There is nothing wrong with aiming high at work - as long as
we're clear about whose dream we are pursuing. Are we following our dream,
or are we trying to please parents or peers? Or are we styling
ourselves on someone we've seen on TV or in magazines? Whatever
our dream, where our ambitions go, so too does life's energy.
Unless we know who we are, then we can become caught up in whatever
attracts us at the time, rather than in what makes our souls
sing. Sometimes success at work can be as harmful as failure,
because we become locked into lifestyles and attitudes that demand
all we've got.
That's when we cease to honour our own needs - when we start
to behave in the way that lacks consistency and decency - when
we allow our ambitions to override our judgement - when we put
money before people - when we settle for the job with the big
pay packet, rather than the job we're passionate about. We can
have working lives that have depth and meaning, or we can spend
our days skating along on the surface of life.
So, whenever we are faced with a new opportunity around work,
we need to be clear whether this new position will enhance who
we are intrinsically. Do we want to spend our lives
on planes and in hotels? Do we want to take clients out night
after night? And if so - why do we want these things? Because
we love people and travel, or because we want the salary and
the corner office? For each of us the answers will be different,
but when we can work soulfully, we are able to live soulfully,
and work doesn't even feel like work.