How to Simplify Career Choices

woman standing on stairs smiling near wallI was 17 years old fresh out of high school and had a world of career opportunities available to me. I was passionate about personal development and knew a lot on the topic but I didn’t do anything fruitful with my passion until I was 45 years old.  Clearly I’m not so fast at following through on my best career path. Fears and limiting beliefs can stop us from following through on our ideal direction.

Dr Demartini describes seven fears that weaken our potential to achieve our goals.

  • Fear of not knowing enough
  • Fear of loss of money
  • Fear of losing connection with loved ones
  • Fear of social rejection
  • Fear of ill health, death or disease
  • Fear of breaking ethics or spiritual rules 

Then there’s always the glass ceiling, what will the neighbours think and who am I to think I can acheive my dreams anyway.

I think I had all those fears and more. Eventually and fortunately for me, I found the right path and starting counseling and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. In spite of the challenges including being catapulted out of my comfort zone and earning $5 an hour at the start. It was worth it.

It’s never too late to discover work that ignites you. This work helps you grow, enhances your strengths, reduces your weaknesses and makes you feel more confident and complete.  Your energy, drive and enthusiasm become almost endless. You still have moments of self doubt, but your innate desire motivates you to get back on the horse and keep moving forward. You continue because you enjoy the journey, regardless of how far the goal is.

Here’s what you can do to simplify your career choices:

  1. Write a list of the 10 most important achievements or actions you would regret if you didn’t accomplish them before you die. Because we’re focusing on career, include at least one career achievement.
  2. Write a list of your top 10 career values eg financial certainty, social connection. Follow this link for a list of career values: Career Values
  3. Discover how important your core needs are in your career choice. Number them on a scale of 1-6, on their level of importance to you. According to Tony Robbins your core needs are: certainty, variety, individuality, connection, growth and contribution. Follow this link for more information on Core needs 
  4. Set specific life goals that are in line with your bucket list.
  5. Contemplate your answers. What do they tell you about yourself?
  6. Brainstorm career goals that are aligned with your bucket list, life goals, values and core needs.

When I was 17, if I had known then what I know now it would have been much easier for me to choose a more satisfying career sooner. If I’d have known then that identifying my bucket list, values, core needs and life goals can set you on a passion filled career path, well…… I’d probably be rich and famous by now (tongue in cheek).

It’s never too late to find a passion.   If you would like some more clarity and direction about your career feel free to contact me for a chat.


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