A recent Gallup Poll verified something I’ve known for quite some time. 71 percent of Americans are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in their jobs. This was true in polling data in 2011, again in 2013 and 2014 and continues to this day. Worse, the group that is the most disengaged group is “Highly Educated, Middle-Aged” people.
Physicians, lawyers, educators, accountants, engineers, marketing managers, architects and on and on, often find themselves staring blankly at the walls in their offices wondering why they feel trapped. They prepared for their careers for eight, 10, 14 years; they were the “Apple of their parents’ eye;” they made good money; had all kinds of “perks;” became respected in their communities and yet, they are miserable.
I should know; I was one of them.
As I climbed the corporate ladder, I came to have more than 40 people working for me. I was making a lot of money and bonuses. I was in line for more promotions. Everyone was happy for me, but I was not happy for myself.
Becky, you’re doing what?
I quit. It was not done out of anger or with malice, but with deliberation and purpose. When I got ready to leave my job, what surprised me were the number people (above and below me) who pulled me aside and confided how jealous they were – and more than that, how miserable they were. Somehow, and in some, very real way I wanted to help them. It was at that moment that the idea for writing Designing Your Ideal Life was born. It was an easy step for me to take; indeed, because it was so easy, I knew I was doing the right thing. I did not want another “job,” I wanted to reconnect with myself and have a life’s purpose.
People take what they’re good at for granted. It’s absolutely true!
What comes naturally to me is organizational project management. I am successful in organizing and managing huge projects. I was so good at it, I took it for granted. As I reflected on my skills, I realized the ideal career for me was to help others assess where they were in their lives and to guide them to the career and life they were always meant to have.
My life as a business coach and career in project management, gave me an excellent framework for assessing the organizations and the clients with whom I work as projects and to help them connect the dots from where they are to where they want to go. I don’t mean this in a cold or dispassionate sense. I well understand the emotional upheaval anyone faces with hard decisions they must make. Yet, there is work that needs to get done in order for change to occur.
Not a fan of Gurus
I am not a “spiritual escort to some hidden world.” Designing Your Ideal Life is not an ancient tale written on parchment! It is a no-nonsense way for you to assess where you are, and to take the steps you need to take to get you to where you always, truly wanted to be.
The same principles that I have used to manage enormous projects are applied to helping you, help yourself. Somewhere along the line, your very purpose went off the tracks as you worked so hard to please everyone but yourself.
Designing Your Ideal Life helps you find yourself again and helps you chart a course to the life you deserve to live.