It’s so tempting to look around and think everyone else has it figured out. Everyone knows where they’re going and how they’re going to get there. A client of mine lamented this recently. Remember Rob Lowe’s words from day 82? “Never compare your insides to someone else’s outsides.” It only distracts you from finding YOUR way.
So how do we find that way? I’ve learned that play teaches me so much. I loved a lot of things about college coaching. It was a blast and I was playing all the time! Until it wasn’t, and so I found a new domain to play in. I had fun playing in the domain of running a non-profit. Met a crazy builder by the name of David and had a lot of fun playing with being built into. I learned something (really many things) from each step until it became abundantly clear what I was made to do. And now? Every single day is filled with play and pursuit of mastery. In fact they feel like one and the same.
And the times I got stuck? It was mainly when I was trying to grind it out. Trying to work harder to get clarity on the end goal, the outcome. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big believer in hard work. I’m a bigger believer in focusing that hard work on the process of learning and leveling up. The path (OPUS) becomes clear when you focus on the process (CORE), in my experience. CORE, OPUS, POP. The order matters.
So, my friends, quit stressing yourself out about finding the one right job. Play where you’re at. Find more passions. Let those start to point you in the direction of purpose. After all, isn’t play how we learn best as a little kid? Why should it be any different now?