Take a New Direction with Your Professional Life

Life is always changing. That is one thing we can be sure of. Decisions about our lives, our family, our work, our spirituality, our relationships and our personal growth have to be made daily. By procrastinating and putting off these decisions we put off short-term urgencies which ultimately become long-term matters of concern and goals become very distant longings. It would serve our best interest to take action before we got to that point.

So let me ask you this;

Has your professional life reached the point where you feel stuck in a rut and you know that a change of direction is called for? Perhaps you feel there must be something better than this or you know you have more potential, but you don't know what it is. However, you do know that you're ready for work that is meaningful, fulfilling and rewarding. Now is the time to re-evaluate and see the true potential within you.

You may have some ideas about taking a new direction, but there's nothing concrete enough to take action on. Lack of action may be part of the problem. You may be spending more time and energy thinking about what's wrong with what you're doing at the moment, and then you're putting into changing it and finding the direction that fits you perfectly. There may be so many possibilities open to you that you're overwhelmed, don't know where to start and this causes you to do very little.

This direction may mean a complete change of career, a dramatic upgrade to your career or even a decision to start your own business. All are fairly big steps that you'll need to give some thought to and clarify them specifically for yourself. To make this big step successfully, I invite you to develop strategies for an overall game plan. Then you'll know what you're aiming for and will naturally see the next steps that you need to take.

This approach will take slightly longer to start with, but the right strategies will give you the permanent results and changes you want, rather than finding in a few months or years that you're back in the same place you're in now. Strategies maximize what you do and keep your priorities uppermost in your mind rather than doing things that are all scattered, which wastes time and causes frustration.

If you're ready to develop a game plan to identify your new direction, I invite you to consider and get clarity about the following areas. As you work through them and gain the clarity that's essential, you'll know that the steps you want to take are the right ones for you. What I want for you is work that fits you perfectly as the unique individual you are.

This may be the first time you've discovered, defined and clarified these things and it's a great opportunity to start with a fresh page. If you've considered these before, then now is the time to upgrade them or connect with them at a deeper level. After all, if you had absolute clarity about all these things, you'd know what direction to take.

• Your vision, mission and purpose
• Your personal values; what's important to you
• Your strengths, talents and abilities
• Opportunities and resources
• The work you're drawn to doing, ideally
• Ideal life, career or business
• Who you truly are and what you have to offer
• Skills, knowledge and experience you've accumulated
• Passions, interests, inspiration, likes and dislikes
• When you're at your best

I invite you to explore these areas in more depth, in order to gain the clarity needed to naturally uncover the direction you truly want to take with your work.

Remember that to achieve goals, it is vital to determine ones values and desires first. If individuals do not align their goals with their values, the chances of them not achieving their goals are pretty high. Even if the goals are reached, it leaves a sense of emptiness and continued despair.



“Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.”
Wayne Dyer quote


Kelli said...

Great post! thanx for sharing. is certainly food for thought!

May 18, 2008 at 4:57 PM
Anonymous said...

Seriously Christine! Are your writings directed towards me? LOL!
Just kidding..I have just recently made the decision to change my jobs. I was stuck in a rut and working 60+hours a week. But now I am going to be working about 30 and doing all the things that I love!

You are a true inspiration!

May 20, 2008 at 6:35 AM said...

Thank you Sista's!

LOL~ Angie...the beauty of "Sisterhood" that your not alone! As some point in our life, through experiences and paths chosen. We all have similar feelings.

Way to go girl!! Bravo!

Christine :)

May 20, 2008 at 8:54 AM
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