoughts and avenues we can take to gradually move out of this “episode”…
Some of them are listed here… What do you think?
- A transition is a discovery journey
- Notice/ journal what drives you, what you hear yourself and others saying that resonates or drives you away
- How are you showing up in the world, knowing that the world does change as well? What you know of yourself in a new context will produce something different.
- In this new context, what can you do to be of service (purpose…)
- Give yourself the permission to test and move in incremental steps
- Maybe set a date… (it can feel scary sometimes but it does allow for progress measurement and learning)
- Nothing is permanent or binary
- At what point will you know you are no longer your own startup? No longer bootstrapping, feeling you’ve launched yourself onto the next stage…
- Understand the difference between content (themes that drive you) and processes (the technical skills you are brilliant in and that help others to fulfil their mission…)
- You don’t always have to be at the front lines, being a servant leader is also an option.
- If you love to accumulate meetings, resources, and training sessions, be gentle with yourself and set up boundaries… There are only so many coffees you can drink and/or PhDs/certifications you can accumulate. With the collected wisdom of a few connections, maybe try one little thing you didn’t do before and evaluate…
- Have a thinking partner to share your journey with, someone who won’t interfere with your thinking, but will just be there for you and listen to you to help you ignite your journey. You will be surprised how much you already know and which of your assumptions serve or don’t serve you …
oh and.. what does your transition look like, a corridor or a crossroad? Something else?
If this topic resonates, let’s chat!
My vision: A world where, through individual & collective intelligence development, we are in the position to tell ourselves, this planet and all of its living components: “You matter”.