Dec 12

ADHD and Career Transformation

Recently, my trusted advisor/coach told me today that it is time to get out and use my natural gifts and talents of teaching, coaching and healing now! In other words, I got the royal kick in the booty.

And since my specialization is in the career world, specializing in ADHD, I am here to say that whether you are currently living your dream in an amazing career or still trying to figure out what you want to be when you grow up, something is definitely about to change – and soon.

For those of you who are happy in your work, consider how it could be better or how you can expand in your current situation. Maybe it is time to transition on to the next big thing because you’re getting a bit bored. And yet, you might be uncertain of where to go and how to get there.

Maybe there are rumblings going around your office about layoffs and you actually think you might be one of them, Maybe it is because, well, you’ve been bored lately and haven’t been showing up 100%.  Are you spending too much time doing tasks that are less than fun and would prefer to focus on tasks you enjoy more?

Or maybe you are ready to finally figure out what you want to do so that you can look forward to opening your eyes in the morning knowing you’re headed somewhere you really want to be. What a concept!

Here are just three tips, yes just three, that I want to share with you on how to navigate and manage the feeling of simply knowing that something is about to change or that you are ready for a change:

  1. What you resist persists. I am certain you have heard that one before. The truth is that any of those feelings you are having now are not about to go away. So why resist? You can start to explore what is up in your career life by asking yourself this simple question – am I in the right job or field? And by “right” I mean the one that makes you feel happy, peaceful, energized….all the positive feelings.  If not, it is not YOU, it is that you are in the wrong job, career or business.  Answer this question with ruthless honesty.  Write it down.
  2. If you like your work but can’t get a grip on enjoying the people you work with or the subject/field of the work you are in, yet you enjoy the tasks, it might be that you need to look at plugging those tasks into another field. Here’s an example: You’re an IT specialist for a large supply company, yet you love all things green. Why not consider looking into using those skills with an eco- friendly company. Sometimes just being in the environment of people who you share commonalities with can make all the difference. And, who knows where it will lead.
  3. Spend five minutes a day visualizing your ideal work setting. In other words, where are you? Home office? A shop, store or office? How long does it take you to get there? The setting you visualize might change often when you ask this question daily, but eventually you will start to see a pattern. And here is the most important piece – see it “as if” it is real now, present tense once you are settled on the one that feels right.  This is a start.

A couple of years ago I woke up with the feeling of having an idea that seemed as if it had been literally “downloaded” to my brain. As a result, I wrote it down and followed up on a new concept for a mobile app for over 2 years.  The concept is currently on hold.  However, I learned more about myself in those 2 years than in a lifetime. I connected with amazing people. I found a niche that still needs filling.  I have zero regrets and recognized the pieces of this experience that made me happy. Taking inspired action on insights can be exciting and literally life-changing.  I love feeling excited!  There is more to the story, of course, but let’s just say that it is not over.

Ask yourself, “What’s Next?” Sound silly or too simplistic? Try it. I am big on meditation, particularly for those of us in the ADHD tribe. This is for everyone.  Put it in your favorite scheduling app as a reminder to do in the morning each day and before you go to bed each night.

Penzu (penzu.com) is my go to online journal. It works for me because I can type much faster than I can write. Use any of the above three tips to get started.

If you feel that now is the time to consider career coaching on a support that will clarify your direction and “What’s Next” and provide support to get you there,  let’s chat at no cost. Go to www.passiontocareer.com and schedule a convenient time.

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