Are you a looking for the missing something, while you do not even know what it is you are looking for.
Did you climb the career ladder to get THERE only to realise that THERE does not exist?
Are you looking for the missing something, but have no idea what the hell it is you are missing?
Few years ago I was a workaholic. I loved being fired up by urgency. I was a business firefighter and an adrenalin junkie. I hardly ever did only one thing at any given moment. In hotel lobbies I was talking on my mobile while writing emails on my second device, while I kept an eye on my luggage and the arrival of my taxi. It felt good. Multitasking was energising. It was a game of always keeping several balls in the air, and I was good at it. I was climbing the career ladder to reach the mystical THERE, we are told awaits us the higher we climb.
I was addicted to action; I spent late evenings on calls with US colleagues, and early mornings with the Asian team. I really didn’t have much time for anything else and I liked it that way. The few moments of free time I had, left me feeling that I was missing something. I had no idea what I was missing, just that there was supposed to be something more to life. It felt really uncomfortable, and for years I dealt with it by getting busy again.
Then a more or less hostile take-over took place. Suddenly I had lots of free time while we waited for the dust to settle. What did I do with my time? I made myself busy by getting a puppy.
It was the best decision I have ever made. That puppy became my greatest teacher.
Eventually, work volume and speed picked up again, but that nagging feeling that something was missing got stronger, it started to haunt me. I had reached a higher level on the career ladder only to find that the THERE I had climbed to reach didn’t exist. After a few years of inner struggles I left the corporate world to look for that missing something.
I found it!
I took an unnecessarily long and difficult route to find it, but I did find it.
The really good news is you do not have to leave your current life to add the missing piece.
I now know that it is not necessary for us to leave our current lives to look for the missing piece. There is no need to travel to India, climb giant mountains, live in a cave or anything like that.
There is no need to drop everything and run.
You can actually keep your pay-check, career, house and spouse. All the acquired comforts you are used to can just continue to be yours, while you add that missing something to your life. There is no need to make it a scary process of literally jumping into the unknown.
There is a shortcut!