GUEST POST from Mike Shipulski
If you don’t know why you’re doing what you’re doing, you can try to remember why you started the whole thing or you can do something else. Either can remedy things, but how do you choose between them? If you’ve forgotten your “why”, maybe it’s worth forgetting or maybe something else temporarily came up that pushed your still-important why underground for a short time. If it’s worth forgetting, maybe it’s time for something else. And if it’s worth remembering, maybe it’s time to double down. Only you can choose.
If you still remember why you’re doing what you’re doing, you can ask yourself if your why is still worth its salt or if something changed, either inside you or in your circumstances, that has twisted your why to something beyond salvage. If your why is still as salty as ever, maybe it’s right to stay the course. But if it’s still as salty as ever but you now think it’s distasteful, maybe it’s time for a change.
When you do what you did last time, are you more efficient or more dissatisfied, or both? And if you imagine yourself doing it again, do you look forward to more efficiency or predict more dissatisfaction? These questions can help you decide whether to keep things as they are or change them.
What have you learned over the last year? Whether your list is long or if it’s short, it’s a good barometer to inform your next chapter.
What new skills have you mastered over the last year? Is the list long or short? If you don’t want to grow your mastery, keep things as they are.
Do the people you work with inspire you or bring you down? Are you energized or depleted by them? If you’re into depletion, there’s no need to change anything.
Do you have more autonomy than last year? And how do you feel about that? Let your answers guide your future.
What is the purpose behind what you do? Is it aligned with your internal compass? These two questions can bring clarity.
You’re the only one who can ask yourself these questions; you’re the only one who can decide if you like the answers; and you’re the only one who is responsible for what you do next. What you do next is up to you.
“Fork in the road” by Kai Hendry is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
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