We talk about your path all the time at Human Workplace, so let’s talk about your path right now.
The idea of your path is simple.
We are born and when we are tiny, we step onto a path. It’s your life path. It includes your life at home, your friends and activities, your interests and talents and challenges and everything that happened to you along the way.
You become an adult and your path keeps moving forward, but now it includes grownup things like a job, a dwelling, commitments and obligations and all the joys and burdens that come with adulthood. Your career is a big part of your path once you are an adult.
Whether or not you get paid for it, you do various things. You don’t sit in the corner and stare at the ceiling all day. You are out and about. You are working or going to school or job-hunting or retired or building a business.
You are on your path!
We talk about your path because most of us were not taught as kids that we get to choose where to go in our lives. A lot of us learned that you get a job and keep the job as long as you can and call it good. We don’t necessarily believe that we get to design the lives we want and have the careers we want.
It’s fun to think about your life as a path that you stepped onto when you learned to walk and that will carry you through your life. The image of a path brings up all kinds of stimulating and useful ideas.
If your life is a path, you can climb up on a hillside and look down at your path. You can stop and admire the distance you’ve traveled already. You can recall and reflect on the obstacles you’ve overcome and the funny things that happened along your path.
You can look ahead and decide where your path should lead.
That’s why we are here — to move down our paths in the direction we choose, at the pace we choose, in the conveyance we choose or on foot (or wings, if we like) and in the manner we select.
It’s your path. It’s up to you where it goes and how it gets there.
Thinking about your life and career as a path might stimulate new ideas for you. What’s your first reaction to the idea that you have a path and you get to decide where it goes?