Are you stressed, burnt out, looking for a career change and trying to define your career path? You can change the trajectory of your life. Just remember one very important point. Only YOU can make a difference in your life.
You need to decide and invest in the work required to build a fulfilling career. There is no magic solution, a book, or a coach that can provide you with all the answers to your unique situation. However, the answers exist, and they are all within you.
Sometimes, having a guide helps you discover these answers a bit faster. Ask yourself one simple question, “How much effort am I willing to put into building my successful career?”
You have to be willing to give up a lot of things and beliefs that are slowing you down or holding you hostage. Life is unsustainable when you are paralyzed by constant fear of failure. If you are willing to give it a try, then simply take one step and do it! I just published a Guide to a Successful Career Transition that helped over a thousand of my clients to get assistance in discovering new passions and jobs. In this workbook, I guide readers step by step to ensure you are supported along your transformational journey.
I do have to warn you! If you are looking for a magical solution to reduce stress and find a so called work-life balance, you most likely will be stuck for longer than needed in your search. Life and work are inseparable. As long as I remember, work-life balance has been a popular phrase. I am not a fan of this phrase, as it is misleading and chasing this type of balance brings no lasting results. The main reason people can’t attain it is because they completely neglect self care and building healthy relationships with others. Writer Annie Dillard said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” If you are only trying to achieve career success without making changes to your mindset and the overall personal well-being, you might want to reconsider your approach. According to PayScale (2018), people only spend 328 days on average socializing with friends over the course of their life. In the book, Happiness at Work, Jessica Pryce-Jones states that for a lot of people 1/3 of a lifetime or 90,000 hours will be spent at work.
The Conference Board (2018) reports that 53 percent of Americans are currently unhappy at work. Are you one of these 53 percent? If you are, statistically speaking, a great portion of your life will be spent unhappy in general. Why? This unhappiness will trickle into your personal affairs as well. While working you are living. Therefore, separating work and life, while attempting to become fulfilled, is unattainable. Look at your life as a whole and strive for an overall balanced living without separating your work from it.
You need to tap into some of the personal life values that will be your guiding light. You have to follow the light within you, and this involves looking at yourself as a whole person, not just a job seeker.
As Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trace winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
If you are ready to start making meaningful changes, consider ordering a Guide to a Successful Career on lulu.com. It contains practical tools and exercises that can help you achieve your dreams and reduce stress caused by unfulfilling career.