Top 3 tips to overcome career indecision to decisiveness
Panic stations! It may have seemed much easier a few decades ago where career options were quite clear cut. The way the internet has changed the way we engage from local to global and the economy went into recession and back to growth again, it has meant there are job titles such as Happiness Architect where you might have to Google to discover the meaning. Too many options isn’t always good, particularly for those who find it difficult to make decisions! I have therefore brought together a list of quick tips you can implement straight away. Here we go:
1. If you are feeling overwhelmed by too many options
- Set the timer to two minutes and write down between 2-4 jobs you would like to try out.
- Look inward rather than outward. When we look out and see how many job options there are it can be very daunting, by looking inward, that is focusing on yourself and your needs, values and skills, it can be a good place to start if you aren’t sure where to start.
- If you prefer not to start with yourself, then go out and speak to people whose jobs you are curious about and then decide if it’s for you.
2. If you have a habit of catastrophising (seeing only the worst)
- Most people aren’t psychics and forecasting your future might give a sense of control but it doesn’t help you if it means you aren’t been proactive. Practise trusting yourself. Louise Hay says those with anxiety tend to be out of rhythm with life. Shift the focus to trusting that you are capable and will be able to cope to with the unexpected. You have got this far in life and this can help to release the fear you might have around the consequences.
- Don’t forget to see the possible benefits of your options. What are the best case scenarios here and how will you feel if you achieve your goal?
3. Overcome procrastination
- Remind yourself that with many career decisions it usually isn’t for life. Many people change course. In fact statistics show people change jobs on average 10 -15 times throughout their life time. Increasingly, being able to be flexible and versatile in your career management can be an asset. As well as developing a resilient attitude.
- Separate your goals from short, medium to long term. Some clients get into the ‘arghh’ as they their goals seems far away. You need to be realistic with what you can commit to in order to make the change, but to make it easier for you, set manageable and realistic steps along the way, so that you can measure your progress and pat yourself on the back for each step taken. It can be helpful to look at the pathway into the work you want to do and have an action plan of your progress, get a friend to keep you on track and act as your buddy support.
- Do nothing and wait for a miracle. Whilst this is an option, if a few years down the line you still find yourself in the same situation as before and still thinking that you need a change, it may be time to be very honest with yourself and ask ‘what can I do differently today, that can make a difference to my tomorrow?’
My special message, love yourself. We can be hard on ourselves when going through new changes with ‘I should be doing this, I should be doing that, if only I was’ this is the critical self-talk that sometimes deters us from actually doing anything. You don’t need the inner critic, time for a new groove. Put on some feel good music, get out your lovely notepad and pen, or iPad (whatever your preferred writing mode) and start writing out your possibilities.
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