Imagine that you are a plant – perhaps an Azalea – you are sitting there with the bright sun beating down on you, however the soil is dry; it’s alkaline and lacking any goodness. It might be sunny – but this doesn’t make you happy. What you really enjoy is lovely moist, well-drained, acid soil.
What do you think will happen to you if left in that environment?
You’d loose your colour, the leaves will turn yellow and droop and lose their shine; the flowers will fall off; you will wilt and get sick.
This is how a client described herself at a workshop I was running yesterday. She was working in an environment that made her miserable, she had lost her confidence, felt she has no skills. She was just like that plant – in the wrong soil. In fact, this was her own metaphor.
Many of us just fall into a career – with little thought as to whether it’s the right environment for us. We cope; we struggle up the corporate ladder – knowing that it’ll lead us perhaps to more money – but more stress and less happiness. The more stress can easily lead to illness, “dis-ease”. Is that how life should be?
Imagine that you are gently pulled up from your soil and put into the right environment. It might seem a bit scary at first; you might have felt safe in that uncomfortable environment. However, very quickly, you realise that you can spread your roots, you can feel the energy flowing within you, you start to blossom. And how would that be for you?
If you feel like that plant in the wrong soil and struggling, maybe it’s the right time now to discover what the right environment and career is for you so that you can flourish.
Glows Coaching works with many professionals to discover the right career for them. This can either be on an individual basis or in a workshop environment. Click here to find out more about 1:2:1 coaching and Career Transition Workshop or phone Lindsey on 01832 280168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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