Hope: From a Seemingly Lifeless Situation to a Glorious Resurrection
Hope: Have you ever bought a plant, forgot to water it for a couple of weeks, and thought it was dead only for it to come back to life again once watered? As if it was just waiting, taking a break from growing, to resurrect again in full bloom. The growth seemed to happen overnight, well maybe a couple of days. The point is the plant may have been neglected but when attention was again given to it, and the time was right, it got back into living again.
Well, sometimes it can be the same in our career life. It’s as if on the surface there seems to be no hope or development at all. We may witness a drought season that leaves us with a feeling of frustration, resulting in a lack of motivation. It can also lead us to question why our career has stagnated. Even though we are quietly doing the necessary ground work in our job; operations, achieving KPI’s etc., we may not have added ‘water’ in a while to the development of skills, the expression of interest or application for promotion, or looked at roles outside our firm for career progression.
If life seems to be a bit tough at the moment and not providing the much needed breakthroughs, ‘stay the course’ and take some time for reflection and questioning. The answer will come, at the right time, particularly if the right questions are being asked and there is a focus on growth and personal development. Recalling similar past experiences can challenge the feeling of stagnation. This is true when we acknowledge the growth in our career to-date, which can motivate us to know that we will again. Life changing moments can happen overnight and can reignite our motivation to push forward. A new opportunity may be on the way to reignite our hope, much sooner than we think. It’s at times like this that we need to invest in self-development, seek the right kinds of support and relearn the art of patience, while holding onto our precious dream.