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Career Tune Up

Career Tune UP

 Springtime naturally brings a sense of awakening for me. It’s a time of renewal and rebirth.   A couple weeks ago I went into my local mechanic for a routine oil & filter change.  It was a super busy Saturday and it took a couple hours to complete.  I was willing to wait because I know the importance of routine maintenance for a vehicle.   Your career is no different.

Successful careers involve regular check-ups (updates to your resumes with recent projects and accomplishments) and periodic more in-depth tune ups or alignments.

What about you?

What is your current career dilemma?

How satisfied are you in your current position?

Are you engaged and challenged professionally? Or do you feel deflated and tired at the end of the day?  Do you enjoy your work?  Wake up excited?

Carve out time to explore some questions.

What allows you to provide the best service to others?  Where do you add the greatest value?

What is it that brings you joy?  What type of work makes you happy?  Is it working with customers?  Promoting new programs?  Creating websites?  Developing enterprise infrastructure? Leading groups?  Training?

Think of this appointment as a “check-up from the neck up.”   Use the time to take stock.  Inventory your skills and your assets.  If you are unhappy, remember you have choices.   You have the ability to improve your happiness and career satisfaction; if you are willing to take action.

A career tune up involves taking an honest assessment of our knowledge, skills and abilities.  It involves exploring career options that maximize your value and contribution.  When your skills and interests overlap with your passion, you will experience greater levels of engagement, contribution and overall career satisfaction.   When you align your career with your innate talents, skills and abilities, everything flows more smoothly. Work becomes effortless and life more meaningful. You may be surprised when your energy and enthusiasm come back too!

Can I help you?  If you need help with exploring your career options, I provide career transition coaching in-person, over the phone and via Skype.

Dare to Soar

Many years ago I walked into a Successories store and bought cards that had a picture of an eagle with the words “Dare to Soar. Your attitude in life almost always determines your altitude.” I believe having a positive mental attitude is a key to success. That your attitude (and your actions) determines your place in life and in your career.

You may be reading this and thinking, “It’s not that simple.” Or “yes, but, you don’t understand, my case is different.” You may have a long list of reasons why you can’t succeed or have the career that you would love. It’s okay. I understand. For many years, I made excuses for not following my path. After all, I was a single mom raising two girls. How could I leave an industry and career track that had afforded me a six figure income, to pursue starting a business in career coaching when I needed the security of a steady income? However, when your work feels like drudgery and there is no joy, it’s time to evaluate what you are doing. If you are feeling burnt out, discouraged or depressed in your current job; know that these are symptoms of not following your vision.

It’s time to ask yourself some tough questions and assess your options. Pursuing your “dream” career does not have to be an all or nothing pursuit. Begin by listening to your heart. Give yourself permission to dream about what your ideal career would look like. Begin to chart out a career map. Take positive steps toward your goals. Update your resume. Network. Go after career openings that take you closer to your ideal role.

I am not suggesting that the process of following your vision, connecting with your passion, and pursuing your life’s purpose is easy. Nor is it a straight line. Often there are stepping-stones. You may have something you love to do that may be better as a hobby than as a career. Perhaps you’d like to be a photographer, yet you have a full-time career in Technology earning six figures. Do you leave a steady income that supports your family to pursue your utopian role of traveling the world, walking the beaches and taking pictures of sunsets? I’m not suggesting that you do. How about taking your camera with you on all your business trips? Carve out time for a couple of hours to take pictures and start sharing them with the world.

Funny how it works. When you give yourself permission to follow your heart and play in the realm you are passionate about; your happiness increases. Your overall well-being increases. You’re soaring and it’s effortless. Your energy is renewed. It carries over into all areas of your life, your friendships, your family, your community.

Find a visual that remind you of your goal. Whether it’s a card with an eagle with the words “Dare to Soar” or a handwritten sticky note that has the Nike slogan – Just Do It!

Dare. Risk. Visualize. Act. As the process unfolds, your confidence and self-respect will improve; your satisfaction with life will increase. You may even find yourself with other eagles soaring in the clouds.

If you need help discovering your strengths, exploring your career options and creating a map to your ideal career, contact MGM Solutions today. We can help you successfully transition your career.