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ou may have more time on your hands now during this health crisis. It’s safe to assume that at one point in your lives or even now, you may be asking yourself: What do I really want?” “What am I doing with my life?”

We start to think about the decisions we have made and even those, we have not made. The opportunities we could have said yes but said no. I call these “lost moments.” We all have had our share of lost moments. 

It’s normal. 

We are all familiar with the popular Moana movie. Even though it has been years since this movie has aired, there are some unique lessons embedded in there. It continues to teach us about some of life’s most important lessons when we are trying to figure out what to do next or how to move forward. Here’s 3 of her important lessons:

Be Brave

“No one goes beyond our reef. There’s nothing beyond our reef but storms and rough seas. As long as we stay in our safe island, we’ll be fine.”

The unknown is scary for some people. New adventures, new jobs, new responsibilities may sound so intimidating at times. As human beings, we are wired to prefer comfort over uncertainty. It’s normal to go for what we already know, for stability and ease. But sometimes, limiting ourselves may cause harm rather than good to us. 

If you’re terrified of starting a new business or going after that dream job of yours, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather stay at where I’m at right now and feel miserable” or “Should I take courage in chasing after that thing that will make me happy?” Just like Moana, the only way to know is to ride that boat and sail beyond the reef. Despite not knowing what awaited her, she believed in herself and in the power of the ocean. Anything is possible when we truly believe and embrace bravery.

It’s Okay to Fail

“Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.” – Michelle Obama

Life can be unpredictable. Its ups and downs, highs and lows give us the opportunities to succeed at some things and learn lessons from some. 

The most important thing to know is that it’s okay to fail because that means you tried. Choosing inaction over taking a move or step forward is never a good choice in your career.  

Maybe you have applied for several jobs with no response. Maybe you did not get the promotion you thought you deserved. Or you maybe you have changed your career but is experiencing problems you’ve never encountered before. So be it. Be resilient and learn from your failures.

Believe in the Greatest Potential Inside of You

“Maybe the ocean brought you to them because it saw someone who’s worthy to be saved. But it’s not the gods who made you Maui, you are.”

Each person’s career journey is different. We all have our past that affect how we see ourselves. Your previous career experiences, joys and disappointments all play a part in what you believe about yourself and your capabilities.

No matter where your journey has brought you and no matter how easy or difficult your life may have been in the past-one thing is for sure: The difference in whether you succeed or fail comes down to believing in yourself. 

If you don’t really believe that you are capable enough to do something, you won’t get far. But, if you believe in yourself, you can accomplish more than you think.

So, in times of uncertainty it’s important that we exercise bravery to believe in ourselves and be ok with failing. The alternative is to remain stuck in place where you are without knowing how things would have turned out if you just would have gone forward. Thanks Moana for these lessons!

Barbara Mason is a career consultant that brings over 20 years Human Resources experience and has been in senior level roles for Fortune 500 companies. She is the owner and CEO of Career Pathways Consulting and her passion is helping career professionals stay, flow, or go in their career.

To learn more about working with her, visit www.careerpathwaysconsulting.com.

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