As a kid I remember being told lots of conflicting advice.
I have a younger brother (who I love and adore) and like all little kids we used to fight.
One day my brother and I started fighting over a toy and my brother hit me because I wouldn’t let him have it…I started to whine and could feel my lip start to quiver, I was told:
“You’re too sensitive”
On another occasion we were fighting over same said toy and I told him told him off for pushing me around. I was then told:
“You need to be more patient”
I was so confused.
In life I think we often get told conflicting messages – like there’s a black and white way to see things. When the truth is things are often very much in the grey.
What’s right for you, may not be right for me, and vice versa.
When it comes to your career and business choices, I believe that you’ve got to do a little deep inner work first before giving away your power to others.
It’s all well and good seeking advice on what to do next in your career but when you’re asking the other person to make a decision for you that’s just dangerous and not very empowering either.
I’ve learned that you’ve got to get clear on where you’re going first before you seek out advice or information from others to make these important career and business choices.
Where asking for advice can backfire is where you give over control and expect the other person to make decision for you.
It’s important that you take the driving seat to figuring out where you’re going in your career and today I’m going to share with you the 5 steps to getting there.
Step 1: Get clear on your vision or desire for your career.
What is it that you’re looking to achieve in your body of work?
For some people, building a big company like Google or Apple is exciting.
For others being a lone ranger and being a freelancer is the dream.
You’ve got to identity what your personal vision or desire is for you.
Step 2: What’s important to you?
What are your values?
This will help you figure out your priorities. You can reverse-engineer a career path that works for you.
For some money and financial stability is big so working hard and sacrificing perhaps health or time with family is OK.
For others, time with family is a priority and so flexible work is going to be of critical importance.
Look at where you are at in your life and what season you are in. When you’re single you can perhaps afford to be a little more career focused and when you’re a young mum perhaps you want to have more flexibility so you don’t miss out on time with your kids. Again choose what’s important to you.
Step 3: Understanding what’s purposeful and meaningful to you
You spend most of your working hours at the office and in a job. It’s super important that you feel connected to this mission and purpose.
Without it you won’t feel like you’re achieving very much. You’ll hit your goals but won’t feel a sense of fulfillment or pride.
Step 4: Get clear on what you’re good at
When you do work that you love, it energizes you and builds your confidence. It’s a beautiful upward spiral that keeps you going.
Your strengths come so naturally to you that you might not be able to see it. It doesn’t have to be hard.
Let it be easy. You have a unique zone of genius. Take the time to find it.
When you do then you create value in the market for what it is that you do and build your confidence.
Step 5: Cultivate a sense of positivity and self-belief
Do whatever works for you. Whether that’s journaling, creating a vision board or surrounding yourself with people who are supporting you. Make sure you’re setting yourself up for success.
Those are the 5 steps to go through before you ask for advice from others.
When you’re clear on this information then you can get the right information you need to find out in order to craft that career or business that matters to you.
If you want to dig into this deeper then I invite you to join the free 5-day Unlock Your Brilliance e-course that I created to help you specifically on these 5 areas. It’s designed to help you kick-start your career. You can do that by clicking HERE.
In the mean time I want to hear from you:
What’s confusing on where to go next in your career?
Leave a comment below.
Wishing you a beautiful week!
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