When discovering a more fulfilling career direction, there are several actions I advise my clients to embrace.
This includes taking action rather than just thinking, following your curiosity rather than waiting for passion to fall into your lap, and thinking differently about failure.
In this article I’ll talk about the ONE MISSING PIECE, which is key if you really want to experience the joy of fulfilment and the joy of knowing you have made the right career decision for yourself.
I have just recently discovered this piece, and now that I’ve found it, I can see how it was missing from the way I approached many major earlier career decisions.
Had I used it, the effect of my words and my actions at the time would have not only been far more impactful, but also more enjoyable.
The missing piece I’m talking about is vulnerability.
Vulnerability means that you are willing and open to tell the story of who you really are, with your whole being. It means you have the courage to admit that you are not perfect, and to embrace opportunities and situations that have the potential to enrich your life or inflict pain on you. This could mean being open to opportunities such as taking a big career gamble, with no guarantee of the outcome.
This really hit home when I watched the TED talk by Brene Brown, who spent 6 years studying the topic of vulnerability. She found that the people who experienced love, belonging and connection, were the ones that really believed they were worthy of experiencing love, belonging and connection. The other thing these people had in common was a sense of courage, to show the world who they actually are, and letting go of who they ‘should be’.
Why does this matter?
The people who led the most meaningful and connected lives, were the ones who accepted that being vulnerable is the only way to be truly authentic.
Vulnerability leads to authenticity, and authenticity leads to experiencing your life as meaningful and fulfilling.
This finding leads us back to the beginning, where I talked about the importance of finding out what authentic means to YOU, as authenticity looks different for everyone.
What does it look like to you?
Does it mean you finally accept that writing is your passion, or that you always wanted to take up drawing or gardening?
Or maybe, you still don’t know what ‘your thing’ is, but now you have the courage to explore and find out?
I believe every person has been given unique gifts and abilities, but many of us are afraid to really use them to their full potential, as receiving criticism on something that is close to our heart, can be scary and painful. And the truth it, yes it can be scary (but fear is literally an imaginary stream of consciousness), and yes it can be painful (but it’s never as bad as you think it will be, and it’s through experiencing setbacks that we grow).
I sincerely hope that you have been moved to think about the life you’re currently living, and the life you’d genuinely like to live.
I’m a transformational coach, and if you feel you’d like some help to make some big changes in your life and career, then hit reply and let’s talk.
I believe the best investment you could ever make is in yourself, so with that said,
To your success and happiness,
Christine is a Career Business Coach and works with driven professionals who are stuck on a career path without excitement and purpose. She takes a big picture approach and helps people figure out what they’d love to do, and how to make it happen.
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