My Friends often ask me, Parul, you have been hopping from one domain to the other, and changing profession, why don’t you just stop at one? Isn’t it waste of effort and money and emotions you’ve put in one domain? Also, if you follow through it’d help you eventually climb the success ladder in one domain taking you higher in position, and make you feel settled.
So, here’s my reply:
I am not my profession! I never was, and so I was never attached to any tags, or people’s appreciation or criticism that came along. I never derived my identity from that, and thank God for that clarity and attitude, or else I’d have been devastated each time when I thought I have a career path to follow and climb the success ladder in that field, life threw a challenge at me, and I had to change the course, starting again from scratch; starting with learning the A,B,C of that new domain once again.
Was it easy? Heck, No!
Is it easy for anyone to go back to learning basics (of any field)?
Then why did I not just stop at being a lawyer, or a product manufacturer, or a weight loss and health coach or a Energy Healer? Why did I keep choosing another and another and yet another domain? And where would I stop?
I did not stop because:
(1) I have clarity that Profession is just a means of earning a livelihood, or at most it’s a way of giving back to society. Whether a person chooses Medicine, Engineering, Law, Finance, Business, Art, Psychology or any other domain, the fact remains:
“You provide services or products to the society and you get paid for it either in cash or in kind.”
There’s no other meaning to it, other than the meaning you assign to it; whether it’s your own definition/meaning or you bought it from others.
Meaning is Mind Made!
(2) Stagnancy is in the mind. Life is an ongoing process for us to evolve as human beings and reach our highest potential.
I chose a career, but Life had something else in store for me, and therefore I had to undergo all the challenges it threw my way, for Life wanted me to grow, learn more, and become more – More than I could have ever imagined what I could become!
(3) Life doesn’t look at our profession as our “status” “riches” “pleasure” “identity”.
Life knows none of these, it just keeps flowing forward!
It’s our own mind that makes us derive pleasure out of this delusional thought process.
Life is like a river that keeps flowing, sometimes smooth sometimes rough, yet it keeps flowing as she is aware that detours will create a new path and lead it to its final destination, the Ocean, and so she keeps flowing until she becomes the Ocean!
Each time life threw a challenge at me, I resolved to learn from that experience and come out stronger. I dived into the subjects of psychology, neuroscience, mental toughness, emotional strength, nutrition, physical fitness, biology, human physiology, energy healing, & spirituality. I researched thoroughly, read extensively, took many courses up & practiced everything I learnt along the way religiously, which helped me embolden myself, physically, emotionally & mentally.
Every time my life changed its course, I learnt more, much more than I knew before. So, it made no sense to me to stay just a product manufacturer or a weight loss and health coach, or energy healer, when I know I have evolved much more than that, acquired much more knowledge and experience during the zigzag course of my life.
So, when I know I am aware of the 10 services (packed in 1), that I can offer now to the Society, it made no sense to settle for just 1.
You see, sometimes the detours bring new and more interesting choices. It could lead to a watershed event in one’s life, for each one of us is meant to reach our highest potential!
So, I am now a Life Coach, helping people with Relationship Management Coaching, Weight Loss Coaching, Lifestyle and Holistic Wellness Coaching, Emotional and Mental Strengthening Coaching, Personal Development Coaching. And I have invested (and continuing to do so) huge amounts and effort in the relevant courses in these domains, acquired huge knowledge while burning the mid night oil (along with the duty of two small babies to look after), and practiced day in day out transforming my own life to be where I am today.
I am not just a text book taught Professional, I am self-coached, self-experienced, self-transformed person who knows what it takes to have a healthy body, healthy mind and healthy relationships and so I can now teach effective tools to others to attain that in their lives too.
So my friend, I didn’t stop because, when life threw me a curve or forced a detour, I remembered the river and embraced the detours, for I knew it had a greater purpose and everything will lead to my ultimate potential.
My journey as a Life Coach has started now, which I could have never imagined at the age of 18 when we are told to just pick and choose a career path from the vocational platter placed before us, when we aren’t even fully aware of our own strengths and weaknesses.
The one who has been coached by Life itself, can become an effective Life Coach!
So, embrace detours, for a higher power holds a better vision for you, beyond your mind’s knowledge or capacity!