I haven’t blogged in 8 months and that makes me a bit sad, however the past year has been an interesting one for me. I have spent the better part of it trying to really find out a few things about myself.
In March I hit 25, and as some remembered on twitter, I panicked when I thought about what I had achieved so far. Have I done enough? Should I have achieved more by now? Am I where I want to be? Should I be elsewhere?
After a few people reassured me that: 1. You are 25; you are at a point of still learning and growing. 2. Not everyone had it all figured out at 25. and; 3. I have achieved a fair bit considering I am only 25. I realised, I was doing the typical human thing, I was focusing too much on what I still had not done or still had not achieved, rather than focusing on how far I have already come and how much I have already achieved.
So my mind set changed. I have spent the last few months appreciating so much more of my life. Personally: I have a healthy and loving family, I have great friends, I’m financially secure and I have everything I need to be content and happy. Professionally: I have a job that keeps me challenged and that has built my resilience ten fold in the last 13 months, NZLEAD which has grown my professional development more in the past 18 months than any paid course has ever done and the most amazing network of HR professionals that any practitioner could ever think of. I am at a place where I am happy and content.
So I guess what I am saying is, I am focusing on the present. Focusing on the things I have now, focusing on what I want to achieve now and stop worrying about the fact that I am not 20 steps ahead of where I should be. I am focusing on building my happiness, experience, networks, resilience and exposure to be a better person and to be a better equipped HR Professional.
Finding a level of contentment has been the most rewarding and biggest achievement I have felt this year, better than I have felt over the last 10 years.
What has been your focus this year?