Refresh and Reflect to Find What Motivates You

Last time, I wrote about how milestones such as graduations force us to consider what’s next and how when you get to our level there aren’t such obvious opportunities for such reflection.

ireland-cliffsWe have to build these opportunities into our lives. In a way, I am talking about periodically hitting the “pause button” on your everyday life and reflecting.

I find this difficult to do with the pressures of everyday life hanging over me. I do have a company to run after all. So, what my wife Susan and I like to do is always carve out time to get away physically (which leads to mentally) from home in the form of vacations. To that end, next week we’re off to Ireland to celebrate a milestone birthday she is reaching.

I am pretty excited about it. We all need to take a break to be introspective and take stock of what’s truly important in life. Of course, “career” will make that list, but will you realize you are happy with the status quo? Maybe upon some time away you realize you’re not really inspired by what you do, that you are just following the momentum from years before.

Taking this time out will allow you to reconnect with the family you go with, and it will allow you to view your career path with a clearer head. When you do this and find yourself thinking anything but “I can’t believe they pay me to do this!” you should ask yourself what would make you excited about going to work again. Once you have this answer you have the Next Great Next you should shoot for.

If you’d like help flushing out what’s important to you, when you get back from vacation, and how to make it happen for yourself, reach out and we’ll be there for you.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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