Transitioning from 9-5 in an office to making my own hours was one of the toughest things about going solo. I’ve learned to balance the competing demands on my time and energy in (mostly) sane ways.
Amidst the many insights my clients have given me, these six things stand out. Each of them says something important and moving about our shared aims and experience at work and in life.
Career change is a prime source of fear and uncertainty. It’s hard to let go, and even harder to trust that what’s coming next won’t bring you unstuck.
Sparky moments - we all have them. They happen when we cross paths with someone or something that connects us to what matters most. Sparky moments light up our eyes and prick up our ears.
This week three things have had me mulling on the use of ‘How are you?’ in conversation.
It has become more of a pleasantly than a question we expect an answer too. It is pretty much a redundant phrase that has transformed into how we greet one and another. But miss it, and we are missing a chance to connect, get real and support those around us.
This week I’ve had entrepreneur flu. A common yet taboo infliction suffered by business owners and freelancers around the world. I hope sharing my experience helps someone else to climb their way out when they hit this funk.
During January I strived to avoid buying or using any piece of single use plastic. Think all things plastic and destined for disposal - shopping bags, straws, take away coffee cups, water bottles, food wrappers etc etc. Here's what I learnt.
Why is it that despite great intentions and well-laid plans, we so often swap one unsatisfying job for another one just like it?
If you’re looking forward to making a genuine career change, I suggest you begin by looking back at your motivation and your methods.
If your career change efforts are dogged by confidence crunching rants from your inner demons – you’re not alone.
Let these monologues go unchecked and your carefully rehearsed peak performance can fall completely flat.
Here is what I recommend to help calm your demons when they start giving you the job seeking jitters.
Despite the similarities, we don’t usually approach job applications as a form of performance art. In fact, winning any kind of role – vocational or theatrical, depends in large part (pun intended) on honing a set of wow worthy auditioning skills.
We ‘take on’ and ‘put up with’ our own and others’ unmet needs, crossed boundaries, unfinished business, problems and frustrations. Tolerating these behaviours and the mindsets that feed them saps your energy and drains your resources.
Here are five toleration blitzing strategies worth trying.
Five books that span over three decade’s worth of practical, inspirational writing on how to manage career and other change with skill, self-awareness and grit.
Whether you’re thriving in your current role or changing careers, mapping your experiences to Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs offers plenty of food for thought.
If your next career step is proving illusive at least for the moment, these six pieces of randomly ordered, somewhat contradictory advice from a variety of videos may help.
Healthy humans need nature breaks; most of us know this intuitively. There’s also rich scientific evidence that spending as few as 15 daily minutes taking in nature makes us nicer, calmer more creative and less disease prone people.