There is so much we don’t know; things we don’t know how to do, stuff we don’t know about ourselves, and all of the things we don’t know that we don’t know.
But there is even more that we do know. Some that we wish we didn’t, or don’t feel ready or qualified to know.
- We want the timing to be better before we know that we hate our job, or want to relocate, or discover a new passion.
- We want more financial security before we know that it’s time for a big change.
- We want everyone around us to support us, love us, and agree with us before we admit to knowing that we want less or more or both.
That’s why the most common answer to the most meaningful questions is some version of “I don’t know” (even when we know). Because once we let someone else know that we know, we have to take action. The alternative is complacency or discontent.
Asking or answering questions when we we aren’t entirely sure what the answers are, or how they are going to impact our lives and work is scary.
For my new 2-week coaching program, I invite people who are considering working with me to respond to a survey and answer a few questions. It helps me better understand if and how I can help, but more importantly, it helps applicants voice their hopes, fears and desires. It helps them share what they know.
I know this process is scary because less than 14% of people who started the survey have finished and submitted it. Maybe a few people got distracted, lost power, or insert random excuse here, but I think most were scared. Scared of the questions, or the answers, or what would happen if they took the next step.
I’d like to challenge you to answer these questions, even if you aren’t ready to work with me, and even if you aren’t ready to know.
Do it for you.
Because once you claim what you know, and what you don’t about what it will take to love your work and find joy in your life, everything will change.