What is it you find yourself doing when you’re completely engrossed and the time just passes by and you have to remind yourself to stop to eat and before you know it the morning has turned into evening and you can still continue with what you’re doing into the night?
When I begin working with a client who’s considering a WorkLife change, quite often it’s because of a particular turning point in their life and they’ve come to realise that life is too short for them not to be living it fully.
Our personal motivation is a much more complex matter than just finding a ‘good skills fit’, and while skills and motivation are related, they’re certainly not the same. Skills can be limited if they’re not energised by an innate motivation.
I truly believe Thinking is the ultimate superpower. Once people are confident in their ability to think for themselves and believe they have the answers they need within them, this instils the belief they can do for themselves.
My experience is that people who are really good at what they do, don’t give out unsolicited advice. Some will choose to be mentors, and in doing so, will share their experiences through their stories. Stories are a wonderful way to help people—a wonderful way to impart wisdom without telling people what to do. People can always figure that out for themselves.
What do you say when you’re asked that ever-recurring and somewhat annoying question: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” We’ve come to expect it at interviews, but what if it comes up in conversation at a networking event or a cocktail party?
During this enforced active WorkLife pause be open to experiences that require deeper thinking, let this guide your self-feedback to learning what you need to learn, and to knowing what you can do with the learning you already have within you, in a new and different context. Being observant will allow you to know what to do next to make the most of this WorkLife experience.
What I want to focus on here is how you could transition into a new role/company/programme like this (or whatever role/company/programme that is new and interesting to you), so you’re ready when you do see a job advertised or you want to speculatively approach them to express why you would be a great asset to the company.
Really listening allows you to be completely present in the moment and is critical to the success of your action or answer. Then pause before you respond – as long as you don’t have a look of panic on your face, you’ll look thoughtful, careful and respectful.
Oftentimes the most simple of things are also the most beautiful of things, and it’s this combination that has the power to bring and maintain health and happiness to our everyday WorkLife.