The truth about career confusion

Nine times out of ten, clients embracing career change are not confused. Part of our program is to work through the process of getting clarity; a systematic way of uncovering your inner truth and desires. Most clients are amazed at how easy it is to come up with all the answers of what the next career step looks like. The answers are within you; we coax them out with proven techniques.

But career clarity is only the beginning of what you need to make a career change.  You need to act if you want to achieve your goals and often, doubt, rather than confusion gets in our way.

I know how it feels to go through a significant change in career paths. I’ve done it several times. I'll never forget the day I realised what it was creating my negativity. I was no longer happy in my long-time career where I’d been successful and met a lot of amazing people. Staying didn’t feel right, but I kept at it for fear of taking a risk or letting others down. Sometimes, our career decisions would be a lot easier if we listened to our instincts and just went for it.

Taking the next step

Figuring out a career fit based on your strengths, skills, values and lifestyle desires, is a great move, but for those who choose a career that is outside the norm or a completely new career path, taking the next step can suddenly feel like you are trying to walk with concrete blocks tied to your legs.

We get stuck. It’s more common than you think and when clients show up after having been stuck for a while, they are often worried about their mental well-being. This is the reason we spend time defusing emotional triggers and blocks as part of our Career Reboot process. Your blocks are specific to you, but here are three common ones we see time and time again.

Self-Doubt

Imagine this; you’ve now got clarity about your career goals, you have a dream, a desire, a vision. You are wondering how to get there? Initially you feel excited, but then frustration sets in; wondering why what you want seems out of your reach. Or, maybe you know exactly how to get there, but you are not doing what you know you should.

Check in with your level of confidence. It may be that you are stuck in self-doubt, not believing you have it in you to make the change. No matter how exciting that change might be, self-doubt still gets in the way.

Becoming aware of your critical voice is a great place to start, because then you have the power to change it. You know the voice I’m talking about, it's the one that says, you’re not good enoughyou never finish anything, it’s not worth trying.

Be willing to consider that voice is wrong and start telling yourself positive statements like, I am good enough and I’ll take one step today toward my new goal. 

Procrastination

Here is another block we see a lot. Even if you have a task or project you want to do and one you enjoy, getting going can be challenging. Instead of getting started, you make a phone call, check social media, start laundry, work on a different project; anything that allows you to continue procrastinating.

The real reason we procrastinate though is not the task itself. It’s often the emotions we’re feeling around the task. Sometimes the task may just seem too hard and there is some fear or resistance to putting effort into achieving it. Or perhaps we feel anxiety around having to learn a new skill or decide we are uncomfortable making a change. Like a career change.

Other times we may be afraid we won’t do a good enough job and worry what other people will think. There are lots of reasons we procrastinate and we are not always even aware of those reasons. At the root of procrastination though, we usually find unresolved emotions.

We encourage you to go exploring and see what emotions lie beneath your procrastination. Self-awareness really can be the catalyst to change.

Imposter Syndrome

If you don’t know what Imposter Syndrome is, it is basically feeling like you are an imposter in what you are doing, often professionally. Like you are not qualified to do it, that people will recognise you are a fake, not good enough, not smart enough.

It is an important thing to work past, especially if you are choosing a new job or business. Getting past imposter syndrome and recognising what it truly is; is important to allow you to get past the blocks and give yourself permission to be yourself, make mistakes and fail forward through a natural process, without feeling like you are being an imposter.

Imposter syndrome often comes up when we are trying something new like a career change.

The reality is that there is no difference between those who feel like an imposter and those who don’t in terms of their actual ability. The difference is in the way they think and what they think when those thoughts come up. 

I’ve had plenty of moments where I’ve felt like an imposter, but I also know to shift my mindset away from it. The difference is in how you approach your thought process once you have awareness that imposter syndrome has turned up.

Final word

We all have negative thoughts and emotions; it’s how we deal with them that makes the difference. It’s not that you get to a point where things like self-doubt, procrastination or imposter syndrome no longer show up. There still can be days where you doubt yourself or feel rejected, feel sad or angry or lonely. 

Becoming aware of what is blocking you is the first step to changing it. If you can recognise the emotions and blocks quickly then chances are, you can shift away from them quickly. Start by changing your thinking which will lead to a shift in mindset. It might take effort and courage, but the outcome will be worth it.

Self-awareness really is the catalyst to change. Take one step today toward becoming a better version of you!

Brenda