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Should you prioritise finding a new career over other areas of your life?

Should you prioritise finding a new career over other areas of your life? Photo of 4 giraffes looking in different directions with large brown shrubs in the background and an overcast sky.

There are approximately 30 exercises we work through in the Discover A New Career group coaching programme.

That’s 30 opportunities to uncover important information about yourself, much of which is not related to just your career, but also to your wider life.

I went through a similar process, albeit with fewer exercises, a few years ago and what has since struck me the most about that experience is how much of what I learnt about myself has been utilised beyond my career.

Let me share some examples.

I like to know what’s coming.

I like a plan.

I like to have updates on how the plan is unfolding.

Ideally I’d like to know how things turn out in my life so I can adjust myself accordingly in the here and now and work towards it.

I like to fix things.

I like to make everything ok.

I don’t like messy, especially in relationships.

My default is to work out my position, all the different possible outcomes and what I should say and do to enable what I perceive to be the best outcome.

This takes a lot of energy and worrying. A ridiculous amount.

So, how has the process of exploring new career possibilities helped me with all of this?

Firstly, I now try and focus on only the next step.

I allow myself to feel what I’m feeling and express it (in a healthy way) without trying to fix things. I try to remember that I don’t have to have the outcome figured out.

Secondly, I try and approach things in the spirit of an experiment – try it out and see what happens.

Nothing is set in stone, I don’t need to know the outcome, I can hold it all loosely and enjoy the ride.

Alright, enjoying the ride might be a bit of a stretch for me at the moment, but there’s something about approaching things in the spirit of experimentation that feels light and allows me to get curious about what will unfold, what I will learn and what the next step will end up being.

It takes the pressure off.

And this is my hope for you.

That you find an approach that takes the pressure off you having to find all the answers to solve all the areas of your life as soon as possible.

If there are other parts of your life, besides career, that aren’t in the shape you want them to be, choosing to focus on changing career can be a starting point.

I can assure you that what unfolds on your new career journey will ripple out into other areas of your life and in some ways I’m not sure it matters which part of your life you address first; the most important thing is that you are taking action.

And, if thinking about where on earth to fit tackling changing career into the list of things you want to address has overwhelm descending faster that a comet, try out this exercise to help you decide where you want to put your focus.

Whether your starting point is career or another part of your life, know that taking a step towards addressing something you are unhappy about will ultimately affect your whole life.

So, my answer to the question ‘should you prioritise finding a new career over other areas of your life?’ is that it’s up to you – wherever you choose to start will lead to growth and movement within you so in a roundabout way you will be prioritising your career because you will be prioritising you and uncovering more about you is the starting place to a whole new world of career possibilities.

Photo by Thomas Evans on Unsplash.