Community//

Assessing the Foundation of You

When was the last time you took a look at each facet of your life?

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

From your career to your family to your feelings about your personal and professional development, it’s important to take honest stock of where you are so you can actively decide how you want your career and life to look.

I believe that when we walk into our jobs, we walk in as a whole person; we don’t split ourselves off at the office door. To move forward in our careers we need to assess all the pieces of our life so that we know where our energy is going and where imbalances exist.

And that starts with knowing your values and preferences and then using that knowledge to assess where you are now and where you want to be. Do you often feel like you’re in the same place after change and you’re just as unhappy for all the same reasons? This may be because you haven’t asked yourself some crucial questions, these being:

Who Are You?

What do you value? What’s important to you? What do you stand for? Let’s say that family is at the top of your list. Some organizations understand the importance of family and it shows up as flexible schedules, time-off culture, and working remotely.

What Do You Like?

What don’t you like? Do you prefer large organizations, or small? Do you enjoy being part of a close-knit community? Or is variety and autonomy more your thing?

What Do You Want?

When looking at job descriptions ask yourself, “How does this translate into my daily life?” Most people assume that you need to adjust your life around your career. After all, this is what is and has been the common path, but inertia isn’t a reason to take a job. Do you want to work close to home? Are you okay with being connected 24/7? Do you like to travel? Being intentional with what you want in your career allows you to set new boundaries and expectations for yourself, your family, and your career.

What Have You Accomplished?

What are you most proud of and enjoy doing? Keep in mind that accomplishments aren’t just promotions. Taking the time and space to evaluate what accomplishments meant to you and how they integrate into your career and life is essential to getting to the core of who you are and what you like.

In order to get to the core of who you are and what you want you’re going to be relentlessly honest with yourself. You’re going to have to ask yourself how you are showing up. Not how you want to show up, or how you wish you would show up, but as you actually are.

Remember, the key to figuring out the next step in your career and life is to identify the foundation of YOU. Whether it’s a job you’re no longer fulfilled in, a commitment you’re no longer passionate about, or complete burn-out across all categories—knowing the landscape will always help you build a brighter, stronger future.

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Maskot / Getty Images
Wisdom//

Working Parents Should Stop Net-work-ing and Start Net-life-ing

by Stew Friedman, Alyssa F. Westring
Get a roadmap for your own success!
Community//

These 21 Questions Are Guaranteed to Make You More Successful

by Colette Nichol
Community//

How To Know If And When You’re Being Too Hard On Yourself

by Kathy Caprino

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.