You went to college or trade school, specialized and set your career and life path pretty early on. 20 years later you are still in your lane, doing what you do because it’s what you went to school for and were passionate about 20 years ago. You have invested in your employer, career and are “following the plan” to retirement. And yet……. Something in the back of your mind and heart are prompting you to get out of your lane and do something different…… Something more. But wait!! Is that jumping out of the flow?
Here is the really simple, direct answer: NO. Staying in your lane when your heart, soul and passion are steering you in a different direction is 100% being in the flow. THE REAL FLOW. Not the flow society, your employer, your family and your expectations say it should be. That’s just staying in your lane so you don’t disturb others with your wants and desires. Listening to your heart and following your passion even if its contrary to what you were taught about how you should directionally manage your life is in fact staying in the flow of who you are meant to be.
Personally, I have had a very fruitful and fulfilling corporate career. I have people reach out for mentorship and advise on how to get as far as I have as a woman and a person of color in a predominately male dominated industry. I am humbled by the opportunities I have had and grateful for the experience. However, I am a very different person from that 21 year old that started out having lofty goals for my career. I want more and THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT!!! More for me means following my entrepreneurial spirit, surrounding myself with a group that supports my values and my value. Being true to myself, re-evaluating what fulfills me will lead me to a richer live. I believe this for myself and for you. So, here is the plan I follow to get to where I am meant to be and not necessarily stay in the lane society thinks I belong in:
So, are you in the flow or just staying in your lane? Where do you belong?