If There’s Not Enough Coffee to Face Your Day, Find a Career You LOVE
It’s both easy and common to wake up one day and realize your career just isn’t working. Maybe you never actually knew what you wanted as a career or got distracted with life, family and a practical need to survive. Maybe you own your own business, but you feel alone, and it is harder than you thought it would be. Regardless, if you are just overwhelmed or just putting in days doing something you don’t love, regrets of what could have been will start to pile up. More often than not, resentment and depression quickly become your new best friends. For many, the idea of leaving a secure job prevents them from taking a calculated risk. Being trapped with a tyrant or micro-managing boss, a boring or “go nowhere” job, or a lifetime of commute can start to feel like it is slowly sucking the life and spark out of you. So how does one go about drawing a line in the sand and creating a pivot toward something better?
I asked myself the same question because I have been there too. No, I mean I have REALLY BEEN THERE! I spent ten years of my life stuck in a career I didn’t like, but I also didn’t know what I wanted to do. For an entire decade, I took a good paycheck and suffered in silence, until I could no longer stand one more day. If I knew then what I know now, I would have given myself some very helpful advice: Get Professional Help!
When Roadblocks Keep You Stuck, Coaching Improves Breakthrough!
Choosing a new career path (or improving the one you are already on) is one of the biggest stressors we can endure. It’s not just about picking an exciting new job. It’s FAR more than that! It takes focus, clarity, discipline, intuition, resilience and confidence to forge a path between potential and outcome. You may not feel you have those traits just now, but you WILL learn to develop them by flexing those muscles until they grow.
As a change expert and career and business coach, I often see people jump from the frying pan and into the fire, making reactive decisions with no plan in place. It’s sad to see people leave great jobs, because they didn’t understand that the culture was the real problem, not the actual job itself. Similarly, people can be in the right job, but endure a bad company or a bad boss. If we are our own boss, then the grass looks greener for those who are not self-employed and get a steady and guaranteed income. However, all too often it is accurate to say that when we are unhappy in our inner world, it often appears like it is the fault of our outer world or career.
Not knowing the skill, people are often ill-equipped at squeezing the joy, purpose and potential out of the good career that is right in front of them. Such reactions and miscalculations are common in career transitions because people highly underestimate the natural blocks, resistances and struggles that are meant to arise when CHANGE and human nature collide. In fact, every person has blinds spots, triggers and insecurities that can impair their ability to see the forest for the trees during any life change. As such, teaching people HOW to navigate a change process is just as important as determining the right career and charting the path to get you there!
Your Relationship with Success is Proportionate to Your Relationship with Fear/Anxiety
Yes, It’s TRUE! So, if you learn to shift your relationship with fear and anxiety, you can create breakthrough in your career as a result. This is one of the most powerful life and leadership skills you can ever learn. If you would just take the time out of your life to finally press the “reset” button, you could find alignment in your career or business!
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