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Episode #70: Career Strategies to Immediately Gain Clarity About Your Future

Career Strategies for Guiding Your Future

Today, we’re going to talk about three career strategies that you can implement right away, and I’ll help you decide which strategy is right for you.

I chose this topic today because I know so many clients want to clarify whether they’re doing the right work…

clarity about how not to settle for another mismatched job…

or clarity about what steps to take to create positive change.

And let’s be honest, many of my past career decisions were not guided by clarity!

In my first several jobs, even well into my career, decisions were made out of fear and a lack of clarity, and I want to tell you about it because I think you’ll be able to relate…

There’s a saying in the careers industry that you’ll know it’s time to make a job or career change when you start asking yourself if it’s time to make a change. While there is truth to that, there’s more to making your decision.

3 Career Strategies for Clarity

Strategy #1

Explore what you want more of in your work-life. If you’re questioning whether you’re doing work that is right for you because most days you dread your job, then it’s crucial to do some self-exploration around what would bring more joy and satisfaction to your work.

For example: Do you want more…Enjoyment, Opportunities to help others directly, work friendships, a professional identity, freedom, flexibility, independence, recognition, creativity, power and authority, better use of your time, and an increase in your earning potential, intellectual stimulation, less burnout?

This strategy is for you if you are just starting to think about a career change or job change because you’re not satisfied with your work, and you want to find more joy, meaning, and satisfaction in what you do.

Please identify what you want more of in your work-life and prioritize it.

Strategy #2

If you’ve been asking yourself if it’s time to make a change for a while now, then it’s time to get clear on the signs that this is indeed the right decision for you.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why you may want to make a job or career change. Some of the reasons why you may be considering a change are internal reasons, such as:

You dread getting up and going to work on Monday (even if you’re working from home)
This dread spreads its way into your weekend. You start to feel anxious or depressed on Sunday afternoon as you anticipate the upcoming workweek. You complain A LOT about your job to others.

If any of this sounds familiar, then as Keith Craft says, “If you grow through what you go through, you will create a breakthrough.” It’s time to do some personal growth work to move your professional life forward.

Suppose you are experiencing dread getting up to go to work each morning, and it’s even spreading into your weekends, anxiety and the Sunday afternoon blues, constant complaining about your job. In that case, it’s time for you to create an exit plan so that you are working your way out of a dead-end, dread-filled future.

To get started, I want you to ask yourself this question, “What am I no longer willing to tolerate in my work/life/career this year?”

Set a timer for 15 minutes and brain dump all the things you are no longer willing to tolerate. Please don’t overthink this, stop planning, or not write it down because you don’t know how to change it. Just do a full-on brain dump.

Next…

Strategy #3

Decide on your non-negotiables. This strategy is for everyone, regardless of your level of clarity, focus, and direction. It’s always wise to check in with yourself around your non-negotiables (the things you require to be happy, in your power, and free). These are things that you will not budge on or compromise on—they are your non-negotiables.

To decide on your non-negotiables, ask yourself the following questions:

What are you no longer willing to give your time and energy to?
What are the roles and responsibilities in your life that are not a value-add?
Another way to look at this is to discern— what things drain your energy and what things recharge your energy?

The ultimate goal is to only give your time and energy to things aligned with your requirements. They provide you with energy and bring happiness, joy, and freedom.

To review the 3 Career Strategies are:

Strategy #1 – What do you want more of in your work-life? This is for you if you’re just starting to think about a career change or job change because you’re not satisfied with your work, and you want to find more joy, meaning, and satisfaction in what you do.

Identify what you want more of in your work-life and prioritize it.

Strategy #2 – Take a closer look at the signs of whether it is or isn’t the right decision for you to consider a change.

This is for you if you’ve been asking yourself if it’s time to make a change for a while now. You’re experiencing dread getting up to go to work each morning, and dread spreads into your weekends. Anxiety kicks in, and the Sunday afternoon blues, with constant complaints about your job—then it’s time for you to create an exit plan so that you are working your way out of a dead-end, dread-filled future.

Strategy #3 – Decide on your non-negotiables. This is for everyone, regardless of your level of clarity, focus, and direction. It’s always wise to check in with yourself around your non-negotiables (the things you require to be happy, in your power, and free). These are things that you will not budge on or compromise on—they are your non-negotiables.

Want more career strategies? I put together a free clarity guide – How to Get Clear About Your Career!

Alright, that’s it for now. Please have a great rest of your day, and I look forward to connecting with you again right here, next week!

Bye for now.

Teena