In an often chaotic and fast-paced life, where time is at a premium, we may not take quality time for self-discovery and reflection. Periodically, it is important to hit the ‘pause button’ and take stock of our journey. Inspired by others, I recently hitched on a backpack and took a hike to reflect on some questions for my career renewal.

  • What is my purpose and direction?
  • What talents and skills do I want to leverage?
  • What are my dreams (and hopes)?
  • How can I do more of what I truly enjoy?

First rule for renewal: There is no right or wrong ‘way’ for your renewal – it is your journey. You do not need a backpack, or exotic locale, but you do need a spot that is conducive for self-discovery and quality time. Keep in mind, the questions to reflect on are highly individualized – one size does not fit all. Ask yourself: What questions would be inspirational for me to contemplate?

 Other precepts for a renewal:

  • Think about the people that have supported, nurtured, guided, listened to you or taught you valuable lessons. Let them know how they made a difference to you and your career.
  • Revisit your values – the things that ‘matter most’ to you in your life (examples: work/life balance, wellness, recognition, relationships or family). Use your values to help you make career decisions and set goals.
  • You are never too old and it is never too late to realize your dreams. Don’t let your dreams get lost along the way.
  • The speed of your renewal is not important – what is most important is your commitment.
  • You know you’re on the right track when you become less interested in looking back – and more energized and excited about the steps forward.
  • Take stock of what will help you be successful in implementing renewal plans. Recognize any barriers or obstacles such as a time commitment.
  • Make it happen – don’t wish it would happen. If you never go after what you want, you’ll never have it.

One final thought — pushing the ‘pause button’ requires a willingness to consider changes. Know yourself – and the risks you are willing to take.  Are you willing to leave your comfort zone? It may make all the difference in your career journey – it did for me.

“She did it with all her heart and prospered.” – 2 Chronicles