Taking stock of your current situation and shifting direction involves much more than a few online assessments. And forget passion. I’ve got a dispute with the whole “find your passion” arm of the career world. According to social science research, passion serves as a viable steering mechanism for only 20% of Americans. That means 80% of us are scratching our heads in bewilderment when the topic of passion enters the conversation.
It’s so easy to spin on the gerbil wheel in your head and get lost about what’s resonating for you and what’s dragging you down. Introverts are notorious for being great thinkers, but sometimes we get too locked into our own heads and we lose sight of some key parts of ourselves.
I work with clients both individually and in groups to map what’s next for them. We take a deep dive into how they got to this spot, who they are at their core, and what’s the best expression of them in the world.
I know, gathering introverts is the ultimate irony (I thought about using “The Ultimate Irony” as the title of a group!), but there’s remarkable synergy in gathering with like-minded people, in being with people who understand that small talk makes us grind our teeth, that we often have our best insights ten minutes after a conversation, and that we leap for joy when last-minute cancellations cross our radar.
Here are the mechanisms that I use when I work with people on career exploration:
- Individual Sessions: Together, we create what I call a Steering Wheel, a one-page document that captures key elements of career construction, including:
- Foundational values that must be in place
- Objections (I split these into 3 categories: pesky irritants, red flags, and dealbreakers)
- Optimal environment (including geographic location and other dimensions)
- Tribe (whom you surround yourself with)
- Money (a topic that uncovers many layers of understanding)
- Group Sessions: This affordable route actually may turn out to be just you and me talking at the same time each week – getting a bunch of people’s schedules to mesh can be rough. For group sessions, I use a book called Designing Your Life that includes amazing activities and concepts that allow us to identify blocks and construct pathways to work that’s fulfilling AND sustainable for you.
Set up a free discovery call on my calendar, and we’ll talk about whether one of these options might be suited for you.