Rationalizing, logically ruminating, and plotting are not the most successful ways to figure out what’s next for you in your career and work life. They are good skills and have worked before. However, once you’ve landed on my site or email list, you’re frustrated and looking for new answers.
I’ve got them.
Wake up to how you’re feeling to move the needle on your career exploration!
How you’re feeling is a much better indicator of career satisfaction than thinking.
How do you feel about doing your current job?
How do you FEEL about the things you’d do if you could wave the “magic coaching wand?”
Two different feelings, likely. Am I right?
I know. I know.
“Yeah, I’d love to do that thing (that feels better) but:”
- I don’t know how to make it happen.
- No one will hire me.
- I can’t make any money at it.
- I’ve invested so much in what I’m doing now.
Did I miss one?
OK. Look. Let’s get real. Yes, there are many obstacles to doing “the thing” that feels right. Biggest one is your thinking (and logic and all that mentioned at the top of this article!) So, what do you do?
Gather the data. What feels right contains data. It’s in your DNA (in my humble opinion); however, we live in a world that doesn’t honor that as it should, but you have to. Harvest this information. Observe how you can transfer some or all of what feels right into your current situation or a new one that is immediately more attainable.
For example, let’s say that your “magic wand” move would be to be a writer. Finding your way to writing full time and getting paid for it may seem far off, but that should not be a sign to abandon it. How do you get writing into your life now? Can you do it as a hobby? Can you do more writing at your job? Is there a job change you can make internally that can include more creativity?
Often, the thing we most want to do can be done in some other “form” (novelist vs. adding creativity to your current job) that brings about more satisfaction and fulfillment. It’s not necessarily a substitute, but rather tapping what you truly want out of being a writer in the first place (to be creative).
This is just one example. Yours is as unique as you are.
What I hope is that you can see that you’ll not logically find your way to a next, satisfying career move. Your body – your feeling – is your best indicator of what’s next.
Wake up. Listen deeply.
Tap us/me if you need an assist.