- Somewhere along the line, it became the Australian norm to believe that work has to be a struggle, a burden of duty, and the death knell to a balanced life. When you find the work you love, struggles become challenges and opportunities; your work becomes a positive and fully integrated part of your balanced life (an essential piece of the things that make up you and your life); you experience sufficient moments of joy, gratification and contentment in your work to outweigh the inevitable hassles, bad days and troublesome people.
- The naysayers lose their grip on your psyche. You become less concerned about the negativity/fears/doubts/criticisms of those who believe they have the right to give counsel. You become more comfortable with moving away from conformity and following your own path. The negativity, fear, doubt and criticism may still be present in those around you – yet you are not impacted by it to the same extent; it no longer makes you hesitate and falter.
- At times you experience fear, loneliness, self-doubt; you diminish your accomplishments and second-guess your decisions; you occasionally wake at 3a.m. with the weight of the world on your shoulders – yet, you keeping doing the work you do, and it feels good to be absorbed and to lose yourself in your work.
So next time you experience a dose of self-doubt, acknowledge the skills and talents you have and don’t continually compare yourself to others. Surround yourself with like-minded women on a similar path. Keep looking forward and with every step move towards cultivating the work you love and building your career around it.
“Everyone has been made for some particular work and their desire for that work has been put in his or her heart.” Rumi