‘To set my coordinates’ – my client, when asked what had been valuable in our time together today.
I never used to set any coordinates (usually I sort of fell into opportunities) or if I did set them they were often set by tradition or expectation because it’s ‘what everyone does’.
I’ve always fought against traditional expectations. 😂
My favourite question. My English literature teacher at A level was not happy by my continual questioning of why her interpretation had to be THE interpretation.
Why does it have to be that way?
In life, in career it often doesn’t. It’s expected that it will be, and that’s all. Expected.
I don’t want to live my life by someone else’s expectations of what I’m going to do next. I don’t want to make my life small because tradition says that’s what you do. I don’t want to make choices that aren’t aligned with what I really want or who I really am because someone else says that’s not how it’s done.
I want to align with my own coordinates and my own choices.
It’s not always comfortable and it can sometimes feel lonely, especially if you don’t have the support of others on the journey. And it is SO worth it to create your own path!! It’s why I’ve found it so incredibly helpful to work with various different coaches over the last few years to support me in setting and aligning my own coordinates to make the choices I want to make for me, for my family, and for our future. It’s not selfish, it’s necessary to step out into the big beyond.
Set your coordinates.