Are you suffering from brain fog when it comes to making decisions about your career?
Is your head getting crowded with lots of thoughts about career options and you can’t seem to find the answers? You don’t have space or the energy to make decisions? What could I do? Would I be happier? How can I make a move without having to take a massive pay cut? Sometimes though we can get stuck in our own heads, we find ourselves going round and round in circles.
Will it make your boat go faster?
About a decade ago I was fortunate enough to be listening to the Olympic Gold rower Ben Hunt-Davis who shared the extraordinary story of the 1998 GB Men’s Rowing Eight team. After, a period of consistently failing to win medals they acknowledged the need to adopt a different approach, recognising that their methods were not giving them the results they wanted. At the heart of their new strategy was the question; ‘Will it make the boat go faster?’ This question was used as the determining factor for every action they took in the 18 months leading up to the 1998 Olympics in Sydney, it became their test. If they couldn’t answer the question with a positive response then they didn’t do it. This focus and determined approach resulted in them winning gold.
Why am I sharing this with you? Well, the same strategy can be applied to our careers. If we aren’t where we want to be in our careers, if it’s not giving us what we need then we have to make changes. If we are feeling dissatisfied in our careers but continue to do the same then we can’t expect things to change. From personal experience, I know this too well. I had fallen out of love with my job in HR; I was going through the motions. I would make slight tweaks, like changing the part of the business I supported, would get involved in projects, but nothing significant that changed the activities and skills I was using. If we continue to do the same we can expect the same results.
That job isn't for you darling, its too risky!
I was listening to a podcast with two media content experts and by way of introduction, they shared a little bit of their background about how they had got into their business. Both of them had wanted to be journalists when they first started out, but what was also interesting is that both of them had been advised against it by key people in their lives, who had no personal experience in this line of work, as they felt it was too difficult. Both of them instead opted for roles which were perceived as being easier and more common for women. Yet later on after several career changes (in roles that were deemed ‘safer’) they both achieved journalistic roles and have now built businesses in this field.
It all started with a conversation.
How did you get into the career that you are in today? For each of the career changes, I have made the common theme is that they all started with a conversation and it was these individuals that opened my eyes and mind to a career that I hadn’t considered. I may have known about them, but they weren’t on my radar.
5 steps to help you answer the question ‘what else could I do for a career?’
Are you desperate to leave your job, but are waiting until you have it all figured out what to do before you take any action? Do you lie in bed searching through the nooks and crannies of your brain trying to think of something else that could work? All the time feeling dread and miserable in your current job and feel as though you are on an emotional roller coaster?
Dreading returning to work? Here are 5 strategies to help ease yourself back.
Even if you love your job after a week or two of indulgence it can be hard to find the energy and mindset to get back in your groove. Today has been my first full day back and I was not looking forward to it, but I survived it! Here are 5 strategies I am implementing to help ease me let go of the holiday blues.
How to Make Your Dreams Become your Reality
What’s that burning dream you have? That goal that gets you excited and gives you butterflies. Maybe it’s a dream to climb Kilimanjaro, to move into that idyllic cottage, to start your own business or run the marathon. That dream that starts to light you up inside.
But then you find all the reasons why you can’t do it. The timings not right, the finances won’t work, your family wouldn’t approve, and it’s just too big a project to take on at the moment. Before you know it the light is switched off and the dream is put back in its box for another day when it will be considered once more only to be shunned again. Sound familiar?
All I Want for Christmas is a New Job!
Dear Father Christmas
I know you are really busy this year and that technically as I am over 18 I don’t qualify for a delivery, but I’ve been working really hard and would be on your ‘nice list’. I would really love it if you could find me a new job, a job that makes me feel like I am making a difference each day, that allows me to grow and show what I have to offer. Ultimately I want a job I enjoy and allows me to thrive. I would really appreciate it if you could find the time.
Good luck with the Christmas deliveries and I hope you enjoy the New Year break.
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I don’t know who I am anymore.
When I first walked away from my corporate job, I was filled with great excitement and wondered what the next chapter of my life would bring. Who would I meet and where would it take me? I was a single girl with close family ties but nothing holding me down; I literally could go anywhere and try anything. But that was also extremely scary as everything that had come to define me and shape my daily routine was open to change. I found myself starting to question who was the real Kerrie and what did I want and what did I wanted my legacy to be.
Have you gone back to your old job?
Have you found yourself going back to that job that you know? You thought you had made the break, you had planned your escape but for whatever reason, you are back there. Maybe they offered you more money, perhaps you changed employer but it may as well be the same. Maybe you’ve gone from being an employee to a contractor. Perhaps you found yourself in a redundancy situation and you felt this would force you to do what you’ve wanted for a while, but then you got scared and thought better the devil you know and maybe this is as good as it gets. Could you think of nothing else and until you do you will stay with what you know you can’t put your family through this uncertainty.