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How To Make The Right Career Moves

Written by coachingforcareers  |  28. May 2006

Are you making the right career moves? Or, are you waiting for the right career moves to come to you? Are you listening to your inner voice allowing it to guide your moves? Or, are you wishing that pesky voice would go away? One of the biggest career challenges is tapping into your inner voice when direction is needed. For example, how can you listen to what your heart says is the right career move when you are stressed and busy? How can you uncover what you're supposed to being doing next when you have a job to get to everyday, kids to take care of, and loved ones you want to spend time with? There is just too much to do. Unless, you decide to listen to your inner voice. When you don't spend time on your goals, your goals get lost. Your career dreams start to vanish. What you want in your career becomes a blur. You know what you are doing in your career is not the right thing for you anymore, but you don't know how to go about finding something different. You blame yourself. If only you were smart enough, creative enough, talented enough, then a great career would come to you. A great career is possible, but not without your participation. As a career coach, I work with many individuals who want to know if they are in the right job. I tell them that the answer is inside them and your answer is inside you too. Your inner voice never lies. What you should do next is there, waiting for you. So How Do You Make The Right Moves In Your Career? Follow These 5 Steps Below: 1. Decide To Make The Right Moves Your career cannot improve on its own. Until you decide to make a better step, the actions necessary to make this happen cannot begin. There are always reasons to stay where you are. The money is good. The job market is tough. What you know is better than what you don't know. Or, is it? It's actually harder to stay in a bad situation than to work towards happiness. Listen to your inner voice. If it says it's time to act, then listen. Decide that today is the day your career begins to change for the better. 2. Make Time For Yourself Making time for you does not have to be hours at a time. Just enough time to give you clarity about your career. You can spend ten minutes in the morning before you get out of bed. You can spend five minutes while you are in the shower, or twenty minutes while you are driving to work. The goal is not how long, but what you do with the time you have. If you clear your mind for a few minutes each day, over time, the answers you are seeking will come to you. 3. Listen To What You Hear How many times has your answer come and you talked yourself out of what you heard? (Many times, I'm sure.) Ever notice that your answer is always the same. Your answer will not change and will become louder over time. It's just how your inner mechanism works. You don't have to read another book, attend another seminar, or have another conversation with a friend about what to do next. Listen to what your inner voice is telling you and then start moving in that direction. 4. Tell Yourself That You Can It takes courage to move forward in your career. What happens if you are wrong? What about the people in your life who will tell you, "I told you so!" But, what happens if you are right? Maybe the answer you have been hearing is there for a reason. Maybe you are meant to do something different. Maybe you have done all you can where you are, and you are supposed to go somewhere else so you can make the difference you are always talking about. How will you know if you do not try? Tell yourself again and again that you can until you believe it. 5. Take Action Today Do you know if your next career move is going to work out or not? No one knows in the beginning. All you have is what feels right to you inside. If you keep moving towards what feels right and move away from what feels wrong, you will be happier. You will have more optimism and energy. The light at the end of the tunnel will start to appear. Taking the first step is always the hardest, but know that the steps get easier over time. Action brings action. One action today, leads to many actions completed tomorrow. The right career moves are in you. They will work out if you take the path you know you are supposed to take. So, what do you say? You only have one life to live, so it might as well be a life you love!

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