Every February I work remotely from a warmer location; not just to get out of the cold northeast but also to get some perspective. This past week was the first of four that I’m happily spending in Florida.
The idea occurred to me a few years back when reading a great book on how to de-clutter. The author spent half of every year in Bali, Indonesia. I’m paraphrasing but she said, "I’m not rich. I just found a way to make happen what’s most important to me."
It changed my mindset.
I immediately began soul searching to get clearer about what I wanted and realized it was the freedom to work from anywhere. It was a key component on my list of ideal career elements, which I incorporated into my research and job search. It wasn’t long before career coaching presented itself as not only a virtual career but also one well suited to my natural talents and interests.
That was over 8 years ago and now I’m convinced that if I had not changed my mindset, I would not be where I am today – in sunny Florida doing work I love. Apparently I am not the only one who has realized this importance of mindset.
Recently one of the many resourceful people in my network sent me to a great blog written by Fortune Editor-at-Large Patricia Sellers. Her recent post, "Distract yourself: the key to big wins?" notes how the careers of Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters have all benefitted from a grounded mindset (found by spending time away from the grind.) I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
I also hope you get clarity on what you want and most importantly that you get it. Whether it’s a sunset in the Florida Keys or a championship win, you too deserve the career and life of your dreams!
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