Feeling unmotivated or unsure of why you’re here? You may need to get out of your own “personal bubble” to find your answer.
At Now What?® we know that your purpose is bigger than you; it needs to serve others.
Read on for some ideas on how to move beyond the personal and into a larger purpose.
This is coaching 101, but it’s not old news. It’s news that needs to be revisited anytime you get stuck. If you’re not getting the results you want, if you’re frustrated because you feel clueless as to your next steps or if you just feel stale, these basics will be worth the visit.
When you feel stuck it means the energy that flows through your body and your environment is stuck and some very concrete moving of the furniture, literally and figuratively, can get things flowing again.
Recently, I found myself in a slow-moving time. My weight was up. My energy was low. My business had too much waiting going on and not enough momentum. I knew it was time to revisit the basics. I changed my game with food and the gym. I spoke some truths in relationships that weren’t working and I cleared out my closet, my garage, and my kids’ rooms getting rid of stuff we no longer needed or used.
I kept up my home and work responsibilities but put the bulk of my weekend time into this endeavor. Out of the blue (but not really because this is what happens when you do this) I got an inquiry about blogging for the Huffington Post because the editor had been at Kripalu where I recently led a retreat and my books called to her from the shelves as a match for her department.
I cleared my way to a new opportunity (and a few others that showed up in the same week) and so can you.
MOVE—Get your body moving. If you do yoga, do more. If you exercise, change your routine. If you don’t do anything, start walking for twenty or thirty minutes a day. Just get that energy moving!
DUMP—Get rid of stuff. Go paperless, pare down to only essentials in your closet, gift or donate unwanted items. Immediately! (not someday)
ACQUIRE—Invest in that which will help you operate more effectively. For example, if you can’t get papers off your desk? Buy a two or three tiered in/out box and create a new system.
SHIFT– Shift relationships that are not working. Have that difficult conversation or take a break from someone or a group you may need to take time away from.
INSPIRE—Motivate yourself by doing something that inspires you. Whether it’s a walk in nature or scaring yourself silly by doing something you’ve long thought of attempting.
All of these things ‘shake the bushes’ as I call it and get the cobwebs out of your brain and your routine. The results can be very rewarding. From that ah-ha realization to a new opportunity, you will cause change.
Do it until the dawn breaks and the next time you are stagnant or stuck, do it again. It’s a rinse and repeat type of thing.
We’re here if you need help.
Some helpful thoughts here that may broaden your perspective on career change. In the Now What? career transition coaching process, examining your life story is often a pinnacle moment because it helps you connect the dots in a new way. Patterns and possibilities emerge that can only be detected in the context of your whole story. Once understood, the next chapter often writes itself.
Special thanks to Britta Stromeyer Esmail, the author of today’s article.
Here Mary Lou Quinlan discusses how to “break out of stale roles” and choose your work identity consciously. She also offers some specific examples of women who did this successfully. We agree with this approach and think that identifying your Who is an essential part of career transition coaching. In the Now What?® process, we look at Who You Are to Others, both in the professional realm as well as your personal life, and pose the question: Who do you want to be?
“Who Are You at Work? Finding Your Identity.” Mary Lou Quinlan