I’ve coached several people over the past few weeks who have all struggled with the same dilemma. I figured if they are struggling you might be also so let me address it here.
How do you make your next career move and ensure that it’s not the “wrong” move? How do you choose confidently so that you won’t look back and wish you’d done something different?
As with everything else in career, the answer is both simple and difficult. The simple answer is that you can never 100% guarantee that you won’t regret it. But you also can’t live in fear of regret. So make a choice and go with it, trusting that you can course correct.
The difficult answer is that you make the choice that is most aligned with who you are because you guarantee with greater certainty before you ever sign the contract or start the job that you are set up for success.
How do you figure this out?
The process is challenging but worth it. You need to get really clear about who you are and then use that information as a lens to analyze your options for fit. Pick the option that is most aligned with who you are and you can move forward with a high level of certainty that the option you are about to choose is congruent, and congruence is key.
“Who you are” breaks down into three things: values, talents, and ideal environment.
Values are why you do what you do. They are your core beliefs.
Talents are what you do best. The innate abilities you have that separate you from others and make you unique.
Ideal environment is where you thrive; under what circumstances you do your best work.
Piece these three together and you’ve got a comprehensive “profile of self” that you can use as your lens.
This profile of self is both easy and difficult to create — easy in that you already know all the answers and difficult to actually create in that it takes some serious reflection. Some people can reflect on their own and simply need to ask the right questions. Others work better talking this through with someone who can help them synethsize the information.
If you need help, I have two options:1. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ve been career coaching folks for years and helping them sort through this info. I take on a small group of coaching clients and will be taking on at least 2 more people in the next few weeks. I simply don’t have the time with my current job to coach everyone who reaches out, but I can handle a group of about 7 or 8 people. If you’re interested, reach out and I can send you more info.
2. In late December/early January I’m launching a 6-year project into the world — Reset: How to Get Paid to Be You. It’s a 150-page book I’ve been working on for way too long to help people figure out their career path. I’m pumped, and anxious, and ready to get it out there to help people figure these things out. It’s loaded with activities, case studies, and questions to help you create your own profile of self. If you’re interested in being notified when it comes out leave a comment below, email me, or subscribe to the blog below:
I’ll be providing an offer or deal to my subscribers a few weeks before the book releases. The easiest way to get in on it is to subscribe and join the tribe. It will also be available on Amazon in both e-book and print format.
Here’s to starting the new year doing more of what you love!
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