Ideas from the Career Strategy Framework

Know the Life You Wish For

“People are often thrust down a path based on the family they were born into or circumstances outside their control. They point to those as convenient reasons why they are not living their potential. Over time, people accept the life they have been dealt due to a lack of self-belief and clarity about the life they want. A growing self-awareness reveals that the life they accepted is a major source of their unhappiness. Envisioning and pursuing the life we want is one of the most important exercises we can do. Write a short story that describes your life in the next 6-12 months. Read the story over and over to build self-belief. Take control of your destiny, or others will do it for you. Our days are numbered – do it now.”

Connect with Yourself

“The most important relationship we have is with ourselves. In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to lose our identity and the meaning of our inner-most thoughts. We become a mystery to ourselves unless we make time to reflect on the reality of our life. The continuous strengthening of self-awareness evolves our character to who we want to become. Our decisions are congruent with our long-term goals. The risk of low self-awareness is that you may find yourself thousand of miles offshore wondering how you got there. You may never get back. Connect with yourself each day to navigate and stay on course to the next destination of your career journey.”

Know Who to Take On the Journey

“Some of the smartest most successful people in the world state that who you decide to marry is the most important decision of your life. But yet, it can be a decision based on emotions and illusions in our mind instead of reality. We underestimate the influence that our partner has on our work life, and what we can achieve. Your chances of happiness and success skyrocket with a partner who shares similar values and character. The pain, conflict, and lower work performance await when you are in a relationship with the wrong person. The complexity grows when kids are involved. Think slow (not fast) when deciding who to take on the journey.”

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Strategies and Ideas From Others

The Lifelong Roommate in Our Head

“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.”

Source: The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

Trust Your Self

“When you choose to produce creative work, you’re solving a problem. Not just for you, but for those who will encounter what you’ve made.”

“The trap is this: only after we do the difficult work does it become our calling. Only after we trust the process does it become our passion. 

“Do what you love” is for amateurs.

“Love what you do” is the mantra for professionals.”

Source: The Practice: Shipping Creative Work – by Seth Godin

Reflection and Action

You have three months off to fully focus on the work you see as a path to your full potential. View this as a runway for your new career to take flight. 

What are you working on?

Why is this important to you?

Why are you putting this off?

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All the best,

James Gray

Creator of an online learning and coaching platform to help people reach their full potential in work and life.