New Year, New Decade
Depending on how we view it, the phrase, “Happy New Year” can be optimistic, presumptuous or incredibly annoying. For some, the new year brims with promise, excitement, renewal and forward momentum. For others, it gives us permission to turn the page, start fresh and try new things. And still for others, it’s a frustrating reminder that time is fleeting and we’re still not where we want or expected to be.
What’s ahead of you?
A friend once asked me if the best five years of my career were behind me or ahead of me? Powerful question! Despite my decades of experience, I believe the best is yet to come. What about you? Is your career where you want to be or are you stuck? If you’re on track, carry on. If you’re stuck in the mire and can’t get out, let’s talk.
You’re in the driver’s seat
No one will, or should, care more about your career than you. More often than not, the biggest hurdle between the career we have and the career we want is us. Our beliefs, attitudes, fears feelings, and experiences can either hold us back and limit our possibilities and keep us stuck. Or they can propel us toward the fulfilling, storied career we’re seeking. It’s up to us to take the wheel.
Meet some of the Saboteurs
Say hello to Fear and Self-Limiting beliefs: For seven years, Karen’s been stuck in a management job she loathes. She’s talented, has two degrees, decades of experience, yet she believes there’s no other options out there for her, especially because she’s over 50. She’s stressed, unfulfilled and underutilized but feels trapped because she needs to work and can’t leave because the unknown is so, well… uncertain.
Introducing Fog and Vague: Bob wants a change in his career. But he doesn’t know what he wants. A new industry? New responsibilities? A reinvention? He doesn’t know if he wants to continue leading people or focus on his strengths, which he can’t quite articulate. He thinks being an entrepreneur will be interesting but heard generating business would be tough. He doesn’t even know if he wants to stay in the same field. Bob is all over the map. He’s not making any traction and isn’t clear why.
Meet Lost Confidence and Fragility: Deb always dreamed of having a big job with a big brand company, being a decision maker, leading a large team and making an impact and an impressive salary. She thought she’d be there by now. She’d mapped the path, got her education, started with a few internships with impressive organizations that lead to other interesting opportunities. She was on her way until she wasn’t. A few tough bosses, a handful of cancelled projects, and then being fired from a job mid-way through her career, sent her into hiding where she now languishes without a team.
It’s clear Karen, Bob and Deb are not where they want to be, but they’re unable to move forward because their saboteurs are holding them back and are wasting their precious time. Sound familiar? Let me ask you, are the best five years of your career behind you or ahead of you?
In this blog series, we’ll explore these saboteurs and others (let’s not forget inner critic, blame, perfection, and low esteem) and look at ways we can stand up to them to build the kick-ass careers we want. We’ll recommend books, ask powerful questions, encourage compassion and will share how we and others have prevailed.
But maybe you’ve already identified your saboteur(s) and you’re ready to take action. If you’re stuck and ready to move forward in 2020, try coaching. A coach will help you get crystal clear on the next chapter of your career, and they’ll help you create the roadmap to get there. To learn more about how a coach can help, head to Smart Savvy Academy.
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Smart, Savvy + Associates are experts in helping marketing and communications leaders find people and develop teams that thrive and deliver inspiring results. As a people performance company, we specialize in finding marketing and communications talent in the Pacific North West. We also offer training programs for leaders and teams as well as options to become a certified coach or get coached.
Smart, Savvy + Associates are experts in helping marketing and communications leaders find people and develop teams that thrive and deliver inspiring results. We also offer training programs for leaders and teams as well as options to become a certified coach or get coached.