Everyone has a role to play…including you.
Sometimes, we end up in a role that doesn’t quite feel right. We wonder if we matter. We ask if what we’re doing is actually making a difference to our supervisors. We wonder if people think we’re good enough.
But these are not the right questions. Instead, ask if you’re doing what you’re doing because it makes you feel safe. Do you do it because it’s what others expect of you?
Even the most prestigious careers can keep us in our comfort zone. Perhaps you chose your university because it was the most impressive, your major because it was the hardest, and your career because it has the most external value. You followed a trail of breadcrumbs. You were never brave enough to make your own path. You weren’t aware enough to ask what is it that you really want to do.
Often our concerns about meeting the expectations of others IS the problem. You will always matter, and you will always be enough. But are you in the right role? If you’re uncertain, consider realigning. Maybe your role is one that you’ve never imagined for yourself. Maybe it’s the one that feels the least safe.
Move towards that uncertainty.