Up We Go!

Balloon imageDriving upfront in my grandfather’s oversized Lincoln, I remember the feel of the plush purple seats. It was before we wore seatbelts and as kids could sit two or three across. Driving along a winding road to pick blueberries, a soft wind blowing through the windows, I remember him talking about how important it was to listen to the words of the songs wafting from the radio. Like really listen.

So I do.

But on a particular day last week I wasn’t feeling like I was driving on some meandering green path. I was feeling panic.

Like a tornado had started in my stomach and moved all the way up to my mind where it was swirling thoughts, deadlines, meetings, more meetings and now, Christmas shopping lists. How did we jump from August to December? How am I supposed to achieve all my goals when time feels like it’s on fast forward?

I was in this mindset when I clicked on the radio and tuned into am amazing song from a band called LIGHTS. I had attended their concert earlier this year with my sister and niece who was celebrating a birthday. I hadn’t heard of the band before that. But now I listened to the words more closely. Here are a couple of the verses:

From “Up We Go”, LIGHTS

Nothing gives easy
Easy gives nothing
I’m just tryin’a keep
Income coming in
Dawn is bound to break
When the night is done
Always darker days before brighter ones

Everyone here is ready to go
It’s been a hard year with nothing to show
From down this road
It’s only on we go, on we go
Everyone here is ready to go
It’s been a hard year, and I only know
From down this low
It’s only up we go, up we go

Do those words resonate with you? This girl is in her twenties, a new mom. She’s following her dream to be an artist. And she’s doing it. But she’s got the lyrics right.

Sometimes things feel stalled. We get disappointed, frustrated that our success might not be happening quick enough.

This time of year seems to amplify those insecurities. It’s like we all have an invisible measuring stick with milestones etched in that we start to judge ourselves on – or worse, believe that others are using to judge us.

But here’s my belief – we are all just fine. We are on our own path and even though we sometimes create big goals and expectations  (and for the record, I’m all for that) we must remember that success is a process. Success doesn’t happen in a single giant leap. Instead, success is more often achieved by a series of small, intentional steps. We just have to stay on path.

Up We Go.

Wishing you fully aligned career success and a Happy Holiday Season,

Karen

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