Why is it so hard to say what you want to be when you grow up? Too few of us really listen to what’s in our brains, in our hearts, in our souls. Too few of us take the time to understand what matters to us. Too few of us find the words and actually say what we want.
Way back in my high school graduation year book, we were asked two career questions: My response was: “Wants to Be” “President of General Motors” and “Probably will Be” “Parking cars.” Now after more than a half century, I do live in the heart of the auto industry in Metro Detroit and personally coach executives, including those within the automotive industry.
When is the last time you allowed yourself to dream, to let your imagination take you for a ride? When is the last time you seriously thought about who you want to be before your time is up?
It is altogether possible that you are perfectly happy and you are personally and professionally fulfilled with a fully-developed plan for your future. If so, that’s terrific, but then this process may not be for you. It’s hard. It’s messy. It’s uncomfortable.
If tonight you had three hours to spend with your best friend, personal coach or mentor talking about nothing but you—your hopes, your dreams, your aspirations—do you know what you would talk about? Remember, this is all about you. It’s not about your kids or your family or your dog, just you. What do you want? Where are you going? Who do you want to be? Are you prepared to have that conversation?
My best guess is no.
Self-coaching books for career women:
Women, Know Thyself: The most important knowledge is self-knowledge. (ebook and paperback edition)
Women and Time (ebook and paperback edition)
When Doing It All Won't Do: A self-coaching guide for career women. (ebook edition $0.99, Workbook Edition in paperback )
More Self-Coaching Books in ebook or paperback editions: