Is this your breakthrough day?

So, how is your day going? Are you in a breakthrough state of mind? Whether you are looking to make a career breakthrough or a breakthrough in any aspect of your life, your mindset is a big part of it. Are you open to what’s out there or are you stuck in your day-to-day rut, routine, mental "veg" state?

A popular theme in the coaching world today is the "Law of Attraction." This theory states that if you energize your thoughts and your feelings to focus on what you want, you will attract the opportunity and the very thing you want to happen will become manifest to you. It’s an exciting thought and it does seem to work for some people.

You might be saying, "but I don’t know what I want to do next." This dilemma can be approached by using fantasy and visualization to generate creative ideas. We all have dreams about things we’ve always wanted to do. It’s our mindset that messes us up by telling us "you can’t do that," "you’re too old," or "there’s no money in that." But what if we changed our mindset to tell us it is possible? A good question to ask ourselves is "if it were possible, what would I be doing?" Another good question to ask ourselves is "if I were living my dream job, what would it be?" If you can free yourself of the negative self talk, the possibilities will emerge. If you can’t seem to focus on any possibilities, just ask yourself each day the question, "what would I like to doing for my dream career?" If you put the question out there and be truly open to see what comes up, when you least expect it, something will pop into your head or you will find that you experience a situation that "tells you" something. You have to be diligent throughout the day because the answer usually comes when you least expect it.

Not so intuitive by nature? Don’t be discouraged. There are lots of resources out there and research to explore. And there are people you could talk to about their careers. Request an "Informational Interview" and have carefully prepared questions such as "how did you get into this career," and "what do you like best/least about this career" or anything else that is important to you to know in evaluating if the career is right for you. Overall, stay focused on your desire to make a change and TAKE ACTION to explore and try out new things, and it will happen for you.

I’d love to hear from anyone out there who has experienced a career breakthrough, and how it happened for you. Please share your experiences so you can inspire others.

Next time, I’ll talk more about some specific career transition issues related to different age groups and life stages.

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