The Three Beliefs Holding You Back From Doing Work That You Love
I’ve always been a ‘solution-focused’ person. If I could fix, change or ‘take action’ on something – you bet I would do everything in my power to create a better outcome. The same goes with any, or all of my career dilemma’s!
If I wanted to find out about a particular job or industry – I would reach out to people in those jobs and pick their brain. I’d seek out work experience and would look at how I could get closer to where I wanted to be.
If I saw an incredible job that piqued my interest – I would get busy with my application, making sure my resume was up to scratch, submitting it before the deadline.
And if I had found myself in a job where something didn’t ‘feel’ right – I would always try to have open and honest conversations with management to improve the situation in any way possible.
Being solution focused is a good thing. It means you’re not willing to rest on your laurels waiting for something to magically get better. And there is no doubt that taking action and being solution-focused is absolutely necessary when it comes to fully thriving in your career.
Yet before you go tweaking your resume, signing up for that new course, or handing in your resignation – have you taken the time to check in with your own beliefs about what it means to do meaningful work? Has it felt like you’ve been doing all the ‘right’ things to get yourself out of the career rut, and yet you’re still nowhere closer to where you want to be?
Taking a look at the beliefs you have about yourself can help guide your next career move in a more potent and powerful way. Let’s shine a light on the 3 beliefs that may be holding you back from doing work that you truly love.
1. Your Beliefs About Your Capabilities
How many times have you dismissed or dulled down your capabilities? Are you someone who can weave words with ease, hit the high notes like Mariah, or whip up a complex spreadsheet with precision? Maybe there are things that you currently do (or you know you could do) and yet somewhere along the way, you’ve convinced yourself that ‘you’re not good enough’? That kind of thinking is the fastest way to keep your dreams and future career aspirations small.
We all have skills, talents and strengths that we can bring to the table, but first – you must acknowledge and own them wholeheartedly. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t – you’re right”. And Henry my man? You make a great point! Having rock solid self-belief and an ability to stand proud behind what you can offer (even if you’re a little bit scared, or you need to refine your skills further) will help you to make career decisions that are going to fulfil you in the long-term.
2. Your Money Beliefs
Do you believe in your heart of hearts that you can get paid to do work that you love? Or do you believe that ‘only’ the boring, tedious jobs can pay the bills and so it’s irrelevant whether you love your job or not?
Facing our money beliefs can be somewhat challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. No matter what you may have come to believe about money and work right up until this point, you’re allowed to write a new story. You’re allowed to plant new seeds of belief in your mind that you can get paid to do meaningful work and the importance that you place on that ‘dollar figure’ is completely up to you. For some people (myself included), getting paid to do work that energises you can be something that you work towards gradually. For example, starting a business in conjunction with other paid employment, or for others it could be looking at transitioning into paid roles that are more aligned with the skillset/work environment/culture that coincide with your values.
This is about unpacking what you ‘think’ is possible in terms of what you’re allowed to do and earn, which leads me to my next point.
3. Your Beliefs Surrounding What’s Possible
If you think only the ‘lucky’ one’s seem to get all the right opportunities, or success is only available to a select few in your industry – think again. There are hundreds and thousands of people out there who are happy, thriving and enjoying their work, and if you’re second guessing whether that’s possible for YOU too, it’s time to dream wider (not to be mistaken for bigger).
Widen your thoughts on what’s possible for you. Widen your circle and start surrounding yourself with people who are genuinely passionate about what they do and who have potentially done the very thing that you want to be doing to inspire you.
Will pursuing meaningful work always work out in the way that you hoped? Nope, but have you considered the thought that it might work out even better than you imagined if you allow yourself to succeed?
As a go-getting, high-achieving woman, I know that taking action towards improving your career prospects is a no brainer, but don’t forget to tune into the beliefs that may potentially be holding you back. When you start to shift your thinking, and highlight the ways that you’ve been playing small, you can open yourself up to making smarter, and most importantly – more fulfilling career decisions.
Now over to you: Are you working in a job that you love? And if not, have any (or all) of these beliefs been holding you back from pursuing what you REALLY want to do? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below. And If you need a helping hand to transition into a meaningful career that’s right for you, do get in touch and I would love to support you in my 1:1 coaching programs.