Is this your secret fear about finding a career you love?

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When I teach workshops or speak about career burnout and finding a career you love, I always ask these questions at the beginning of my talk. When you think about your job, your career, as it is today, do you smile? Do you love what you do? Are you excited to get up and go to work (most days)?

If you answer a resounding, “YES!” to these three questions, fantastic! And this article is not really for you. However, if you answered “No” to any of these questions, then I have a couple more questions for you. Would you like to feel this way? And, do you think it’s possible for you to feel this way?

Nearly every client who has participated in my Unearth Your Worth® Private Coaching Program expresses a secret fear that goes something like this: “I’m afraid I will never find a career I love. I fear it’s too late for me, and now it is just not possible.” Voicing this fear can be scary, because the rarely spoken fear beneath this one is: “I’m afraid I’m hopeless.” Being without hope is terrifying. But, we all begin this process afraid that the truth will continue to elude us, and that we are somehow destined to live in frustration. I know I had that fear when I started this process.

Sometimes I explain the process of finding a career you love in terms of the fears that surface along the way. Stage 1: I’m afraid I’ll never figure out what I’d love to do in my career. Stage 2: I know what I’d love to do, but I’m afraid I’ll never find a job that fulfills my dream. Stage 3: I know what job I want to pursue, but I’m afraid no one will hire me for that. Each stage of figuring out what you really want from a career and how to get it is accompanied by its own fears. I like to think of these fears as both clues to where you are in your journey and signs that you are on the right path.

So how do you make the fears go away? Actively seek support from friends, family, or a career coach, and start (or resume) your journey. Keep taking steps and moving forward. There are few things in this life I am certain of, but I do know there is a career out there for you, one where you are celebrated for your unique strengths, skills, and passions, one where you truly love your job. You are not hopeless. It is NOT too late for you. You are in process, and it is worth the effort to keep going. And if you’d like my help, schedule some time with me here:

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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