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A career path can be a smooth clear ride or a mountainous trek during a blizzard. We all have a plan in our minds of where we want to go, how far we want to climb the corporate ladder, and how much money we’d like to make. We think those things will bring gratification and happiness. And in the short term, it does! But when we reach a certain age, some of us think about how we spent our years working and wonder if we did the right thing. I have 4 simple ways to make sure you reach gratification during your working years.

What Ralph says

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson was written on a whiteboard when I was in college. I was a little confused because for me my thought process was that college was to teach me how to walk down the path, how to survive, and thrive on the path already made.

To make my own path sounded absurd. Why would I do that when there’s a path already made?

Reality hits

When I graduated college (20+ years ago) I couldn’t find a job in my major. As I said, back then I was the type of person who liked to follow the process. But the process wasn’t working according to my plan. Ironically I felt alone but was far from it. CNBC states, “51 percent of graduates from the classes of 2014 and 2015 said they are working in jobs that do not require their college degree…”

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The hope for correction

Here’s the hope: when we are on the wrong path, God will correct us IF we ask Him. Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

He will instruct by a whisper, words through a person, His Word, or an event. He will point when we are ready to see.

My redirect was an event. I suffered through a harsh pregnancy and miraculously gave birth to a healthy baby. This certainly opened my eyes!

A new meaning of career path

My perspective transformed from wanting a step by step career path, to wanting to be ME again. I wanted my child to see ME, the person who is passionate about her dreams, and not a rat raced woman to be seen only from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If there is one thing I can give this world, it’s a child who knows his mom.

4 simple ways to a fulfilling career path:

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  • Proactively seek a relationship with God every day. Reading a daily devotional is a great way to go about this. A devotional gives you a quick verse, a short paragraph of interpretation or related story, and a simple prayer. What devotional to get? I personally have found nourishment in Jesus Calling or Trusting God Day by Day.
  • Make peace with past decisions, and see how they helped rather than deterred. One activity I’ve to help me see the positives out of not so positive jobs and decisions are to write down what good came out of it. Was it being more organized? Standing up for myself? Learning that I didn’t like it? Understanding what kind of people I work well with? What kind of work environment I thrive or die in? There is always something we can learn from any experience. When we write those down we’ll remember and know what to look for in our next step.
  • Never lose sight of what you want. Keeping our eyes focused on our end goals leads the way. Yes, there are going to be obstacles, but just because it gets hard, it doesn’t mean you give up. Create a vision board so you have something physical to reference to and look at every day. You can get instructions on how to make a vision board in my Freebies.
  • Practice bravery. Bravery has a lot to do with what you’re telling yourself. Make sure you’re telling yourself things you need to hear to move forward. Again, head to Freebies to check out 67 of my top favorite affirmations.

We’re here to make trails, not to follow ones.

Christy Troy

A question for you

Let me ask you a question: What does your career path look like according to your happiness?

Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” It’s in this context that helped me get back to being a pioneer of my own path. Just remember there is no ‘right’ way to go about our career path. When people tell you to go about it in a certain way, think of those ways as suggestions.

Joyce Meyer, Christian author, says, “Your priority is NOT to keep everyone else in your life happy by doing all the things they expect; it is to live a life that is pleasing to God and one that you can enjoy.”

In closing

My path got pushed, pulled, twisted, and stretched in some directions that made me stronger yet in other tracks made me wonder if God was trying to steer me to where I am today. Adjusting my path to sync with my drive to be a stay-at-home-mom has been a priceless journey.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wasn’t talking about how to climb the corporate ladder, he was talking about your wellbeing. Your unique path is a journey based on bravery, faith, and being true to yourself. Explore your existence; listen for direction, and create new ways to make a path.

By CT Copyright © 2017 More Than Existence All Rights Reserved.

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