One acting lesson can help you see what you aren’t owning about yourself. It can highlight the damage from being in the wrong career and having all the best things about you derided, mocked and devalued. You end up hiding from what is best about you. Acting can help you claim your uniqueness and find your path to a happier career.
Before you go all goal-setting crazy, figure out what you truly value. Try doing some work around that value. If you still aren’t moving toward a life that beckons you, then it might be the time to set a goal.
What if you start seeing that constant crisis management is actually your normal life? That the times you aren’t living a crisis are really just an occasional break in the action, not the mythical normal you’ve been deluding yourself about. Does that change the way you view your career, and your life?
“I’ve invested so much in law, I feel like I can’t leave it.” This is the point at which I sometimes mentally smack my head and wish I got paid by the phrase. I would charge a lot for this one. Um, really? So if you won $50 million in a lottery, you wouldn’t leave…
You can’t choose which emotions to numb—all of them decline. Becoming numb to pain also means you become numb to joy. Being cut off from your joy means you have no idea what direction to head when you decide you need out of the toxic environment of law.
Try something fun that scares you, that you aren’t at all sure how it’s going to turn out. Give up some control, and get some energy back. You’ll rev up your life, and your career search.
Maybe it’s time to prepare for your transformation from unhappy lawyer to empowered artist, entrepreneur, or whatever else your heart really desires. Spend 40 days getting ready to change. Be like the caterpillar, seeking out and devouring everything around you that can feed your upcoming transformation.