With an undetermined timetable for a return to our previous activities, many of us are caught between being bored to tears or scared to death. It’s a given that everyone is coping with significant change in our daily lives and one too many trips past the refrigerator. If your reflection in the mirror is less than pleasing, it’s definitely not the time to feel empowered and take a stab at creating a new hairstyle, or worse, bangs. Just don’t do it! The momentary sense of newness will soon give way to regret and more cutting/coloring to repair the spark of misguided do-it-yourself energy. Instead, take a deep breath, hide all scissors and redirect your dynamism toward rethinking your professional profile.
Are you the person who loves the startup process? Whether it’s a new business, reconfiguring your office space, writing the next great novel, or getting the junk drawer organized, some of us get our greatest boost when we make something new happen. Nothing is better than playing with the newness and the possibilities that you envision for the future are exciting.
You love innovation; new ideas, collaborations, activity and creating something from nothing. You can envision what needs to happen, pulling in resources, making connections and multi-tasking throughout. Everything is bright and shiny as you engage others in seeing your vision and joining you. There is energy, excitement and nervous anticipation. No matter, once it is up and running, regardless of the time it takes, be it months or years, you have checked out. You are done and have little interest in maintaining or sustaining it.
Now what??? Look for the people who have no interest in the nascent stage of development. They want to come in once something is established, avoiding the often drama infused startup process. They are skilled at maintaining and growing something already existing.
You love to train, oversee, organize and develop actions that can take this business to the next level. You are skilled at implementation, overseeing and documenting what needs to happen. You are the anchor and the person who anticipates repeating patterns in the life cycle of an organization. You refine, tweak and strengthen operations.
We all have preferences and while we are not always able to choose 100% of what we do, it’s important to know what we are good at and what we favor. Some of us want to be at the head of the line, in the spotlight, performing at the out-of-the-box/creative level, yet we also will incorporate some sustainer methodology in our work. Likewise, the steward of the business will also be utilizing the skill-set of the creative/visionary in order to be successful. Yes, when we understand our preferences, we can better make meaningful, sustainable and personally satisfying contributions to the success of an endeavor AND the stress level is greatly reduced as well.
Think of a time when you had your most positive professional experience
Starter or sustainer?
Was it by choice or by chance?
However comfortable you assumed you were with choice and change, it may morph into overwhelming anxiety that was never anticipated. This makes it the ideal time to engage the support of a career coach with experience in helping professionals achieve better, faster, results. At KICKSTART Your Transition we offer a broad range of services to fit your needs