Career Pathway #199: Connect With Touchstones

Barbara Sher and Annie Gottlieb wrote about the importance of focusing on one’s “touchstones” when contemplating career shifts in their book, “Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want” Amazon. These touchstones are the vital pieces that drive each of us to create meaningful and fulfilling work and lifestyles for ourselves. By focusing on our touchstones, we get in touch with our values, energy, and creative flow.

Consider your top values, interests, and abilities. If they are your true touchstones, you will feel an extremely strong connection with them as you name and ponder them. These then are the true and vital elements which must be incorporated into future career planning if you are to live authentically, with full expression of your potential.

If you have not already identified these for yourself, you can sort them out by journaling through various questions. Where do I find true inspiration? What work do I love so well that it really feels more like play? In what am I most interested? What do I love to learn about, discuss, experience? What is vital to my well-being? What feeds my energy and expands my world in hugely positive ways?

Once you•ve narrowed your list to your very top touchstones, find time to connect with them. Look for time and ways to grow these aspects in your personal and professional lives. Open yourself to the real possibilities that a cursory look might miss. Commit to allowing their expansion, and you will witness powerful and life-changing shifts.

Are you willing to admit to yourself that you are capable of making vital and purposeful shifts in your life? Are you willing to commit to addressing those possibilities now? Can you name your touchstones? Which touchstone do you want to expand for yourself in the next 60 days? What is your first step?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

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LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH

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