Achieving Career Goals Requires Focus

Butterfly

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. — Author Unknown

I, however, am stuck as a caterpillar. I eat, shit and grow plumper by the day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m trying to earn my wings. I just keep getting distracted by all the pretty branches, leaves and flowers.Butterfly

As my career continues to evolve, or ahem, metamorphose, I’ve realized that I need to decide which of my passions will be hobbies and which will be my career.

Am I a children’s author or a health and fitness writer? Am I a freelance graphic designer or a greeting card artist? Even I don’t know sometimes.

Conventional wisdom tells me that I need to focus — pick a side and stick with it — but I find that to be very difficult, especially since I’m interested in so many different things.

Like many of you, I created my list of goals at the beginning of the year. My two main career aspirations involved writing children’s books and getting my Etsy store up and running.

Everything else I’m doing comes secondary. However, that’s not what ends up happening. I end up spending hours working for clients to the detriment of my own material.

Instead, I need to ask myself: Is this helping me achieve my goals? If not, I need to refocus on what I deem as important.

If I do that, I might become a butterfly yet.

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