Leadership Solutions from Read Solutions Group: Choose to Chance the Rapids

Friday, November 24, 2006

Choose to Chance the Rapids


Stuck in a job
Difficult boss
Invested in the company
Scared to leave
Frustrated by the bureaucracy
Just doing the job

In The River, Garth Brooks sings, “too many times we stand aside and let the waters slip away.” When we’re caught in a job, feeling stuck, hating to go to work, but afraid to leave, we’re letting the waters slip away, letting time go by.

Recapturing the dream may seem too far away, so take small steps into the water. Start by drawing up some lists.

  1. Make a list of 10 things or more that you love about your job.
    If you can’t come up with 10 things about your current job, then go a bit further back to when you had energy for your work.

  2. List 5 times when you were very proud of your work.
    Write down the elements of the work, e.g., challenging, great team, easy, recognition.

  3. List 3 actions that you would love to take in your job right now.
    Make a note of the benefit each would bring to you.

  4. Make a list of all of the things you would like to do.

Find a spot where you can lay these lists out in front of you and let your eyes wander quietly over the pages. As you slow let your eyes wander over the pages, begin to identify what elements or concepts seem to be repeating?

Write those down.

Go back over the lists. Do your eyes wander back to a certain phrase or thought? Add it to your new list.

As you think about the lists, do you feel a stronger sense of energy or excitement for any particular concept. Make sure it’s on your list and possibly highlighted.

What would it be like if you had more of these items in your life?

Give yourself some time to imagine and feel what that might be like.

What is one step that you could take today that will give you more of something on your list?

Can you put your toe in the water? Can you move toward your dream?

Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
‘Til what we put off ‘til tomorrow
Has now become today
So don’t you sit upon the shoreline
And say you’re satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide...*

If you would like help to chance the rapids, visit us at http://www.readsolutionsgroup.com/ to learn more about how coaching can help you get unstuck.


*Shaw, Victoria and Garth Brooks, The River, Gary Morris Music/Major Bob Music Co, Inc, 1991.

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