Eye of the tiger
Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. When I lived in San Francisco, the parades and festivals celebrating the Lunar New Year were among my favorite.
This is the year of the Water Tiger, the least reckless of the five types of tigers, according to karmaweather.com. Here are some interesting predictions:
"The New Year of the Water Tiger 2022 symbolizes determinism, spontaneity and novelty. It is a period which draws its strength and growth, despite adversity, from dynamism and enthusiasm. The Chinese year 2022 is synonymous with unforeseen changes and surprising developments."
Several people in my network made recent announcements about job changes. Some are just joining the #greatreshuffling, leaving their corporate positions in search of new energy and vigor, while others are returning to traditional jobs or changing companies.
I applaud everyone overcoming their drive for safety and security to seize control of their career and pursue self-fulfillment. I equally celebrate the contented who stand firm in their current employment.
During my time at Gap, Inc. in San Francisco, many brilliant women made brief appearances in my peer group. I was having a pinnacle moment in my career, and they celebrated it with me while also feeling vexed that the company wasn't the right fit for them. Home is personal.
I've left many jobs during my career. Often I was ready to make a change because I felt boxed in by the politics or business conditions. It always felt similar to breaking up with a boyfriend—somewhat awkward, somewhat guilt-laden, and somewhat relieving. Being welcomed back was uncertain and likely not the path to happiness.
Additionally, I've always sought change over fixedness:
A different home, fresh job, and new city and friends fed my need to grab life by the tail and live it fully. I wanted adventure and novelty. It wasn't until my children were born that I lost my energy for change every 2-3 years.
Now I fill that need through my work. Consulting is the perfect fit for me because I welcome change with open arms. I love that every job and client is unique. No two days are the same, and the only rote things in my work have to do with bookkeeping.
But here's the thing that is always constant—me. Just like the Water Tiger of 2022 has positive traits (kind, adventurous, and enthusiastic) and negative ones (aggressive, short-tempered, and anxious), so do we. Knowing who you are, what you want, and what you need to be successful is essential to making the perfect career move for you.
No matter where we go, there we are. While it is true that our environment may draw out specific characteristics more readily than others, we never get to escape the truth of who we are. However, the more honest and intentional we are about the way we show up, the more control we take over our satisfaction and success.
With all the talk of Mercury in retrograde and the challenges it brings, it is nice to have a zodiac horoscope filled with optimism and ambition. If you've been waiting for a sign to make a bold move, perhaps the Water Tiger is it. If you've made a bold move, lean into it and draw strength from the energy of the Water Tiger.
I predict that 2022 will bring more changes for the majority of us. Which reflection will you see, the kind and adventurous tiger or the anxious and aggressive one?
In this Chinese New Year of the Water Tiger, I challenge you to choose who you want to be and SHOW UP as her to yourself and your team each day.
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