I’m realizing how common it is for people to think there’s something wrong with them if they don’t know what they want, in their work, their business, or their life.
I often hear things like this:
- “I don’t have a clear goal or vision for my future, so I might be a hopeless case.”
- “Other people just know what they want, but I’m not one of those people.”
- “I’m trying to be self-employed but really I need to figure out what I actually like.”
I feel sad when someone thinks she is “a hopeless case.” In reality, lack of clarity on what you want is super common. It’s probably the norm!
But then, what to do?
As a career and business coach who specializes in helping introverts, you can imagine the trepidation I hear about all that career search stuff: networking, writing about oneself on LinkedIn, starting a new business, and feeling understood at work.
For clarity, introverts are NOT at a disadvantage when it comes to career transition or starting a business, but they might feel more stressed by it.
My primary work struggle related to introversion was in valuing and speaking up about my talents and accomplishments. With a lot of help, including communication classes and seeing a career coach, I eventually hit my stride with speaking confidently, authentically, and thoughtfully. It’s funny to look back because my communication now feels so easy now and so “me.”
It was also important to me to choose a career path that fit my nature. Sometimes it’s the workplace or the wrong type of work that is so exhausting.
I’ve gathered a few resources that might help ease the stress of the career or business transition for other introverts. Continue reading
2009 was a year of transition for many of us during economic turbulence. Leaving jobs due to layoffs, starting businesses, changing business strategies, facing the power of social media, or whatever it is for you.
I’m currently going through a “birthing” process into a new direction for my new business and I’m appreciating how exciting and scary transitions can be. Continue reading