We all know that strange combination of fear and excitement that comes with starting something new. Maybe you experienced it walking through the front door of your first real job: excitement to have a solid grip on the first rung of your career ladder; fear that a shiny new degree and limited life experience would not be enough.
If watching the hit TV drama This is Us has taught us anything, it’s how to ride the curves of an emotional rollercoaster. We start each episode with a mix of reluctance and anticipation, unsure of what the future holds or whether we’re equipped for the gut-wrenching turns ahead. Our optimism grows, and soon we’re excited, then downright exuberant.
Your alarm goes off in the early morning hours. By the time you hit the shower, your mind is already running full throttle through the list of decisions you need to make just to get out the door: What should I pack the kids for lunch? How do I get them to hockey practice? Do I need to leave work early? Should I reschedule my last meeting?