In his book The Art Of Work, Jeff Goins recalls the time he attended a workshop on careers. He insisted he didn’t know his purpose … and then he realized of course he did. He wanted to write. He was just a little afraid of the idea.
Nearly all career change conversations begin the same way.
“I don’t know what I want.”
Sometimes you know and the idea is just too scary. Sometimes you’ve got inklings and you want to ignore them.
The idea is, deep down you know the answers to your own questions. You know what you want to do. So a good career coach will “drill down” till she helps you make your own decision.
I don’t agree.
Intuition works off information. The more familiar you are with a situation, the more your intuition kicks in.
There’s a famous story of a firefighter who entered a burning building and ordered everyone out, immediately. Seconds later the roof fell in.
On one level, he “just knew.” On another, he had been through so many fires he was picking up subtle cues that others missed
During a career change, you’re on unfamiliar territory. Intuition may mislead or even shut down.
Sometimes you just need a few pieces of information.
One client wanted to become a trainer or professional speaker. But she was also a single parent to a 12-year-old so she couldn’t travel.
Were there opportunities for trainers in her own city? What I said was, “In my experience, every trainer I’ve ever met has traveled. But I advise you to talk to some professionals in your own city. Maybe the field has changed. Maybe there’s a niche for non-travelers. But you need to get this question answered before moving forward.”
You have to be ready to receive guidance, from a person and from the environment.
You’re probably heard the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will arrive.” I’ve found that when I’m really ready to move to a goal, I find the “right” advisors. I pay attention to signals.
That’s why so many people talk about the importance of “mindset” for success. When you really want something, you’ll find support everywhere.
Success is not guaranteed. It’s just more likely to happen.
More on intuition: Teach Your Intuition to Send You a Telegram, Not a Post Card.