Reinventing Your Career

Have you been downsized?

Has your industry changed drastically leaving you feeling irrelevant?

Do you need/want work that holds meaning?

Are you unable to leverage your strengths in your job and accomplish things you love doing with your talent?

A powerful set of tools, models and strategies are available for anyone who answered yes to these three questions.

Common wisdom may tell you:

  • decide what you need to do next, then craft a plan and execute it
  • go back to school and get more training

Both are MYTHS that often only work for a tiny percent of individuals.

Career reinvention is not a straight path. It is a crooked journey of experimenting and trying out a variety of options before settling into the perfect spot. It can be filled with fear, vulnerability, excitement and opportunity.

 

In this interview, Lyn Christian of SoulSalt Inc. discusses a reinvention journey in process with one of her clients. See for yourself how the reality of crafting a whole new career can look.

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The next Reinvention Group begins January 14th @ 5:30, there are only a couple spots left so make sure to sign up asap! Contact info@soulsalt.com, or call Shannon at 801-631-8572

 

Putting It Together

Putting it all together… of all the exercises in the Hedgehog experience, this is the one that takes the most creativity.  Now is the time to enlist the help of three people who love you unconditionally.  These people must not be afraid of any change or shift in your working identity. They must be supportive to you, no matter what.

You can assemble this group in a final meeting or have separate meetings with each one.  Here’s how to proceed:

Step One:  Understand the mechanics of using a Venn Diagram or, some may refer to it as a “bubble map.”  Share that information with your group as you meet.

– The principle of these diagrams is that classes or sets be represented by regions in such relation to one another that all the possible logical relations of these classes can be indicated in the same diagram. That is, the diagram initially leaves room for any possible relation of the classes, and the actual or given relation, can then be specified by indicating that some particular region is null or is not null.

Step Two:  Now that you know that the intersecting regions represent areas of relationship, compare what information from your strengths circle combines with a parallel thought from your passion circle. Record those answers in the area shared by both circles. Do the same for the other two intersecting areas and leave the triangular center area free at this time.

Step Three:  Once you have the relationships recorded, look to see where these three areas can converge down into a specific line of work.  Those specific lines of work are now recorded in the center area.  When I say “specific lines of work” please be aware that I’m not talking necessarily about traditional careers.  I am talking about new working identities that could prove profitable.

Here are specific ideas that have shown up in the past month with the four clients I’ve most recently taken through this exercise:

  • Trainer
  • Coach
  • Consultant
  • New Age Minister for Peace
  • Speaker
  • Diplomat
  • Film maker
  • Athlete
  • Business owner
  • Broker – of information
  • Innovation Wizard
  • Healer

From this new list you have generated, fodder for your future. The boldest step yet is to craft an experiment:  carve out one simple experience where you can try-on a new working identity and see how it feels. See what you can give and what value is repaid to you. The course you will be charting from here on out is experimental.  Use these iterative experiences where you earn and you learn what you can do with the strength, passion and earning capacity that lives innately within you.

If you need further questions answered concerning the Hedgehog experience, you might want to check out The Entrepreneur Starter Kit.

 Return To The Introduction Of This Series: You Have Hedgehogs 

Reinventing Your Working Identity

Are you still trying to figure out what you want to be when you grow up?  Do you feel stuck in your current position?  Do you find yourself thinking that there must be more to life than “this”?

Are you an entrepreneur that is successful, but you feel stuck in your current level of success and want to get to the next level of success, but aren’t sure what to do or how to get there?

Are you tired of your job? Are you tired of being tired of your job?

We are launching another SoulSalt group coaching engagement that will start on July 31st.  We are looking for individuals who can relate to the following questions and statements:

  • What are my strengths?
  • What is stopping me from finding out what I want to do?
  • I want to live more of my life for “me” versus for someone or something else.
  • What sort of work would I love to do?
  • I want to know how to organize the next phase of my life around the answers to the questions above.
  • I want to know where I can truly shine.

The group runs through September 4th (6 weeks).  The fee is $500.00 and includes all of your supplies and materials which are valued at over $100.00.

To register, please contact Shannon at (801) 631-8572 or at info@soulsalt.com.
View the invite here!