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Find fulfillment after career success
August 21, 2017, 12:12 pm

When you hit a significant milestone in your career or business, you take a moment to reflect. You are secure, have a cash safety net, or are driving your dream car. But if you listen to yourself when it’s quiet and you’re not on the go, you just might think, "I thought I'd be happier, but I'm not.”

What do you do after you have reached most of your goals and milestones you strived to achieve? Most would want to set bigger and bolder goals. This rinse-and-repeat process will likely work for most people for their entire lives, and that is great — for them.  But if you find it difficult to enjoy your success,  push the pause button and assess how and why you feel that way.

Have a framework:  Make a list of things you have always wanted to do but never had the time. For example, learn how to play an instrument, take sailing lessons, or learn how to paint. Try to implement some creative and physical activities. Pick two-to-three items maximum. You can always go back to the other items on your list.

Hire a coach to guide you through the process:  Yoga and meditation instructors as well as a life coach can help you work on yourself and find that missing meaning in your life.  Build your support network around you so that you set yourself up for success.

Don’t overbook yourself: If you find yourself saying that you are busy all the time, stop for a moment to think about why this is your auto-response, and seek to rectify it as you require some social time to be friendly with other women. Find other friends or colleagues with the freedom in their schedule as well. It's great having impromptu long lunches or last-minute trips out of town. Most importantly, re-connect with friends and family for more meaningful and deeper connections.

Challenge yourself to grow:  Happiness is a byproduct of action. Now that you have career success, take steps towards fulfillment by engaging in the never-ending process of self-improvement.

Remain open to new thoughts and ideas, stay hungry for knowledge, and practice what you preach. You can always become a better professional and a better person.


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