Charting a New Course
And yet… A crazy world is certain to get crazier. The industrial economy is fading, and steady jobs with it. The financial markets will inevitably get more volatile. The Earth is warming, ever faster, and the rate and commercial impact of natural disasters around the world is on an exponential growth curve.
Hence the need for resilience, for the ability to survive and thrive in the face of change.
“How did I get here?”, “What happened?”, “Who moved my cheese?” “What’s next?”
You might have asked yourself one of these questions or something close to it over the last two years. We all have! Something strange is going on around us and it feels very different. We’ve been in career transitions before and we’ve landed before and maybe we’ve even been through it a couple of times over the last 20 years but, something has radically changed and we’re not feeling very comfortable at all.
During my executive coaching sessions over the past years with clients that are trying to get a “better handle” on their career direction or lack thereof, I frequently share with them a bus metaphor to help them visualize what might be going on in their “career world” as a way of assessing some of the real challenges they’re facing in moving forward.
Have you ever asked yourself, “How the hell did I fall into this career rut”? If you haven’t, you will. If you have, relax, you’re not alone. You’ve got plenty of company!
You see, the very fact that you recognize you’re in a career rut means you’re actually getting ready for a change……….maybe, a real change!
Start out your mental journey with another question, “How do I begin to climb out of this career rut?” Your desire to do something about it changes your attitude and attitude has everything to do with your happiness and success (however you define it). So, even if you’re feeling worn out, determine to do something about it, use that energy to take the first step in turning things around.
You know it won’t be easy and like kicking any habit, there is always pitfalls and backsliding. But, you need to keep searching for a way out. You can’t give up! You can’t settle! You’re too good for that and you know it!
Simply put, we ALL have to decide whether we picture ourselves as a VICTIM of our past choices or as a CAPTAIN of our future! You’ve got to choose, you’ve got to commit, you’ve got to take this first step!
And you know, you can do it…………………..