In 2002 I was miserable.
I dreaded going to work, felt dead inside, and didn’t know what the future of my career life would be.
I had a good job that didn’t fill me up; it left me wanting more.
Gradually, I realized that my career was happening to me. By not making a deliberate decision about where I was spending 50+ hours of my week, I was giving over control of my present, and my future, to others.
With the help of a talented career counselor, a lot of self-reflection, support from my family, and then massive action, I defined what I truly wanted from my career and then went out and created it.
And I’ve never looked back.
Over the 10 years that I have been coaching professionals through career and life changes, like I’ve just described here that I went through myself, I have learned that, although each person’s journey is unique, that the process of making a change like this fundamentally includes five steps.
Those steps are both logical and also filled with heart, creativity, and self-reflection.
When put together into a sequence, linear or otherwise, they are the keys that allow a person to go from feeling like they are punching the clock in their job to on the path to crafting and enjoying a vibrant, life-affirming career.
Last week I held a teleclass on the subject of Your Joyful Career, taking listeners on a journey through the five steps, illustrating my points with true stories of professionals—including myself—who have transformed their lives as a result of self-study, visioning, and action. As part of the class, I introduced a self-study course that I’ve just launched to allow busy professionals to be guided through the five steps of conscious career design so that in just 15-30 minutes a day, they can make changes like the one I described above that I went through.
On the call I talked about:
- How delving into your past—selectively—holds clues to your future.
- How to get out of your head to discover what’s next for you.
- The essentialness of taking action before you feel “ready” to proceed.
I’ve learned a lot in 10 years of coaching, working with hundreds of professionals to change their lives and careers for the better.
I have boiled down much of what I’ve learned into this powerful class. I’m making it available through The Career Space , my free library of resources, so I hope you’ll give it a listen.
If you are seeking a career or life transition this year, and feel not sure of how to go about it, listening to this call will give you a framework for how to be, think, and take action so that 2014 is the year that you took the reins in your life.