These are the opening words to the theme from the movie Mahogany:
Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to?
Do you know?
Do you get what you’re hoping for?
When you look behind you
There’s no open door
What are you hoping for?
Do you know?
(M. Masser/G. Goffin)
Consider this tale of two coaching clients:
One is hung up on seeing herself as a victim – depressed, financially challenged (an understatement) and despite having wonderful gifts, skills and abilities, un-WILL-ing to commit to pursuing new career opportunities because she is attached to fear.
The second is the opposite. She committed to pursuing career opportunities that will lead her to her dream life. She planned her move from her corporate job into a network marketing position congruent with who she is and where she ultimately wants to go. Her dilemma was to trust her inner compass to know when the time was right to cut her corporate apron strings and fly.
Client Number One remains stuck in the past, continuously sorting through perceived failures looking for “evidence” that nothing will (or can) ever change for the better. She believes this is how she is and how life is. Getting her to even peek at pursuing new career opportunities felt so scary that she immediately retreated into the “certainty” of fear and lack.
Client Number Two felt nervous about stepping into the unknown future of entrepreneurship. Despite her nervousness, she believed she would be okay no matter what happened.
Unlike Client Number One, she is certain about what she wants to accomplish. She believes that pursuing new career opportunities in network marketing offered a “bridge” to something bigger. Even though she isn’t fully clear about what the bigger picture looks like, she now trusts her inner compass to direct her path.
Both clients are equally smart and talented. The difference is that one is afraid to trust her inner compass while the other client is not.
If you don’t know where you are going when thinking about pursuing new career opportunities, then you will never get there. And the bigger question is – if you don’t know where you’re going, what are you willing to do to gain clarity?
Are you ready to pursue new career opportunities, but you don’t know how to get started? A Behavior Style Profile is a great first step! Contact Coach Sue at 949-212-4345 or email [email protected] to find out more