Seeking a Career Change? Navigate the Leap Between Ready and Not Ready

Maybe it was the meeting where your idea got shot down until someone else repeated it and passed it off as theirs. Maybe you’re anxious about impending layoffs. Maybe it’s something outside of work.

Whatever it is, it’s got you thinking you’re ready for a new job or career.

Except you’re not ready. You might lack the savings you need for a long job search, a great recommendation from your boss, or the clarity you need to make wise decisions about what’s next.

Not Quite Ready

When I was six, a beloved aunt taught me to knit. Tried to, anyway.

With a professional career long before mainstream media talked about “women’s lib,” she also loved cooking, sewing, and needlework. Her feminism inspired me from the time I can remember, but lacking the fine motor skills I needed for success, that first lesson only inspired frustration and tears. Six months later, as if by magic, I experienced success that sparked a lifelong love of knitting.

Two Strategies

In the time between my first two knitting lessons, I only had to do my regular kid stuff and wait for my fine motor skills to grow. As a professional preparing to change jobs or careers, you need to do more a bit more, including:

  • cultivating sustainable well-being to fuel you where you are right now, throughout your career transition, and across all areas of your life going forward and
  • gaining clarity about your strengths, values, and priorities to make wise decisions about what to seek in the next step in your career and how to get there.

Your Right Balance

Perfect, static work-life balance is a myth, and even if it weren’t, the pace of our world throws so-called perfect balance out of whack even before we attain it. To positively navigate today’s world, you need to cultivate your perfect imbalance and flex that imbalance amid constant ambiguity and chaos.

I use the Theory of Well-Being, described by Martin Seligman in Flourish, as a framework to help clients discover and navigate their perfect imbalance. When you learn what fuels you across its five domains of well-being – positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and achievement – you can grow the flexible balance that supports your well-being, resilience, and lifelong growth and development.

Doing and Being, How and Where

You also need to get clear about your values, strengths, and priorities.

Values are ways of being in the world that come naturally to and energize you, while strengths are your natural ways of getting things done in the world. I use research-based tools that provide clear, consistent vocabulary, the VIA Survey of Character Strengths and Clifton StrengthFinder, to help clients understand and use their values and strengths. 

Priorities? Discovering them simply takes getting clear about the ways in which and places where you want to use your values and strengths, the how and the where.

Getting Ready

Knowing how to grow well-being and getting clear about your values, strengths, and priorities, lets you do more than just ease the transition from one job to the next. It also sets you up to experience more ease and joy right where you are, knitting lessons not required.

Ready to learn more? Book a consultation to discover how I can help you navigate a career change, find a new job, cultivate well-being, and get clear about your values, strengths, and priorities.

image: Pixabay; used with permission
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