2. Do something that’s never been done
Several mornings a week, I go for a run to clear my head and set my intention for the day. On my morning run, I set my playlist on shuffle and hit the mark. Some songs, a series of Coldplay songs went into the mix. Maybe it was my reflective frame of mind, but in many of the songs, I heard truisms that make a lot of sense in the context of work life. Here are five that caught my attention:
1. “You think you’ll never be able to get it right. But you’re wrong. You probably will.”
At one time or another, each of us suffers from self-doubt. Especially in moments of uncertainty or after a professional stumble or mishap, the ever-ready script of “not good enough” or “I’ll never do it right” is replayed in our minds.
While firm and reassuring, this voice in us – fearful, self-protective and insistent – is wrong. When self-doubt strikes, take a moment to reflect on the things that are right in your life, whether it’s relationships, an exercise you do consistently, or going back to school later in life. If you’re completely honest with yourself, you’ll probably discover two things: one is that you’ve gotten it right many times before, and second, you’ll get it again. If not today then maybe tomorrow. or next week.
The odds are in your favor.
2. “Do something that’s never been done.”
I’ll add something that’s never been done through you, Take a Chance: Even small actions can have immense power in reminding you that life is bigger than our routines and comfort zones.
These actions can include anything outside of your normal day-to-day life, such as taking a walk through an unfamiliar neighborhood, going to a networking event alone, or reaching out to someone in your past whom you have used to make a positive impact on you. Didn’t thank you properly. Be curious Be open to new places, opportunities to use your skills in different contexts, and opinions or ideas from people outside your usual suspects.
3. “If you never try, you’ll never know.”
(Song: speed of sound,
When offered to try something new, my knee-jerk retreat is usually hesitation. What if I get it wrong? What if I hate it? What if I look like an idiot? Equally possible but not as quick to surface: What if I like it? What if it’s more fun than it looks? What if it opens me up to a whole new community of people?
Seriously, if you don’t try, you’ll never know. And remember, there’s no need for mastery or perfection, just an open mind and a willingness to explore.
4. “You don’t have to be on your own.”
(Song: a message,
None of us need to abandon friends, family or communities of peers, colleagues or acquaintances as we take steps towards our aspirations. the opposite is true. There are people in both likely and unlikely parts of your life who can and will offer advice, contacts, access to tools or technology, or metaphorical hand holding, a “been there” sounding board when the path is unclear.
Reach out, and allow those who care about you to.
5. “You’ll go backward, but then you’ll go forward.”
(Song: twisted logic,
There are obstacles in every journey. Getting fired, getting turned down for the job you were in the running for, losing the trust of people you once counted among your allies… or maybe a promised opportunity never materializes. The potential to learn and rise is far greater than to fall and get up again, and everyone, no matter what they have to offer the world, deals with loss, disappointment, frustration, and heartbreak.
Sometimes, the only way to move forward is to take a step back, some taken willingly and some forced upon us. Often in retreat a new path reveals itself.
Throughout your working life, many things will challenge you as you break out of patterns and behaviors that come with looking for a new job, career, or calling. Take advice wherever you can. Who knows… something in your playlist just might be the perfect guide to get you through today’s trials and tomorrow’s sense of wonder, accomplishment, and success.