Perhaps it happened to you: When you started, all you knew was success. You moved quickly. People talked about you. Potential was high; you could see yourself in roles beyond the traditional. It all seemed easy.
With success came new responsibilities, and with those, big experiences – and bigger expectations. And somewhere, somehow, things got cluttered. The simplicity faded; opportunities faded.
Until you found yourself here: perhaps the most important decision you’ll make in a career. What will you believe? Perhaps you weren’t as good as you thought. Or maybe there’s a conspiracy of forces unseen that, no matter how hard you push, keep you in the same spot. Day after day.
Possibly, though, there’s another explanation. Life hasn’t changed. There remain as many (if not more) opportunities as before. What’s changed is your focus. Where once you were eager to ask “How do I?” it somehow slipped to “Darn, how did I?” And if this misguided focus is the reason you’ve lost inspiration, then this centering of attention allows us to reclaim what we truly want to experience.
By the way: Those who can’t master this type of focus will attempt to persuade you to succumb to the oblivion of their misery. They’ll encourage you to quit. Your success is a reminder of their failure.
Tip your hat to them, and carry on. There’s a band of like-minded achievers waiting to welcome you.