Why courage matters for finding career happiness

Welcome to week 2 – continuing on our topic of “4 key distinctions that matter for finding career happiness”.  Of course, these are key only after you obtain the ’3C’s’ – clarity, confidence and conviction.

Clarity – UNDERSTAND what your natural talents and abilities are, where they are needed, why they are needed, and why you encountered past successes and obstacles.

Confidence – OWN YOUR CHOICE to use your natural talents and abilities or to cultivate new talents and abilities with or without concerted effort.

Conviction – ACT CONTINUOUSLY to pursue roles that utilize your natural talents and abilities and communicate your aspirations in a manner that earns respect.

Our first distinction was getting comfortable making choices.  Did you clarify what your relationship to the concept “choices” is for you?  Making choices and accepting your choices is a key distinction to be in touch with – it can lead to a significant breakthrough that may enable you to find happiness in a career choice.  Getting clear about a career path (both short-term and long-term planning), can ease “choice discomfort” .

This week we explore why courage (feeling afraid but moving forward anyway), matters and how to get courageous.

Do you have the courage to make changes from time to time in your career?  We all know when we have overstayed our welcome when we are a guest – the same holds true for jobs and careers.

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Career Choice is a Process…It doesn’t happen overnight

Many of us may have thought (or still think) – “if I could just find my calling”.  Wouldn’t that be nice??  One day (ideally before we invest in education or training beyond high school), we get a phone call from the universe and a sweet voice whispers to us the ideal, attainable career.  The one that makes us happy, contributes to others, earns us great money, and allows us all the free time we desire.  As we all know, it just doesn’t work that way for most of us.  Plus – we are deceived by thinking there is that one great job and we just need to figure out what it is.  The truth is there are many great jobs and careers for each of us.  The way you discover your potential career journey is by obtaining the “3 C’s” – Clarity, Confidence and Conviction.

Clarity - Is understanding – what your natural talents and abilities are, where they are needed, why they are needed, and why you encountered past successes and obstacles.

It all begins with understanding yourself first.  Highly successful people know what they do best, find ways to incorporate what they do best into their life and careers, and keep on learning.  It’s a continuous journey.

Confidence – Is owning – your choice to use your natural talents and abilities or to cultivate new talents and abilities with or without concerted effort.

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Astrology by Edgar Cayce

“Astrology is a fact, in most instances. But astrological aspects are but signs, symbols. No influence is of greater value or of greater help than the will of an individual … Do not attempt to be guided by, but use the astrological influences as the means to meet or to overcome the faults and failures, or to minimize the faults and to magnify the virtues in self.” – Edgar Cayce

Why I would wear a scarf in hot weather

I will be attending the Shine conference in Las Vegas, NV this November so I decided I wanted something indigo to wear to the event.  My journey took me into the scarf section of a well known department store and there I notice a salesperson working nearby helping others on their fashion journey and straightening merchandise.  There were also about 5 other people in the small section buying much more fun, fashion trendy scarves and belts.  

I approached a table that had about 100 cashmere scarves in every color you can imagine and there I found it – the perfect color indigo.  I pull it out of about 10 other shades of blue and try it on.  The salesperson immediately comes over to me and comments that this color is perfect for me – I didn’t see it that way but it was nice to hear.  ”Oh, you think…” I politely replied and she said “the second you put it on I just felt there was something about it that was right for you – like you were meant for that color”.  Wow, I thought, either the salesperson is definitely in the right profession or I guess I am supposed to have this scarf even though I did not want to pay $100 for a scarf even if it was the perfect color.  

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Cher thinks I am fast enough

A few weeks ago a friend told me that their job had been reduced to 2 days per week from full-time.  I was both outraged and impressed at the same time.  Impressed because what a genius idea for the company - you force the employee to go find another job on their time, and avoid unemployment and severance.  In addition, should your business model change or other employees leave, you can reinstate their hours/days.  I was outraged because it is a terrible way to treat people.  As a result, I decided to help my friend by offering to look over his resume and provide him guidance so that he could go after the kind of job he wanted (not the kind of job he had been doing).  I did that and e-mailed him my feedback with an edited version of his resume.  He quickly replied with a “thanks…I’ll look it over”.

At that time, I had been feeling down about the progress my partners and I were making getting indigoforce off the ground (it was all taking too long between designers and developers for websites, getting phones turned on, business cards printed, making contacts, etc. – I am a bit impatient – can you tell?).  I started to feel unsure if indigoforce or my role in its vision and mission was meant to be.  

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Following the Omens

I am so thrilled to share my omens.  Like everyone else, I had them for years but I didn’t understand them and I would quickly dismiss them.  I used to call them my “knowings” when I was a kid – I guess that right there is an omen!  It could be anything from noticing a coincidence, following my gut, getting a feeling that I would be closely connected with someone I just met, a dream or a premonition about a birth or death, etc.  

You all have them too.  

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