145: Defining Your North Star: How Your Past Can Lead to Your Future

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145: Defining Your North Star: How Your Past Can Lead to Your Future

Do you have a North Star? Sometimes understanding and defining your North Star can be a challenge. For most, it’s easier to define your professional North Star but in reality, your North Star should be an extension of who you are and should embody the person you are at work AND at home. That’s what today’s guest, Amy, has been struggling with. She was feeling a disconnect between her mission statement for her work and home life. We dove into her life and had her reflect back on her childhood because often times we have to look back on the past fondly to move us forward optimistically. We discuss how to move from what she calls having a “north-ish light bulb” to a true North Star and how to dig deeper into the breadcrumbs to discover your North Star.

Show Notes

What’s In This Episode:

  • How Amy hit a professional development crisis and wanted to discover her North Star
  • Creating a personal mission statement that feels more intimate to you
  • Doing a life map exercise and reflecting on high points in your life
  • Digging deeper into the breadcrumbs to discover your North Star
  • Shifting, evolving and changing your North Star to fit who you are

What To Do Next:

  • Ask yourself: What did you want to be when you grow up? But dig deeper. Why did you think that job sounded amazing? What was it that was appealing to you about that job? Who are the people you admired when you were younger? Why did you look up to them? Use the reflection process to help you define your North Star.
  • Sign up for my newsletter so that you can take part in our four-week virtual book club for my book, The Joy of Missing Out, starting on October 29th. If you haven’t already picked up your copy, head to joyofmissingout.com or your favorite retailer.

Resources and Links

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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton