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Career Change Perfectionism. The 5 Minute Career Coach March 2010
March 01, 2010
Helping Career Changers Around The World
Welcome to the March 2010 edition of The 5 Minute Career Coach!
What’s in this Issue
If you are teetering on the brink of making a career change and then keep finding that something pulls you back from the edge, read on - there is lots in this edition to help!
With best wishes
Quote of the Day
This is another one of those quirky quotes from the TUT Adventurer's Club website and it seems to me to be spot on for many an aspiring career changer. After all, who doesn't want a career that will mean having more fun and being happier?
If you have not yet signed up for Notes from the Universe, I recommend you take a look. The Notes are quirky, unconventional and humorous and yet can sometimes offer you just that glimpse of insight that you need.
Are You a Perfectionist?
I expect you know if you have perfectionist tendencies. We all do to a certain degree, but for some, perfectionism can really hold them back.
Perfectionists all share an irrational belief that everything must be absolutely right, and because this is nearly always unachievable, they can then get frozen into inactivity on the basis that it is better to play it safe and do nothing than run
the risk of a less than perfect outcome.
Perfectionism rarely leads to a perfect life but is more likely to result in procrastination, a pessimistic outlook and low self esteem. So if you think it is a factor that is holding you back from making a career change, take a look at these tips for challenging and changing your approach.
If you follow these tips, they can help you break free of the perfectionism habit and start making real progress towards a career change.
And my own perfectionism?
The Career Change Question
Challenging questions are a key tool in helping to create change.
Each month I offer you a question to think about. Just let the question wander round your mind for a few days, or even weeks and see what answers unfold for you. The questions are designed to get you thinking in new ways and hopefully gain insights that may open your mind to new possibilities for you career and for your life.
And with this question, I suggest you don’t just jot down a couple of obvious people or places. I challenge you to make a list of at least 50 different ideas! This is because it is when you force yourself to make a really long list that you get past the obvious and begin to be more creative.
It is best to do this exercise in one sitting – maybe with a trusted friend to help prompt you. You will start with the obvious, but as the list grows, you are forced to be more adventurous, a bit whacky even, and this is when the off-the-wall ideas begin to show up, the ones that actually have some real but unexpected potential.
So go on, see what you can come up with – and then take action!
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