You don’t need a year off to figure out your next career move!

While working as a money broker on the forwards desk in London, my visa expired and as a result, I got an unexpected vacation back to South Africa, not knowing when I’d be able to return to the U.K.

Things were up in the air and there was no guarantee that my work visa back to England would be granted. So off to South Africa I went. I decided to use the forced time off to do some soul searching, create positive habits and really design some clear career goals for myself. My little time off turned into a 13-week long vacation.

At first, I stuck to my intention. I read a few self-help books, did some journaling, scoped out the job market and tried to network a little too. Pretty soon, however, I got caught up in the day to day, travelled, did Pilates and spent quality time with my family. All of which left me very relaxed and rested but not any closer to a clear vision of my bigger life goals.

After 13 weeks, my visa was approved and I headed back to London with the best intentions of at least staying more healthy and being less stressed. It took no more than two months for me to be right back to my stressed out, unhealthy self and still without any clarity around future career goals.

It’s like Nigel Marsh, author, and Ted Speaker says in his TEDtalk “How to make work-life-balance work”(you can watch it below): “I found it quite easy to balance life and work when I didn’t have any work.”

I have also found this to be true for my clients and friends. Quitting your job, taking a gap year, traveling in hopes that being removed from your everyday routine will somehow clear your head and help you find your passion, seldom works. Instead what normally happens is the following: You’ll run out of money and then you’ll make impulse decisions, which will get you right back into the same position of being dissatisfied with your job.

More often, the best way to figure out what your true calling is, or to overcome an obstacle, is to be right there in the mess with it, get curious about your behavior and then tackle all obstacles head on!

We don’t get wiser or grow stronger when things are easy and there are no issues to deal with. Our failures and challenges bring the best opportunities to prosper and conquer! 
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Now I’d love to hear from you: Have you fallen into the trap of quitting your job to figure out your next career move? How did it work out? Are you wishing you could just quit to try and figure things out? Was this article helpful to you and why? Tell me in the comments below.

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Up for a promotion? Fast track your career!

I have worked with so many clients who’ve admitted that they’ve been feeling blah about their career for years.BLOG1 Unfortunately that didn’t stop them from aimlessly climbing the corporate ladder. They accepted promotion after promotion without ever really checking in on why or whether they even wanted it.

The problem with doing this is two fold: 1) They wasted their talents and 2) they’ve become stuck.

These clients mostly feel that they didn’t live up to their fullest potential and have ignored their own wisdom for so long that they find it incredibly difficult to get out of their own way so they can find their true passion and purpose.

 

The longer you continue with this numbing process the more unhappy you’ll get and the harder it will be for you to truly shine and deliver top notch work.

So how do you know when it’s time for you to change jobs or industries?

Here are two key questions you can ask yourself to test if your job is still engaging and fulfilling to you.

  1. Are you happy? Happiness has different meanings for all of us, so you have to figure out what that is for you. Here are a few examples of what make people happy: a big part of your job still makes you feel alive and satisfied, you’re well compensated for what you do, your job is gratifying.
  2. Do you still enjoy your job? In other words: Are you still being challenged and using your strengths, do you feel you have the right work-life-balance for you.

When you know the answer to these two questions and continue to monitor them, you’ll be able to diagnose the state of your career with more ease and take appropriate action to fast track your career.

Also watch this video to help you successfully develop a career you love!

Now I’d like to hear from you: Are you still happy and enjoying your job? Was there a time you didn’t feel happy in your job? How did you know it was time for you to move on? How did you make the transitions happen? Tell me in the comments below.