I believe the ultimate goal is helping others to uncover what is their, “trifecta career.” One that aligns with who they are, provides a comfortable lifestyle, and is something that they are passionate about.
A weighty goal to aspire to, I know…but it’s incredibly doable. Trust me, even in my own career I’ve struggled at times with finding the right balance. I believe wholeheartedly that it’s possible for everyone, regardless of your age, industry, or background...you just need to set the bar and reach for it. Here's some steps that might help along the way...
First things first...stop making excuses. Another way I could say this is to pay attention to your limiting beliefs. What are those, you ask? They’re the lens through which YOU see the world—the feelings you have about YOUR circumstances, and play a critical role in where you set your goals. For example, if you think a job is out of your league, why would you apply for it? I hear others all the time from others and have personally done it to myself “I want to pursue more fulfilling work, but I could never afford the pay cut.” I can’t help but ask, “Are you sure you couldn’t afford a temporary pay cut? Are you sure there even would be a pay cut?” Or I’ll hear something like “I hate my job, but I don’t have any other skills.” This is where I love sharing my story—there’s a fundamental difference between schooling and education. Just because you were not schooled in a skill set does not mean you haven’t experienced an education via life experience… I get it—it’s a tough spot when you feel stuck in your career. All too often we sell ourselves short by making excuses (also known as buying into limiting beliefs). Take it from this career coach who went from not knowing what a cold call was to being awarded The Presidents Award in less than 3 years at CVS as top producer in a market that previously was untapped. If you believe in yourself...you can do anything. On that note…
Believe that you can achieve it
You have to believe that a trifecta career is available to you. After all, if you don’t believe in it, who will? I say this to clients all the time when they doubt themselves, especially when we’re prepping for an interview. Your goal in an interview is to go in there and convince the interviewers that you’re more than capable of doing the job and that you’re the best candidate for the position. If you don’t fully believe it, how on earth do you expect them to buy in? The same rings true for your career aspirations. If you want something but think it’s too far-fetched or impossible, you’re not in the right mindset to actually make it happen.
Know what you really want to do
What would you do with your time if money wasn’t a factor? Whose career are you completely envious of? I made a guide to help you figure out what your passion is and what it is that you’re really good at—your core values are key. Don’t just think about it…actively go out and seek the answers. Far too often I find clients waiting versus engaging in some sort of action… Go to networking events and ask people to explain their jobs to you. Peruse LinkedIn and find people whose careers you admire. Download Podcasts or audible books and self help guides. So often, we get so caught up at jobs we stay at just to pay the bills, or because we feel certain pressures to follow a certain path, that we lose sight of what we really want to do and what we’re really good at.
Conquer your fear
It’s normal to be apprehensive about the potential risks of changing jobs or roles. We all worry about the uncertainty that comes with it. much of it centered on financial aspects. Trust me..I get it—we all have bills to pay, and when you’re already bringing in a good salary, it’s easy to get complacent and comfortable. What's the point if you’re miserable and not doing work that means something to you? I can honestly say I love what I do as well as the people I work with and that makes "work" not seem as though I'm working at all. Honest. Those jobs do exist...you just need to know what you're passionate about.
Put a plan into place
Once you’ve gotten clear on what it is that you love to do and what sort of career you want to pursue, start planning. This will likely involve consulting with various professionals along the way—individuals in that line of work, mentors, and coaches. But having a clear cut plan in place will help alleviate many of the worries that you have about pursuing your dream.
The trifecta career is available to all of us if we’re willing to put in the work to find it. Go for it. Kick your excuses out the back door. Believe in yourself. Figure out your passion. Stop letting your fear paralyze you. Come up with a plan. Put your plan into place. And don’t be afraid to fail. Nothing is for certain, but as long as you learn from possible setbacks and stay your course, you’ll find it: the job that allows you to showcase who you truly are, supports you financially, and fulfills you. YOU deserve it.