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Do you love musicals? I do. There's a song in Chorus Line sung by
one of the young hopefuls who is auditioning for the chorus line. The opening
"Who am I anyway? Am I my resume?
This is a picture of a person I don't know.
What does he want from me? What should I try to be?
So many faces all around and here we go.
I need this job. Oh God, I need this show."
This song reminds me of how we can almost "become" our
careers to the point that we can't remember who we really, truly are any
longer. We become who we think others want us to be because, well... we need
this job, we need this show.
This is why the DREAM path (as talked about last week)
starts with D for Discovery. This step is all about re-discovering who you are
at your core, without all the trappings of work or assumptions about your
career, your success, your aspirations.
Who are you anyway?
If someone asked you this at a party, how would you answer?
Perhaps you would say something like, "Oh, I'm Ali. I'm married to Dickie.
We have lots of pets and live in a cottage in the South Downs. I'm a career
coach. Who are you?". Hm, that's quite boring, isn't it? That's like the
CV of my life!
BUT thinking about my own Discovery revelations, here's an
alternative response: "Oh, I'm Ali. I love writing and chatting with
people. I'm a really good listener so I can't wait to hear your story! I also
love trying new things and learning as much as I can about all sorts of topics.
I'm driven by a desire to be independent and my pet hate is unfairness in any
shape or form. I'm on a mission to help people improve their career fulfilment
at the same time as finding my own harmony between my personal life and my
Some may say that's oversharing (come on, live a little) but I
think it's much more interesting than my trite resume response and, hopefully,
more engaging too!
The benefits of Discovery
Clients that have been through the Discovery step of the DREAM
path find a myriad of benefits. The process is all about finding your
energising strengths (those things you're good at and also give you energy),
uncovering and connecting with your values and, finally, crafting your career
Client feedback has uncovered benefits such as the clarity of knowing exactly what you want, not just from
your career plan, but also your life goals. The courage to know what elements of your career are ones
that you will not compromise on. The buzz that you get when you're working at your best.
The joy of changing
up your daily activities to make sure you're doing things that bring you
energy. The confidence that comes from knowing that you have a unique
blend of strengths that you can use and combine every day to ensure peak
performance and satisfaction.
Some clients have completely changed their careers off the back of
doing this Discovery step. Some clients have tweaked what they do but stayed in
a similar role. And some clients have completely re-engaged with their career
just because they've now articulated their WHY and can see how their job fits
into their broader life's purpose.
How do I get started?
If you haven't worked with me before on your own Discovery, then
I'm going to suggest that you start with identifying your energising Strengths.
All my clients start here and then we delve deeper into Values and Purpose.
There are 3 ways for you to do this:
I really hope that you can start your own personal Discovery by
uncovering your energising strengths. If you'd like to talk about the full
Discovery process, then book a call with me to
talk it through.
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