If you’re reading this blog, you are (presumably) someone thinking of changing their career or in the process of changing their career. Welcome.
So, how did you get on in 2011? Do you look back on 2011 with satsifaction and pride? Do you feel you have achieved what you wanted to?
Sometimes my career clients look back on a year and think they have failed. They have not found their ideal direction, they have not summoned the courage to leave a job they hate or they have not landed the job they want.
Life can be pretty tough when we judge ourselves only against goals. Our minds are pretty tough taskmasters.
I’m not suggesting there’s a way to change this, (though noticing how harsh minds are is a good start), but I am suggesting there are different ways of looking at achievements.
What kind of character strengths did you show in 2011? For example:
- To what extent did you persist at your goals, despite the difficult circmstances and lack of reward?
- In what ways did you show courage? (remember, courage is not the absence of fear, but a choice to move forward with fear).
- Even in situations where you did not achieve your goal, how often could you be found working away, trying, showing up?
- How many times did you come back to your goal, to try again?
- How many times did you continue to make ‘towards’ moves, even when your mind screamed at you to move away?
When I ask clients to reflect on their goals, the answer for most of them is that they have not yet achieved their career goals. However, they have certainly demonstrated character strengths. If this is you, just pause to acknowledge this for a moment.
These character strengths are achievements in themselves. They are also precursors of success.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”