Second childhood? Anyone?

Second childhood? Anyone?

The question I was most asked as a child besides “how old are you?” was “who do you want to be when you grow up?” I didn’t realise what an important question that was until I gave the wrong answer and pursued it until I gave myself permission to let it go.

When I grew up I gave myself a second childhood as far as this question is concerned and maybe in other ways as well – I digress. I asked myself “ what do you want to do when you grow up?” The answer was different and I went for it and now I get to do what gives me life everyday.

This is where I meet most of my coaching clients, they are in their second childhood. When they get to ask this question for themselves. The answers are different, Sometimes the answer is: what I’m doing right now but at a higher level, or somewhere else or something completely different or I want to be my own boss.

Once I’ve been able to dig the answer out of them because often it’s a struggle for some to even say it out loud. As if it is irresponsible to want what they really want. I often have to remind them that this time they get to choose, that they have already pleased or disappointed whoever they believed they should impress.

This second time around it gets to be about you, about what you really want. The stakes are not as high as you think they are. The reason for choosing what they want to be this time, doesn’t have to be profound or impressive. It can be as simple as; I choose this path because I want to, because it pleases me and that is enough.

Will you give yourself the permission to have a second childhood?

Are you a Black Woman in the Workplace who feels called to the next level of leadership, income and impact?

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Published by Hlatswayobusisiwe

MBA (Henley), Career Coach and Founder Black Women in the workplace

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