Are you unhappy with your career or with your life? Do you have trouble waking up every morning and getting ready for work? It doesn’t matter whether you’re twenty or eighty, being satisfied, fulfilled, and happy with your life is important. The older we get, though, the less importance we tend to place on being happy or fulfilled. Instead, we see family as our priority, taking care of the kids and the bills as being the most important thing in the world.

We also get caught up in the materialistic society in which we live and believe that the only way to be truly happy is to be able to own the things that we want, take vacations to exotic destinations, or to be able to buy our children every little whimsical item that they see in the stores. We are driven by consumerism and have been sold on the notion that being able to afford things is the gateway, or the key, to true happiness.

Happiness lies within

Let me let you in on a little secret. Okay, so it’s not a secret, but it might as well be considering so many people just don’t realize it or accept it. Happiness doesn’t come from the things that we can buy with our money. Happiness comes from doing what you love to do in life, being the person that you were destined to be.

Destiny. It’s a word that can create hope and inspiration as well as despair and desire. Destiny is something that shouldn’t be feared, but should rather be embraced. It’s not a rock-solid presence as many believe. It’s a movable entity that can be shaped. It is something that guides our lives and tries to nudge us in the right direction so that we can be happy. Then we see the television commercial for the latest technological creation and we believe that we’ll be happy again if we just buy it.

Your destiny leads to your happiness. Re-evaluating your life for the future is not only a good idea for anyone, it’s a responsible idea. When you re-evaluate your life, you are able to dig down deep to the core of who you are and decide whether you are pursuing what you want out of your life, as far as your career is concerned, at least.

What might have inspired you ten or twenty years ago may have slipped away from you over the years. You may have a new passion for something in your life but you can’t seem to reach it because your career or other obligations get in the way. When you  re-evaluate your life, from career to relationships, you often discover things that need work, things that are missing, or things that you have or do that add nothing to your overall happiness with life.

Times change and people change. With such a simple and universal truth that all of us already know and accept, why is it that so many of us assume that we can’t change our lives for the future? Being satisfied, fulfilled, and happy should be the goal. When you re-evaluate your life, you discover those goals.

Curt Canada coaches and advises clients in areas of career,executive,leadership,and personal development in Washington DC at FindingYourZenith. Curt is a member of the International Coach Federation and the Christians Coach Network. Mr. Canada can be reached at curtcanada@verizon.net

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I pride myself in being very creative and organized most of the time, but lately I have accumulated about 175+ business cards. Believe me, it’s quite easy to carry out such a fete if you’re in the nation’s capital and you’re involved in networking your services and products.

 It’s no secret that Washington DC is steeped with a vast amount of historical memorials, monuments, gardens, landmarks, museums, governmental bodies, and parks which would take you weeks to visit.

Just think for a moment the amount of paper products produced on a daily basis (an embarrassing realization if you’re an environmentalist or a Save the Trees advocate).  However, my task at hand is to figure out what I am going to do with the business cards I have collected over the past year and not how to reduce the amount of paper used by the federal government.

 I will admit that I have a sundry of items on my desk i.e. family photos, laptop/desk top monitor, a mini wood sculpture of a man holding his head in his hand, a collection of daily vitamin bottles, phone, pair of glasses, a couple of articles ,and a book  that I’m reading. My desk could use a little organizing and cleaning.

  No, I’m not a hoarder. I intended to contact most of the people I met at past networking events and if nothing else email them. I’m beginning to question whether they remember me at all.

 Networking is powerful but something is speaking to me loud and clear …Son, “those cards have sat there on your desk to long…three- fourths of those persons you met at those conferences and networking events have either thrown away your card or have found a related service. 

 You might ask, “What’s the worst thing that would happen if I sent them an email and as an incentive, offer them a product or service of value?”

 OMG, a card just caught my eye…would you believe I recognize this business card …the date and time and the person.  “Holy Moly Kids!”  I recall how difficult it was to hear the person speaking next to you…the conference area was absolutely overcrowded. I noticed this woman with her seemingly new-born baby. I spoke with her momentarily and asked for her card although her business had to do with children’s clothing. I suppose I could drop her an email…that’s exactly the benefit of networking. If I receive a response then I’ll add this contact to my database, if not then I can consider tossing the card!

 I still want to know what suggestions and comments you may have …

 Curt Canada practices Personal Development, Career, and Executive Coaching in Washington DC.  Curt holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Teacher Education from The America University. Curt has Postgraduate training from the Institute for Life Coach Training. Email Curt at curtcanada@verizon.net for more information about his services.