You Choose Your Career or Did It Choose You?
Are you in a career you love?
Or, did you get so good at what you have been doing that it became your
livelihood? If you are dissatisfied in your career, it could be because
you are in the wrong one.
We all have a purpose
for being on this planet, and you might not be living yours. Dissatisfaction
occurs not because you are doing something incorrect, but because you are
not living up to your fullest potential.
You know this is the case
when other endeavors have been nagging at you, and you have been wondering
for a long time why you are not doing something else.
Is it possible to make the
at this point in your career? You bet it is! Here are 7 steps
to show you how:
1. Believe That
You Can Have a Career You Love
This might sound like a silly
statement, but many people disagree with me when I tell them that it is
possible to enjoy their work. They tell me they tried once to do
something different, and it did not work. So, they gave up. But I
know deep down that they wish for something better. Stop wishing
and start believing. This first step is enough to move you forward.
2. Stop Waiting
For Your Dream Job to Be Handed to You
Have you ever looked around
and been jealous of people who are in their dream jobs? (I have.)
I spoke to a few and they all had one thing in common; they knew they were
tired of being unhappy and decided to do something about it.
They took responsibility for what was not working in their careers, and
made a decision to change it. They knew that their dream job would
not happen by accident, and they choose to pursue what they wanted.
If they could do it, then so can you.
3. Decide What
What do you want your next
career to look like? Will it be in the same industry? Or, in different
one? Will you have your own business? Or, will you be consulting
so you have more time with your family and friends? (And yourself!)
Right here is where most people stop dead in their tracks because they
wonder how to make it work. Worry about paying bills come into their
minds. Doubt about whether anyone will pay them if they switch industries,
jobs, etc. circle around in their heads.
Yes, these are real concerns.
But if you wait until every detail is figured out first, you will be doing
what you are doing now for the rest of your life. Decide what you
want, and put it on paper. You might be surprised to see that you
have just created a pretty good outline for your future.
4. Research And
Use this time to explore
the possibilities you see for yourself. Spend time on the Internet,
read books, magazines, etc. Act as if there are no obstacles and
no way you can fail. Immerse yourself in the excitement of creating your
5. Tell Those
Who Are Close To You
This is not so they can say
I told you so if it does not work out. Telling them about your next
career move will keep the idea fresh in your mind. It also becomes
more real as you hear it a few times. Plus, you never know where
your next great idea or suggestion will come from. Let the people
in your life contribute to you as you have been doing for them your whole
life. Let them know about the brand new you!
6. Create Attainable
What are your immediate goals?
Short term goals? Long-term goals? Creating this list will motivate
you if you become overwhelmed. It will also give you perspective
if you tell yourself that you should be doing more. By having your priorities
and your plan in place, you can focus on the task at hand. Yes, other ideas
may present themselves to you, but you can decide if they will further
your goal, or deter you. Eliminate what will hold you back, and incorporate
what will move your forward.
7. Set A Date
When will you be in your
new career? Yes, there will be factors that determine when this actually
happens, but giving yourself a specific date produces something to shoot
for. For example, when you set a date for your vacation, you live
into that future. You make plans and arrangements so you can get away.
You visualize yourself having fun and the days leading up to your trip
are filled with more fun. The same thing happens in your career.
You say when you will have your new career, and you put the actions in
place to make it happen. It's powerful stuff but only if you use
So what do you say?
You spend so much of your time
working that you might as
well do something that you
here to find a career you can be passionate about
by Deborah Brown
is a noted Career and Mentor Coach who helps entrepreneurs, executives
and pofessionals move into careers they love, excel at the ones they have,
start their own businesses, and find time for themselves. She also hosts
"Life After The Layoff" telephone coaching groups that helps laid off executives
use the power of a group to find their next jobs quickly. To learn more
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