You’ve probably tried a lot of things to get to that lightbulb moment of career clarity.
The reason you’re unclear is because resistance, in the form of self-limiting beliefs and unexpressed emotions, is blocking you from hearing your own wisdom about your right next steps. My approach addresses career dissatisfaction at this root cause level.
There are 4 overarching principles that make this totally doable:
1) Focus on how you want to feel.
Beneath every desire, from possessions to achievements, is an emotion that you expect your ambitions will create. This feeling state is what you’re really after. Focus there, and you’ll discover more ways to get what you want. Plus, it will help you discern what’s most important so you can confidently say No to the rest.
2) Question your stressful beliefs.
According to the National Science Foundation, 80% of a human’s thoughts are negative and 95% are repetitive. These thoughts trigger emotions, which change the way you act, which changes your situation. So, the root cause of most stress isn’t your life situation, as it might seem, but fearful thoughts. You see this play out in your life when you don’t take the actions you say you want to take. While you can’t totally prevent negative thoughts, you can become less driven by them so that your actions match your intentions.
3) Listen to your body.
When it comes to making decisions, you probably use your brain extensively, analyzing your options and weighing pros and cons. There’s another tool that’s underutilized in our culture: the body. Being present to the physical sensations in your body provides a wealth of information about your right next steps.
4) Take easy action.
It’s impossible to know with certainty what you want by simply thinking harder about it. Clarity comes from taking consistent, imperfect action in the direction of something you truly desire. Further, when you pressure yourself to take steps that are too big, you get stuck. Instead, choose an easy next step so that you can keep moving forward.
Once you integrate these four principles into your everyday life, you’ll be able to easily create an enjoyable, fulfilling career.
To try one of them now, download my free Redefine Success workbook and clarify your next career steps.
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Case study: Bored VP -> Joyful Entrepreneur
After working with me for 6 months, this client (who asked to remain anonymous) was delighted by what she’d accomplished.
Where she started…
- Respected executive with 20 years of professional experience
- Her work was no longer joyful, which made it hard to be an inspiring leader
- Considering a career change for 2 years but didn’t know what she wanted
- Struggled with ruminating, fear of leaving industry, work frustrations, fatigue
…Where she ended up
- Having way more fun and less stress at her current workplace
- Praised for her calm and effective leadership amidst a chaotic pandemic
- Better relationships, both professionally and personally
- Resigned with confidence to enjoy a gap year and explore a new industry