WHAT WOULD THAT OPEN UP FOR YOU IN YOUR LIFE — IF YOU KNEW YOU COULD JUST CHANGE THE COORDINATES, AND THAT YOU HAD THE CAPABILITY, AND THE GRIT, AND THE HUSTLE TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE LIKE THAT?Lisa Lewis
The art of life crafting.
Ever heard of it?
It’s about desining your life: defining what you want in your life, taking that vision, and prioritizing where you put your energy and effort to achieve those goals.
Simple enough, right?
You’d be surprised how many people don’t take advantage of the benefits that life crafting can bring into their lives.
Not only will it open doors to everything that is possible for you, but it will also provide a framework to get to the life you want.
Now, let’s take a moment and think about what it is that you would like to have in your life.
Think about it this way, in a perfect world, what does your life look like?
In terms of your career, where would you be working? What would you be doing? How does your work impact your personal life?
Life crafting allows you to design your career goals and manage how your career aligns with your overall life goals.
In order to get comfortable with the idea of life crafting, we’ll take a look at what may be holding you back from intentionally designing a life you’d be in love with and how to move forward in achieving your career goals to better fit that life you’ve designed.
WHAT STOPS MOST PEOPLE FROM CRAFTING A LIFE THEY LOVE
Successful people don’t reach their goals by sitting back and letting life play out on its own. They may roll with the punches, but they don’t let the punches roll them. Successful people succeed in spite of their circumstances.
Here are a few examples of the types of barriers that hold people back from going after a life they love.
FEAR OF BREAKING “THE RULES” WHEN DESIGNING YOUR LIFE
Rules. There is a time and place for them, but when it comes to reaching your dream career — shouldn’t you push beyond those boundaries?
Society has made us believe that the way to get a good job is through that traditional path of success by which we get a degree, score an internship, and work to the top of that corporate ladder.
But why does it have to be that way?
People have this fear that breaking the rules or stepping outside of what is normal won’t get them what is considered a successful career.
That fear stops them in their tracks and they continue down a path of unhappiness in an unfulfilling career.
WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK
Many people can’t help but take into account what other people think. At times, other people’s feedback really weighs down on our ability to make a decision on whether or not we choose to pursue our goals.
On our last podcast, we met Rebecca Maddox who made the decision to leave her job and move across the country without a new position lined up because she knew she was ready for a career change. But, her decision was met with a handful of people that:
- Couldn’t believe she would leave such a great situation in a dream career
- Doubted that she would be able to pull off such a massive life change
Like it or not, it’s other people’s voices that begin to take over our thoughts and plant the seeds of doubt in our heads that create a lack of confidence within ourselves, which ultimately leads to us to staying in the same place in our career.
THE ‘WHAT IFS‘ THAT MESS WITH YOUR MINDSET
Yes, big life changes — especially those that concern your career and livelihood, bring a lot of unanswered questions to mind.
What if I really don’t have the skills I say I do?
What if I make a switch and the job ends up being exactly the same, or worse?
What if I don’t make a successful change into an entirely different industry?
All of the ‘what if’ scenarios that come into mind are just another distraction.
Life changes are scary because of the unknown results. That is understandable.
This fear of the unknown is common, but it shouldn’t be a big enough obstacle to completely stop you from designing your life and achieving your goals.
MOVING FORWARD IN DESIGNING YOUR CAREER TO ALIGN WITH YOUR VALUES
Reaching your career goals and having them align with what you value in life doesn’t happen by accident. You must be clear in your direction and intentional in your actions to achieve that career and life you dreamed.
You don’t need to dive straight into the deep-end in order to change your career trajectory.
You can begin to make small, incremental changes in the following areas to begin to move forward on your new career path.
Shifting your perspective on life from accepting the things that are given to you as is to an outlook that encourages you to take control of what is given to you and make things happen in the direction of your goals is the first step in creating momentum for your career change.
Don’t be the person that stands in your own way of achieving what you already know is possible for yourself.
Give yourself the permission you need to make adjustments where they are needed to better align your career to your values as you craft your life.
Be so intentional and clear on what matters to you, your priorities, and how you are willing to make changes to align to your values to earn the life you dream.
Living a life with intention as you move in the direction of your values will make achieving your goals that much easier.
Start with something small like dedicating 30 minutes of your day to creating your career to-do list and constantly updating it with new asks. As time goes on, you can grow that into something bigger and bigger, until you’ve reached your goal.
CONSTANTLY EXPOSING YOURSELF TO NEW EXPERIENCES
Making the decision to do things differently than others to find ways to make your career fit your life needs is a new experience in itself.
Continuing to push on different boundaries that you’ve previously set for yourself will help you advance more quickly toward that life you have designed.
As you experience new things in the career sphere, you are able to evaluate and help customize exactly what you need to create a better fit for your life.
DESIGNING YOUR LIFE: READY TO TAKE THE REIGNS BACK TO CREATE A CAREER AND LIFE YOU LOVE?
Whatever it is that you want in your career, be more intentional about your actions to get it.
- Go to your employer and ask — when you make an ask, make it about your employer and how it will benefit them
- Start by asking for a trial period to test for the results.
- Make sure you track your performance output and not mention it to any of your colleagues
If you follow these steps and prove to your employer that you’re capable, this little ask can turn into something more permanent.
If you want to get to a place where you feel like you are the master of your own destination or the captain of your own ship, you’ve got to be willing to start making asks, even if they’re small.Lisa Lewis
When you take a step back and look at the big picture of what you define as a successful career and life, it looks like it may take FOREVER to get there.
But, when you shift the way you look at change, you’ll see that it doesn’t take one big move to achieve your successful end-result. That change actually consists of little tiny steps that you’ve taken in the direction of your goals and designing your life.
Each time you cross a task off your career change to-do list, you’ll have to make minor adjustments to better align with your values every step of the way.
You need to constantly make those incremental changes relative to where you need to be in your life.
If you’re ready to go in a direction that suits you, but are having trouble identifying where you need to make those incremental changes, we’ve got the resources for you. Check out the Career Change Bootcamp program as it was created to help guide you through changing your coordinates of where you need to go as it applies to your career change.
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