I’m writing about patience today because lately I’ve been experiencing a bit of career jealousy.
Has it happened to you?
Of course! It happens to all of us. You hear the good news of a friend or colleague and you are happy for them (Truly! You are!) but you also feel a bit discouraged.
Why are they so far? Why are you so…well…not far?
I’ll tell you the thing I keep reminding myself, that they worked for it. They worked hard and are seeing the results. And the best thing we can do with our green-eyed monsters is to harness that energy and commit to our own work.
You see, desire is an energy. A spark that can fuel our own goals and help us to see our career path with a bit more clarity.
Here’s how I think about it:
When I’m on vacation, I’m always thrilled to see the city skyline as I travel home. “Almost there,” I say to myself, as a smile floats onto my face.
Now, I know it’s not completely true. If I’m in an airplane, there is still baggage claim and ground transportation. If I’m in a car, there is still traffic to navigate.
Yet, it still fills me with good vibes to see the skyline. Why? Because it proves I’m going in the right direction.
With my writing, I use a similar tactic. I see my goals as a building in the distance. If I stay on course, if I continue to do what I need to do, I’ll get there. I can’t do what other people are doing, it will only sidetrack my efforts. I’ll no longer see the skyline.
When I think about it that way, the bubbling belly of envy is transformed into a wave of gratitude. See what my friend just did? See how all her hard work paid off? Staying on path works.
I’ll reach my goal, it’s simply going to take time. I’m going to have to keep my head down and put in the work. I can see the sky, the land, and I can even see the building. I’m getting there.
Mali Anderson is a Chicago-based content creator. She creates blog posts, web copy, original photography, and feature articles.