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Why it’s hard to find the right career direction for you. > How to make it easier.

Do you like lists? I do. (Well, except those really long chore lists.) I’ve got 3 reassuring lists for you today when it comes to finding the right career for you. It IS usually hard to find the right career or business direction, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ll map it out in simple terms.

List #1:  4 confusing (and frustrating) things about work for MOST people:

  1. Knowing what you actually want for your career.
  2. Knowing what will actually work for your energy and your wallet.
  3. Having the courage and persistence to go for what you want.
  4. Even knowing how to go for it.

→ That’s too many big unknowns all bundled together. No wonder the whole career thing is such a confusion for most people.

That tangle is why people end up hitting a wall with it. You’re not messed up if that’s what happened to you. It happened to me. I got into a tangle and hit the wall. And I got help, a few times along the way.

Even getting help to escape that tangle might sound daunting, especially if you’re worried about mid-career change. So I’ve got more lists to help you found your way.

sticky cobweb
It can feel like a sticky web with no way out. There’s a way out.

List #2:  4 typical roadblocks to getting help for career clarity:

  1. Concerned about cost.
  2. Hard to believe it will actually help in your situation. (“too late”, “too hard”…)
  3. Don’t know where to turn.
  4. It can be hard to let in help when you’re used to going it alone.

It’s usually more than one that gets in the way.  And people get stuck on one or more of these for… years. Years of feeling misery at work. It’s hard for me to know that so many people get stuck like that for so long. I feel for them. I know the agony from personal experience. (Hint: Mid-career change is a real and doable thing!)

List #3:  4 main ways people get past those career clarity roadblocks:

  1. There are ways to bring the costs way down (maybe to nothing).
    Example: Career Clarity Course (budget-friendly or no-cost option).
  2. To get past believing it could help, start with taking a peek at a few support options, and you might start feeling some hope even before starting.
  3. Not sure where to turn? You can ask around, or try some links on this page and trust if you feel drawn to something.
  4. One step at a time is a great way to find out and make progress. Remember there’s no commitment required if you try a free initial consult with a career coach, or browse around at options.

Bottom Line for finding the right career for you:

  1. Trust your instincts as you explore options for getting help.
    What that looks like: If you feel drawn to something even if nervous, that’s a sign to check things out a bit more. If you are not drawn to it, like an “ick” or neutral feeling, maybe it’s not the right fit or right timing. Your instincts are better than you think.
  2. Please don’t stay stuck.
    The cost to your well-being and happiness, and that of your family, can be high. I believe there’s a way.
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Val Nelson

I’ve been a self-employed career/business/purpose coach since 2009. I help introverts and HSPs (like me) who want to make a difference — in a way that fits our practical needs too.
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