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Since I created the D.R.E.A.M pathway to help people create a
career they love, I am often asked which step on the pathway is the most difficult;
the one where most people get stuck. All of the steps require open-mindedness,
some dedication and definitely a smattering of courage. However, the most
common place where people get stuck is... M. Making it
happen. Having done all the hard work, when the goal is starting to come into
reach, we give up. Why?
Because making it happen is hard.
The D step (Discovery) is fascinating because it's all
about you: What am I good at? What gives me energy? What are my personal
values? What is my career purpose? What is my Why? Personally, I could wallow
about in the D step for a loooong time. That's why I offer it
as a separate coaching programme: the Career MOT. Once we have D defined, we know whether we need to overhaul or
fine-tune the vehicle.
The R & E step (Research & Explore) is fun because it's imagining all
the possible career "you’s" that there could be. It's creative,
sociable, exciting and you end up with a list of things you can explore for the
future you. This could be a plan to move towards setting up your own business,
a portfolio career, a thrilling early retirement, a fulfilling future. All
possibilities that can bring you more joy than where you are right now.
The A step
(Articulate) is reassuring because this is where you finally get clarity on
what exactly you need to do to create a career you love. You get organised and
create goals for the short, medium and long term and prepare everything you
need to take that first step - a new CV, social media, website, networking
here you are, standing on the precipice of a joyful new career, ready to jump
in with both feet, ready to Make it happen and... you turn around and walk back towards the
safety net of your boring old career that doesn't fill you with joy.
Why is M difficult?
Making it happen requires effort. It requires:
Now I don't know about you, but I don't look at that list and
think "Yeah, that's me. Courageous and motivated with a growth mind-set,
100% self-confidence, resilient and completely focused on my goals." Do
you? If you do, I need to interview you right now as we could learn a lot from
you (get in touch!). If you don't, don't beat yourself up. We all need support
to make change within ourselves. Change is hard. Don't do it on your own. I'm a
coach and I know how to get all those things on the list, but I still can't do
it on my own.
M is hard
but it's worth it. M enables you to make your dreams a reality, to
live a better life, be a happier person, a better friend, partner, parent.
Without M, all you have is D.R.E.A. That just doesn't
make sense to me. Does it make sense to you?
doesn't, book a discovery call
with me to find out how I can support you or take a look at the online programmes and coaching products I have created to help you Make it
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