Did you ever wonder how you ended up where you are? How did it come to this?
Here's the secret: you aimed for it.
You always hit what you aim for.
Coaching clients often wonder how they ended up in a great paying job that sucks their energy at a massive bureaucratic organization. The truth is that's what they aimed for, consciously or not. They wanted great pay and stability regardless of (or, perhaps, more than) work quality.
But don't get discouraged. The principle works to your benefit as well.
Want something better? Aim for something better, then use the same tactics that got you where you are today to get you where you want to be tomorrow.
It may take some time, but you'll always hit it.
You can't say 100% about many things. It's so definite. Final.
100% of water is wet.
100% of the sun is bright.
100% of bacon is delicious (except turkey bacon, so I guess 99% of bacon...).
Here's a 100-percenter you can bank on:
100% of career dissatisfaction comes from values incongruence.
If you're not satisfied with what you're doing, it's because what you expected it to be and what it is are two different things -- they're incongruent. You have a set of values -- core beliefs -- that are so much a part of who you are that they drive every decision you make. And when those values are disregarded, trampled on, ignored, or threatened the result is dissatisfaction.
I meet with lots of career coaching clients who are dissatisfied with what they are doing and the answer, 100% of the time, is to diagnose what about their currently reality is misaligned with what they thought it would be.
Save yourself the headache of jumping jobs and looking around for something that's more satisfying and start by getting crystal clear about what in your current reality is incongruent.
HINT: It's not only values, but also talents that are dormant or environments that are misaligned.
At this point I've met with hundreds of people one-on-one to help them through their career journey. Each is person is unique, but the pattern is the same:
So DO SOMETHING.
When you've figured out that you can no longer live with your career the way it is, you really have three options, in order from most risky to least:
It doesn't matter so much which one you choose as long as you choose. Pick one and do something about it. The worst thing you can do when you discover you career isn't working (pun intended) is to do nothing at all.
Ignoring it won't make the dissatisfaction go away. Address it head on and choose to do something about it.
Hi! I'm Dustin.
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