It is hard to understand what people mean–when they say conflicting things.
I want to go to grad school, or travel, but we don't get off the couch.
I want to win the lottery but never buy tickets
I want more but I don't want to do more
I want to meet my soul mate but don't want to meet anyone
I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. Robert McCloskey
I meet a lot of people who confess things to me about their careers. And in that moment of honesty they say confusing things. Things that come from different sides of their mouths. I get to know in that instant the doubter and the doer, the courageous and the cowardly, the fearless and the fearful.
What I want to be and what I really want to be
What I hope to be and what I have to be
What I tell my parents and what I tell myself
Love people but not personnel
Enjoy selling but not sales
Value diversity, but no amongst my friends
Like change (read variety) but not change management
Love risk but want a guaranteed salary and retirement
Want new experiences but only the ones I choose
March Hare: …Then you should say what you mean.
Alice: I do; at least – at least I mean what I say — that's the same thing, you know.
Hatter: Not the same thing a bit!
Pick your storyline and stick to it. Your story is all you got. Who you are and where you are going. Impossible to get help from anyone or make connections when your storyline is untold, inconsistent, or worse, conflicting.
Why do we take jobs we don't want, to impress people we don't like, to buy things we don't want? Deepak Chopra
Because we get distracted and settle for what looks good, or what others tell us or what just happens. Because we are NOT pursuing what WE want.
Time is meaningless to those who say things they don't mean. And in the meantime, time marches on and as Les Brown says, ..You fall behind in your bills and your dreams…..
We look to find our lives by exploring the new. We look for inspiration from other people's lives. Yet our inspiration is within us.
This is where mentoring and self reflection can be transformational. Making sure you know your story by telling it to yourself and to others you trust. To get feedback and direction.
We are creatures of habit who have thoughts and goals that often don't align with our actions. Either we have to wake up to these conflicts or we have to get help in understanding them.
Speak your possibilities. Eric Saperston
And if you do speak with your heart you will make connections to yourself and the world around you. The sooner you close one side of your mouth, the sooner you will have a clear idea of what you have to do to become who you are.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go…” Dr Seuss, Oh the Places You Will Go……
Thanks for reading. John