February 7th, 2018: Let’s schedule a date with yourself

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Are you free on Friday night? If not, do you have plans on Sunday morning? Okay, so then, perhaps you would have a couple of hours to spare next Wednesday or Thursday?

The internal monologue and peer pressure that comes with New Year’s resolutions should have subsided by now, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you are impatiently anticipating or viscerally dreading the occasion, here’s a suggestion: why don’t you schedule a career date with yourself? You know, the butterflies kind, the type of encounter where everything seems fresh and stories are told in the best possible light, and you reminisce about the maps, shortcuts and detours that got you to today.

We sometimes need to take a step back to take two steps forward. Ask yourself: has your career stagnated in the last 10 years, and are you okay with that? Alternatively, have you perhaps sprinted through promotions, chasing a moving target, and are you okay with that? Have you sought balance, and are you closer to achieving it? Are you anchored, confident, dare I say it – fulfilled?

As we continue exploring the theme of fulfillment in this year’s column, and having just closed our Organizational Culture and Personal Fit series, we invite you to share with us what’s on your mind. What is the soundtrack to this self-reflection for you? And while we’re on the topic of sharing, what topics would you like to dig deeper into as you travel to your destination perusing this paper and holding your latte, backpack or briefcase? Write to us, reach out on LinkedIn, let us likewise partake in the enchantment and self-doubt that may shadow your professional paths.

In the meantime, do take a moment for yourself. An indulgent afternoon over hot chocolate, a hike or a skating adventure, a mini road trip – whatever you pick, let self-reflection meet the flow of creativity as you step out of your routine. Decisions, perspective, energy levels, even physical and mental health all stand to gain from the re-anchoring that comes with occasional question marks. And once again, remember that obstacles are always proportional to our ambitions, so setbacks are in fact a positive sign that you are aiming higher.

Looking forward to reading from you!

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Read this article as originally published in French in 24heures Montreal.

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