There are things in our careers that we absolutely loathe. Maybe it’s the thought of looking for a new job. Or staying in our current job. Or the pointless meetings, the crushing insecurity, the countless paper drafts, the incessant re-checking of a formula, the re-facing of a grocery aisle, or possibly the paperwork…oh Lord the paperwork…
The pain is all around us. It never goes away. If if you want to commit to a career of substance you have to commit to the pain as well, from the pain of being a beginner to the pain of being a seasoned pro. Because, obviously, no matter how much we get better there are still those instances of pain that don’t go away.
So who are you with the pain? Do you cower, fight, run, become paralyzed, or push through? It’s a critical question, one fraught with uncertainty and, of course, discomfort. But there is also opportunity here; an opportunity to test your mettle, one to show the world (and yourself) who is in control.
The professionals you idolize realized quickly that they had to lean in to the pain, commit to it, and do their best work in spite of it. To move away from avoidance behaviors that keep them in place.
What pain do you need to commit yourself to so that you create a spectacular career?