What we all need is to find meaning, substance in what we like to do, what our destiny is. Know what our personality type is. Are you proactive or more the creative type. When you’re in transition, you’ll be faced with different challenges, when seeking a new career or pursuing an endeavor.
There are questions you need to ask yourself, then apply them towards your aptitude.
Reflecting on them should give you the perspective you need on your strengths, which should determine your career path a lot clearer.
What you need is to retrospect, why you’re in the current career you’re in. Is it everything you’ve ever wanted and hoped for.
If it isn’t, what would you prefer to do. What’s recommenced, is you face the anxiety on what you want in life.
Does Your Effort Matter To You
You need to honestly ask yourself, what you would rather be doing that really matters to you.
You need to first realize you do matter, as often we forget. We forget our feelings, thoughts, and the actions we take does make a difference to ourselves as well as others.
So does your work matter to you. If you think it doesn’t, then what you need is to have a head to heart chat with yourself. It’s up to you to make the changes.
Can You Forgive And Just Let It Go
Once you hang on to your anger, grudges, and frustrations regarding the past, doing so can prevent you from moving your life forward.
Maybe you didn’t get that promotion, or get the job because someone else was more qualified, or had the inside edge.
You need to just let it go, as it’s part of the process.
You may need to forgive yourself first, as the interview you just had wasn’t your best, or you had grammar mistakes in your cover letter, etc. Just forget about them.
Don’t dwell, just fix the mistakes, forgive yourself and then move on. Realize how your lack of forgiveness, has held you back in the past.
What Type Of Effort Do You Need
Especially when you’re pursuing that perfect dream job. Know the exact realities you need to surrender to, what you need to accept and then stop fighting them.
That perfect “dream” job or career you fantasize, might need to be tempered by reality. You might want to own your own business by the beach, but you have no clue where to begin.
Are you able to make the changes necessary to live that dream. If so, then begin, but if you’re not able to, it becomes important to acknowledge you can’t, and then move forward from there.
What’s behind that dream of owning the business by the beach. Is it the flexibility, the freedom, being your own boss.
Measure the gap which exists between your dream occupation, and where you are right now. See how far apart they are. Be realistic about it.
Are You In Control Of Your Life
What internal battles are you currently having with yourself, that’s preventing you from furthering or beginning your new career.
Are you easily distracted by watching TV or surfing the Internet, or focused on the drama that is your life, or the life of someone else.
There are a variety of ways on how you can procrastinate, which prevents you from facing and chasing your vision.
So you need to get control of your life, as that’s one area you can dictate.
Your Own Career Choice
Is your current career your choice, or did someone pick it for you. Was it your decision to become a lawyer because it’s the family business, or were you influenced, pressured by someone.
So reflect back, this if you’re not happy with the current career you’re in.
Or maybe it’s a case of you not doing enough for yourself, or being assertive enough.
You might be a writer because you love to write, but you write what others want you to, and not what you want to.
Make Sure You Connect Yourself
If you are the artistic or creative type, you can easily and unintentionally isolate yourself. This since the creative process, usually involves working alone.
The same can occur when you’re searching for a job, as you’re forced to do so on your own, and there can be a lot of rejection. The tendency is to just take all the knocks and dejection yourself.
What you need instead is to connect, to network with others, so you can find new opportunities.
Find ways on how you can get the proper guidance and assistance from others, which includes getting potential job leads.
So rely on your network of friends, family, and loved ones for getting the support you need during the job search process. Doing so becomes extremely important.
What Does Success Mean To You
Have you set your goals so high you can’t reach them, which becomes discouraging, even before you begin.
Are your standards so high, your expectations are through the roof, you can’t realize or enjoy the small successes you have.
Big dreams and visions are great, but if they’re too exorbitant and out of reach, your level of success is most likely out of reach.
The stress and the anxiety you place on yourself, might keep you from trying.
So decide how you define what’s acceptable success for you.
For today, this week, success might just be finishing that resume and cover letter, or identifying a few potential employers. Accomplishing these should be considered a success.