Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

At this time of year, so many of us are planning the year ahead, filling the next 365 days with goals and targets and ambitions and things-to-be-achieved. And while I am a huge proponent of planning and putting things on paper, I worry that for too many of us, our plans are rammed full of other people’s agendas.

Now, someone may not actually be telling you what to do or aim for or target, but we all carry noise from external sources that influence what we think we should do: what we see others in our industry doing, what our friends are consumed with, what our family members suggest, what the books we read say about how to live/lead/succeed, what people our age care about, and, and, and…

And while inspiration is wonderful, we can get so tangled in it that we silence what we know to be true for ourselves. From within ourselves. 

So as you plan your year ahead, think about where your “should’s” are coming from, and interrogate whether they belong in your plans for your life. Tune in, turn inwards, and remember: just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.

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The daughter of Indian immigrants, Rupal is a born-and-bred New Yorker now living near London. Her high-octane career as a CIA officer turned serial entrepreneur has taken her from military briefing rooms in jungles and war zones to corporate boardrooms and international stages.

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