What's in your core?

Are you on the fast track to job or career burnout? Many of my clients are somewhere along the track to burnout and want to turn things around. The challenge when you are burning out is that you are likely to feel tired, drained, or depleted of energy to make any kind of change. You need a clear first step. So what’s the first step you can take to turn things around?

In working with my clients (and looking at my own inner workings) I have developed this theory that we all have a set of things that make up our core foundation. These are those areas of our life that provide us with a sense of security, safety, and real stability. When these are compromised, or aren’t there at all, we become susceptible to burnout. We also can’t thrive in our career or get a job we love because our core has been destabilized. Let’s face it, we’ve all seen enough science fiction to know that it’s very bad to destabilize the core.

This concept is similar to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Remember the triangle from sociology or psychology class? The bottom layer is Physical Need. When those needs aren’t met, that becomes our primary objective: to obtain food, clothing, and shelter. We need to do that first, so we can focus on other goals.

The concept of our core foundation is a slightly different way of looking at that. In my experience, everybody’s core foundation contains 3- 5 different components. My core contains four components: financial stability (Am I making ends meet?), spiritual connection (How is my relationship with God? Am I doing my daily practice?), health (Am I sick?), support relationships (Is my support system of family and friends in good condition?). When just one of these areas is compromised or broken in some way, I have learned I must deal with this area to restore stability to my foundation so I can resume reaching for my dreams and living out my passions.

Everyone’s core components are different. I have a client for whom music is in her core. I love that. She needs music every day in her life. Another client must write. If he isn’t writing, he feels off balance and out of sorts. Before he can pursue any of his goals, he needs to make sure he is writing every day.

Once our core is stabilized, then we can trust it to support us as we achieve our goals, including a thriving career and a job we love. If you are feeling overwhelmed as you strive to create a career you love or find a job that satisfies you, you might want to check to see if your core is destabilized. What is in your core?

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Client Stories

 I was looking to make large changes in my life, both job and city.  I was a happy midwestern resident for nearly 30 years but wanted to see what life on a coast was like and get a dream job.  This was a tall order and going into it I thought I would have to make large compromises on parts of my dreams to get any of it.  

I went to Lori to help me achieve these dreams.  It was the best decision I made.

She focused on two things right out of the gate:
  1. clarify my goals, both personal and professional
  2. get me to stop selling myself short

These twin achievements allowed me to approach my hunt with confidence, patience and focus.  My original dream job was to try and combine my technical joys with a personal one.  I enjoy large scale data processing with cutting edge tools, music and baseball.  Through the tools Lori taught me and helped me unearth in myself I got that gig that would have fallen into day dream territory before our work together.  

And yeah, there's platinum records on the walls of my lobby and I have tons of data to process.

Pat Christopher, Intelligence Engineer, Seattle, WA