Wherever you are in your life, do you ever find yourself asking:
Why does this not feel right?
At times we may even think:
“What am I doing?
This should be everything that I want. It should be hitting all the right things and for some reason, it just doesn’t feel right.”
Whether it is about your current financial situation, your relationship, or your job, sometimes we have these feelings that we just can’t shake.
Those feelings we don’t know how to describe exactly.
It’s that feeling at the pit of your stomach that puts a little doubt in your mind when you set out to do something you weren’t really too sure about to begin with.
And sometimes, it’s that utter and complete feeling of self-assurance that comes out of nowhere when you’re about to make one of the biggest decisions of your life — like marriage, buying a new house, or your career change.
Those feelings? That’s your gut intuition trying to tell you something. Trusting your gut intuition is important!
The definition of intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
It’s safe to say that the decisions we make in life are usually made with our head or our heart.
But, a lot of the time with specific big life decisions, our heads will use all the logic it can to persuade us to stay in the safe zone when it comes to finalizing those big career decisions.
Many people find themselves torn when it comes to their career change.
They know and feel deep down inside that something isn’t right and they struggle with taking a chance to actually make a change in their career.
Why do we fight what we know to be true in our core?
We see how others reach their goals and we think we must follow in their footsteps to reach the same success.
But, the truth is: we don’t.
Success is defined by our own definitions and the way we reach our career milestones and life goals is up to us.
LISTENING TO AND TRUSTING YOUR GUT INTUITION
One way to breakthrough the traditional path of success that we’ve built up in our heads to be the only path of success is to listen to that little voice in the back of our head telling us where we need to be to successfully reach our own career goals (whatever they may look like).
Here’s how we can learn to listen to our gut intuition and trust ourselves enough to reach our career success.
There were other instances in my personal life where following my gut, instead of my head really paid off.Jason Bollman
CREATE A SPACE TO REFLECT
Career change requires a lot of your time, energy, and effort.
It doesn’t do you any good if you are in a constant battle between deciding to listen to your head or your heart.
Getting in the habit of creating your own space to reflect on your life and career goals and how you reach them is something you should make a top priority.
Make time to go for a run, read a book, network, or just find some time you can set aside for yourself to sit, relax, think, and reflect.
Creating a space without an agenda or to-do list to just be present to listen to your gut intuition about your career choices is the first step to find the answers you’re looking for.
I journaled — tried to figure out what is wrong.
This looks right on paper, but it just doesn’t feel right when I wake up in the morning.Jason Bollman
PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE AND TAKE ACTION
What is something you can do that will move you one step closer to where you want to be?
When you find that one thing you can do to bring you closer to your career goals, you can begin to put that commitment into action.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
If you decide that you want to dip your toe into a new field by volunteering for an organization to either get a feel for their organization’s culture or if it is a position that you are thinking of switching to, make it happen.
Dedicate a set amount of time to your commitment and get a feel for what your life would look like if you made the career switch.
Trusting the work that you did by listening to your heart deserves a good try.
So, listen to your gut and take action.
Trusting your gut intuition will give you the opportunity to intentionally put yourself in a situation that you can enjoy.
By listening to your instincts, you give yourself a chance to grow your career.
If you’re not quite ready to hand over all of your logic to the decisions made by your heart, we’ve got the resources to help you keep moving forward with your career change.
Check out our career coaching. We have world-class career coaches that will ask you challenging questions, keep you accountable, encourage you to take a step back and reevaluate, and offer you a different perspective.
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