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Peace of mind or piece of the pie…
$2.63 for blueberry
Prices of pie per slice vary. A few factors contribute to the price- where it’s sold, ingredients used to prepare it, availability.
As the temperatures begin to change, pie becomes a staple in some households. But what about one slice, is it worth it to purchase?
Let’s say the company in question is the whole pie…we only want a piece…but just like with literal pie, there is a price…
The price we have to pay for just a piece of the pie. Not the whole pie, just a piece. A few factors determine the price we must pay for having it…
Where it’s sold…Is someone selling us a piece of something when we might be owed more? More importantly, have we given them the impression that a piece is all we are worth?
Ingredients used to prepare it…Who made the pie we long for a piece of? If someone has placed blood sweat and tears into their company, how willing are they to give up even a piece of it? More importantly what makes us think they’ll freely give it to us if we didn’t readily help make it?
Availability….How available are we to eat that piece of pie? Have the owners of the company asked us to be more available than we have the allowance to be? More importantly, are we biting off a bigger bite than we can chew?
All of these factors must be acknowledged.
Peace of mind…
Where it’s sold…We get to gauge the value of a priceless thing and sell it to ourselves with zero interest so to speak. Internally is the only place to purchase this priceless gift.
Ingredients used to prepare it… Again, our internal emotions, decisions, convictions, values…these ingredients will never hold their worth against us. They work together and create our peace…
Availability…peace of mind will never demand more of us than we can readily give. It will work in harmony with us at our core and exist around what we show it about ourselves.
All of these factors must be acknowledged. Now we can reflect and determine if a piece is worth our peace…can they coexist? If not, is having one worth sacrificing the other?
Full tank of gas or riding on fumes…
Let’s shift gears to our personal Career Trip…A full tank of gas in a literal car is reassuring, it gives us a sense of comfort when we look down and see that we have a large number of miles to go before we have to worry about refueling again.
Careerwise it’s very similar. Does our Career car drive differently when our arrow is on F…sure it does! We may drive through our Careers with confidence and self-assurance that we are in a comfortable lane. We take on more tasks and seem to master each one. We balance work and home life with the grace of a tightrope walker. Next thing we know a promotion is at our next Exit and we feel proud and passionate as we humbly accept!
What happens if that F doesn’t stand for Full, but stands for FUMES…when a literal car is said to be running on fumes, the fuel is low and it barely makes it to the gas station. We may panic and hope with all we have that we make it. The car may sputter, jerk, or even cut right off without warning.
Careerwise, it can happen. Does our Career car drive differently on fumes? Absolutely! We are barely making it from Monday to Friday…we can’t wait for the weekend and Sunday night is the hardest night ever for us. We dread the idea of going to work. We sputter- feeling low in energy, we jerk- lashing out at others with little cause, while not practicing much self-care, we feel like we could collapse at any moment from pure mental exhaustion and emptiness.
Where are we in our Career? Full or Fuming…only we can check our Career gas gauge for that answer. A key reminder is to be careful in our self-analysis here, the F can deceive us. Self-honesty is needed to help us be real when we peer into our gauge.
Power Steering or Cruise Control….
If we’ve ever driven a car with no power steering we know how difficult it is to maneuver! It actually takes a great deal of strength! The wheel barely turns, so we try our best to steer straight and avoid any curves, lefts or rights.
How easily does our Career steering operate? Is it extremely difficult to make any moves without having to flex muscles we never even knew we had? Is it a struggle to turn left or right without exhibiting extreme force to prove to others that our Career car needs to turn? Do we find ourselves thinking…IT SHOULD NOT BE THIS HARD!!…this hard to maneuver, this hard to change direction…
What about Cruise Control? If we are on the highway, no doubt at one point or another we’ve used it. For some, it’s a must so we don’t unknowingly speed and get a ticket we don’t want! For others, it’s nice to worry about one less thing while driving. It creates a place of comfort as we may take our foot off the gas and relax a bit.
What about a Career cruise? Can we cruise through our career path with ease and little worry? Absolutely! Career cruise is often set when we are in a relatively comfortable role and plan to be there for a while. A long career path creates the perfect place to determine the speed our career car needs to go, set it, and cruise right along. Maybe we are, or we know someone who has been doing their work for years and has it down to a science. It doesn’t interfere with anything else, it’s under control, it’s set and measured, it’s comfortable.
Mindfulness is needed with this though, as cruise does not automatically stop if need be. We must press the brakes and signal the cruise to pause. Careful consideration is needed to ensure we don’t cruise so much and for so long that we forget to brake and take a break. Cruise control is not absolute control. We still must direct our Career in a way that shows we know the importance of breaking.
As adults, we spent half our lives at work. Something that we give so much of our time to, should never be so hard…we can analyze if repair is needed by reflecting on changes we made or wanted to make at work.
How were they received, how did we feel during it? Not saying it should have been easy…but was it sincerely difficult?
We can use those answers to reach the destination of determination…we may need power steering fluid for our Career. On the other end, cruise control should never take complete control of our Careers. Cruising along can make us less alert of other traffic, less inclined to brake when necessary- slamming into what’s in front of us. We can measure the difficulty and ease of our Career travels and act accordingly…
Stability versus stalling.….
Why does a car’s engine stall out? The word stall is the same literally and in-vehicle speak—to delay in taking action. To not go when expected. To take an unexpected pause with no movement.
An engine stall is never fun and can either happen when we go to start our vehicle or stall unexpectedly. Is it possible for our Career to stall? Absolutely. We could pause with no movement and not shift into any gear due to stalling out. How?
By allowing ourselves to remain stagnant in a role we do not love and does not love us. Stalled, we sit on the side of our career road, not moving, going nowhere fast.
A stable vehicle looks and feels differently than a stalled one. Stability comes when our vehicle is balanced and aligned according to our road. There are numerous features that can be set on a literal vehicle to adapt it to the road we are traveling on.
Could we confuse stalling with stability? Possibly. But let’s look more closely at this.
If we are stalled in what we may believe is a stable career, we might need to look through our windshield again.
Are we sitting idly by, waiting to move, or are we moving smoothly over the terrain we find ourselves on careerwise? Our answer will determine if we are stable or stalling. We can analyze this and find out what we need to do to stay stable or stop stalling.
Many of us find ourselves at a Career Crossroads…may we choose which way to go wisely, always meeting ourselves in the middle…
Take good care!!
Coach Teena Marie