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

When I first met Lori, I was in a rut. Having spent 25 years in the same industry, I was bored, max’d out and didn't know what to do next.  I was pigeon-holed into an industry that I was not so fond of, and saw no way to get out.  I felt trapped. Lori understood my predicament, as she had seen it all before -- she was sympathetic, but resolute in knowing that she could help me find answers.  I took great solace in that! 

Through several sessions and dozens of exercises, I began to get a clearer picture of who I am, and where my strengths and talents truly lie.  Working with Lori, I was able to translate that understanding into updated, targeted resumes that quickly produced interviews and gave me the confidence to express myself better than ever before. 

Consulting a Career Coach should be mandatory for anyone in today's work force, and Lori is the best at her profession.

Robert J. Norris, Warrenville, IL