A career coach can help you understand your true wants and desires; specifically, in terms of the direction you want to take in your career. A coach can ask you the tough questions that require reflection, such as, “What do I really want out of life?” and “What makes me happy?” The coach won’t answer these questions for you, yet will guide you towards finding the answers and being truthful with yourself first and foremost.
Archive for April, 2011
If you haven’t had an opportunity to take a personality profile such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) or DISC, this could provide insights into your personality and help you be more reflective about why you react the way you do to people or situations. These profiles are not “tests” – they can’t be failed. Through a series of event-centered or people-centered questions, the profiles assess the way you take in information, process that information, and respond to the world around you. When I first took the MBTI years ago, I had that “aha” moment that comes to those who aren’t always sure why some people just push our buttons. Now I know – and I can prepare better to handle potentially uncomfortable situations or difficult people.
More men than women have confessed to me that this is a weak area for them because they weren’t encouraged as children to be introspective and reflective. Yet, one of the best ways to minimize making the same mistake in life is to reflect on lessons learned from past errors in judgment. In my next few blogs, I’ll make some suggestions that are designed to help build your understanding of why you do the things you do.
My recommendation today is for you to start a journal and keep it up on a daily basis. You may be thinking, “what do I write about?” Write about what you did that day, your dreams for the future and what you did that day to move forward to achieving those dreams, and the people you interacted with and how they affected you. People I know who keep a journal have shared with me that this is very cathartic because they can vent without actually saying something out loud that they’ll regret later. Going over what you’ve written in the past can provide insights to how certain people, events and situations affect and influence your behaviors.