Tap Into Your Inner Career Alchemist
“If you want to be successful in this world you have to follow your passion, not a paycheck” – Jen Welter, the NFL’s first female coach
You want a career you love, you want to follow your passion, but you don’t even know what it is. How do you figure out this whole passionate career thing when your fears have you stuck like a rat in a trap and you’re so frustrated you want to bang your head on your desk?
Then, not for the first time, you resign yourself to a career that’s okay but doesn’t really juice you.
You might not realize it, but you’re an alchemist.
Because you can transform those fears and frustrations into gold; the insights and awareness to create your passionate career.
I am going to show you how…..
- Shift Your Perspective
If you went into a clothing store believing there won’t be anything you like, or if there is, it’s not likely to be in your size; or, even if there is, it will be too expensive – you’ve set yourself up for failure from the get go.
The same goes for finding your passion. If you believe your fears are too strong, too deeply ingrained to move past or see the value in them, you’ve already closed yourself off from the possibility of discovering your passionate career.
We get what we think about. So, when you reframe your thinking to tell yourself, “Won’t it be nice when I discover the career story my fears are telling me?”, you move from closed to curious. Being curious allows insights to flow to you.
For example, say you’re afraid you’re not good enough to pursue a career you find fascinating. When you’re in an open and curious mindset, your insight might be that “not good enough” is simply a worn-out story from your past. You free yourself to explore ideas such as, does this fear serve me? Maybe it did when you were younger, but now you can wave goodbye to it.
Bless the fear, because it once kept you safe. Then let it go. Picture yourself tossing your fear into a river. Let the current carry it away.
2. Connect The Dots
Like Connect The Dots coloring books, your frustrations obscure a picture of what your ideal career would be.
Your task is to find the dots!
Say you notice you’re often frustrated that people with disabilities are excluded from events you attend. Perhaps you have a relative or close friend who’s disabled and you’re sensitized to their needs.
You find yourself checking buildings for wheelchair-accessible ramps and elevators, and wondering why they’re missing. When you hear news stories about a disabled person being discriminated against, you feel drawn to action on their behalf.
These are all dots you can connect: perhaps your passionate career is that of disability advocate? One of my clients with a disability had developed substantial knowledge of government support systems for the disabled. She turned her passion and expertise into a career she loves as a consultant.
3. Set Your Imagination On Fire
With the abundance of information available on the internet, you can not only research new career possibilities but you may even discover a career you love that you can do online or on the phone.
As I’ve written before, technology has allowed people to re-create their beloved career in a different way when they’re faced with physical challenges. As well, there are jobs available today that weren’t feasible in the past. You can teach English to children in China from your home. Perhaps you’re passionate about supporting others in their role – nowadays virtual assistants are commonplace.
Once you’ve shifted your perspective and connected the dots to create a beautiful picture, let your imagination run free and discover the possibilities that await you.
Unleash The Alchemist
The next time you’re sitting at your desk, chin propped on your hand, staring into space wondering where this alleged passionate career is – remember, the shape of it is there in your fears and frustrations. Yes, those same fears that are keeping you frozen in place.
Be glad for your fears. Honor your frustrations. They’re simply gold in a different form, waiting for you to transform them.
In the future, when you’re feeling blessed and loving the career you’ve discovered, you’ll smile when you think back to how you nearly missed the riches contained in your frustrations and fears that at once time seemed insurmountable. Then you’ll turn to your co-worker who’s telling you about her own anxieties and say, “Let me tell you a story about someone who turned their fear into gold.”
Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.