I’m so excited that spring has arrived here on the east coast! Even in the morning when it’s still a little chilly there are signs that spring is here. You hear birds chirping. You see some brave little flowers testing the warmth of the sun. And of course, the days are longer!

Spring is a time of rebirth and rejuvenation. On my run this morning, I felt the new energy that comes with this season. It’s a wonderful sense of well-being and passion for my life and work. It’s also a great feeling of unlimited potential.

As I was running, I was thinking about this blog and how I might pass along these thoughts to all of you. My hope is that you are also ready to step out of your comfort zone, escape complacency, and spring forward with your career and life. Are you ready?

Answer these questions:

  1. Do you wake up in the morning excited about your day?
  2. Do you feel challenged in your work?
  3. Do you ask for new responsibilities or volunteer for new projects?
  4. Do you fall into bed at night exhausted but feeling you truly accomplished something?
  5. Do you see a clear career path for yourself in your present company that aligns with who you are?
  6. Do you have a defined career goal?
  7. Do you have a strategic plan to reach that goal?
  8. Are you ready to face your fear or self-doubt that may be holding you back from springing forward?
  9. Do you feel that your boss/company appreciate the work you do?
  10. Do you feel empowered to take control of your career?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, I applaud you! You are ready to spring forward!

If by reading these questions, you realize that you are stuck in your current job situation or your own internal barriers, what are you ready to do to move forward? Sometimes it only takes one baby step to start the process.

For today, define what that one step is and commit to it. It’s the season to spring forward and leave your fears and complacency behind.