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Last week I delivered a presentations 7 Signs You Are Ready to Stretch and Actions to Take to a group of people in career transition.

The 7 signs we focused on were:

  • You are restless – feeling an “itch” to do something more or different
  • You are seeking – feeling a need for greater purpose in what you are doing
  • You are bored – seeking greater passion in your work or life
  • You are in a rut – feeling a need to change things up
  • You are feeling a pull – feeling ready to act on an idea you have
  • You have an opportunity – one that is out of the norm for you
  • You are questioning – wondering what impact you are having
Some great conversation too place around these 7 signs.  Some thoughts and ideas the audience shared:
  • Never close a door until you look through it first – when a new idea or opportunity shows up that is out of your comfort zone, take the time to review it with open eyes and an open mind
  • Take notice of what actions you do on a daily basis that are within your comfort zone – begin to take daily small steps out of your comfort zone.  This will get you out of your rut, address your restlessness and may even spark new passion
  • Volunteer – especially in an area that is out of your comfort zone – may also boost your passion, give you greater meaning and even spark an idea to pursue

What signs are you noticing that it’s time for you to stretch?

What thoughts do you have to get you out of your comfort zone?

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You have heard me talk about the importance of continually learning and connecting.  This is true whether you are a business owner like me, in career transition or just seeking to enhance your life.

One great way to learn and connect is through LinkedIn Groups.  Here members can post questions, ideas and resources – and start interesting and thought provoking conversations about all different topics.  It is a fantastic way to learn what your colleagues and connections are thinking about, what works for them and what matters to them. 

You may already be a part of some of these groups but one I recently found that is a great help to those in career transition is called Career Change Central.  Here career and HR professionals share different perspectives and strageies for success.

Which groups are you are part of?

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“There is no act that is too small to make a difference”  I heard this statement in a commercial talking about making change in your community and the world.  It also relates very well when you are moving through a transition in your life or undergoing any personal or professional growth.

All transitions happen one step at a time.  Some steps are so small we barely feel like we have taken them, others are (or feel like) giant leaps but each one counts!  

Small acts within a transition can be a phone call that broadens your knowledge, a chance meeting that opens your eyes, a moment or experience that develops your confidence.  Each of these small acts build upon each other and have tremendous impact on your growth.

What small acts will you take today on your path of personal or professional growth?

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Last week I posted this question on Facebook “What would it mean to truly accept yourself – just the way you are, just the way things are – for today?”

It came from one of my earlier posts, Accepting Yourself.  Some of the comments I received show how challenging this truly is so I thought it deserved more discussion.  Comments included – “I would truly have to push myself to accomplish this”, “It would be the ultimate accomplishment”, “I don’t think I have ever been in that place. Definitely something to strive for”. 

Why do you think accepting ourselves and our lives just the way we/they are today is so challenging to do?  Acceptance does not mean giving up on growth.   What it means to me is being OK with what is here now as we plan for what’s next.  It means focusing more on what we are walking toward rather than trying to escape from. 

When I was really ready to leave New York my dislike for where I was living intensified at first.  The thing was, though I was “ready” in my mind, we were not “ready” in reality since we didn’t know where we did want to live yet.  I realized this intense dislike was causing me more harm than good so I chose instead to make the best of where I was while we were planning our move.  This choice eased the rush to move and gave us the freedom to truly focus on what we wanted for our new home/community, to get excited about it and plan for it.  We were really OK just the way were were living for years, we just wanted something different – and we found it.  When we did, we knew it was right and not just an escape!

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This past weekend I finally read the book Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell which focuses on decisions and how we make them.   What resonated most for me were paying attention to our intuition (our gut feelings), narrowing our choices (we often have way too many these days), and paying attention to the lens we are looking through when making our decisions (are we really as open minded as we think we are)?

My October article for my newsletter also focused on decisions – here’s an exerpt – “Every decision we make could be the pivotal one that could change the course of our lives.  From the small decisions like what we have for breakfast or the clothes we buy to the big decisions like what career we pursue and  the partner we choose, and every decision in between, has an effect on our quality of life.  Making decisions, especially in this age of vast choices, is often a painful and challenging process.  We worry about the outcome and  are fearful of the unknown.  We wonder if this is the “best” choice  and often hold out for that “perfect” choice for so long, that we wind up staying exactly where we are, in limbo.  As many of you know, one example of a big decision in my life was my choice to move to North Carolina.  The initial decision to move was easy since my husband and I knew we wanted a better quality of life.  The next decision was where to move.  That took longer as we identified what “better quality of life” meant to us.  That decision was followed by many smaller decisions such as which places to visit, when to put our house up for sale, which realtor to use, when to tell our employers we were leaving, which specific community we wanted to live in, and the list goes on.   Was the process easy?  Not always.  Was it painful?  Sometimes it was.  So what kept us going?  Our desire was strong; we knew what we wanted and most importantly, why we wanted it!”

How do you make your best decisions?

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Stefanie Zizzo, Career and Life Coach, www.stefaniezizzo.com

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