Tu carrera: aprende a leer las señales!

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CÓMO LEER LAS LUCES DEL SEMÁFORO EN TU CARRERA

Los semáforos se establecieron por primera vez en 1868 en Londres y su función principal es enviar una señal que indica si se puede continuar por la vía o no. Cualquier persona que se desplace caminando o conduciendo por las calles debe entender cómo funcionan los semáforos. Independientemente del país donde vivas y de las posibles variaciones, las luces del semáforo son más o menos las mismas en todo el mundo: verde significa “adelante”, ámbar (amarillo) significa “precaución” y rojo significa “alto”. Si quisiéramos dar un paseo en tu carrera, ¿dirías que sabes leer las señales?

ROJO SIGNIFICA QUE NECESITAS CAMBIAR TU CARRERA YA!

Cuando “tienes que” ir a trabajar, sientes que no tiene sentido pasar el día allí y sueñas con ganar la lotería para no tener que poner un pie en tu trabajo nunca más, eso significa que definitivamente necesitas cambiar de trabajo, e incluso considerar una redirección de carrera inmediatamente. ¡Presta atención a las señales! Sé que no es fácil hacer cambios, pero si estás familiarizado con las sensaciones descritas, deberías considerar prestar atención al letrero de ALTO y evaluar los próximos pasos en tu carrera.

Hay algunas señales en rojo que te ayudarán a identificar lo mal que está la situación: no estás dando el 100% a tus  tareas, cometes muchos errores, te sientes cansado e incluso enojado al final del día, te enfermas frecuentemente, añoras los Viernes y odias los Lunes, esperas estar mucho mejor pegado por lo que haces (que por cierto no será el caso la mayoría de las veces), lo que haces es quejarte y criticar todo, no sientes que hay algo por lo que debas estar agradecido.

ÁMBAR (AMARILLO) SIGNIFICA QUE ESTÁS EN SU ZONA DE CONFORT

Cuando terminas tu trabajo todos los días a la misma hora, sólo haces las tareas que sabes que eres capaz de hacer y piensas con frecuencia que “podría ser peor,  hay otras personas que ni siquiera tienen trabajo”. Estás en tu zona de confort. La luz ámbar indica que puedes seguir adelante pero tienes que ser cauteloso. Permanecer en tu zona de confort significa que estás haciendo lo que puedes, en lugar de lo que te gusta. No estás inspirado y necesitas motivación externa para levantarte e ir a trabajar y continuar a lo largo del día. A largo plazo, este comportamiento conduce al engaño, la infelicidad y, a veces, a la rabia.

¿Cómo puedes saber que estás estacionado en la zona de confort?: Tienes dificultades para despertarte por la mañana, haces bien tus tareas, pero solo cumples con lo que se requiere, quieres hacer de tu carrera tu pasión pero luego piensas que eso es sólo para gente muy talentosa, esperas con impaciencia el aumento salarial anual (si lo hay), te quejas regularmente con amigos y familiares, pero cuando te preguntan qué vas a hacer al respecto, dices: “nada, quiero quedarme aquí un par más años para conseguir más experiencia, es una buena compañía, es bueno para mi CV”.

VERDE SIGNIFICA QUE TIENES UNA CARRERA QUE TE INSPIRA

Cuando sientes que tienes un propósito, que tu causa es aún mayor que tú y que lo que haces está alineado con tus valores, significa que tienes una carrera inspiradora. Cuando haces algo que está en sintonía con lo que eres y que es lo más importante para ti, no necesitas motivación externa (como un salario), estás inspirado internamente.

Algunas de las señales (verdes) que indican que estás verdaderamente inspirado: Tienes energía, quieres que comience el día, con frecuencia piensas en cómo puedes ser mejor en lo que haces, estás ayudando a otros y te encanta, impulsas a los demás al éxito, quieres seguir leyendo y aprendiendo sobre lo que haces, te atreves a asumir nuevos desafíos, eres agradecido e inspiras a otros.

¿Estás leyendo tus semáforos correctamente? ¿Cuáles son los próximos pasos que tomarás en tu carrera? Puedes dejar tus comentarios a continuación.

Si estás considerando un cambio de dirección, te invito a que revises nuestros programas de coaching y transición de carrera y nos contactes. ¡Ayudar a otros a construir una carrera inspiradora es lo que mejor hacemos!

Focus your energy on the right career

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Did you know that most people spend only 5% of their time doing something they actually love!

The average person spends 60% of the day working, 20% sleeping, another 15% commuting and only 5% doing something they actually love. That 5% means everything for some people, especially for those who do not enjoy what they do for living. For many people it means not seeing their kids growing up, not been able to keep healthy habits, not sharing with friends and family and in general not enjoying thelife.

These frightening statistics show that the average person barely has time to see his/her family, work out, read a book, go to the movies, have a hobby, etc. And if we are consistent with the metrics, it means that we only have 5% of the energy of the day to do the things we love on those 1.2 hours that left of the day.  It does not sound fair at all, does it?

Read the traffic lights on your career path

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How to read the traffic lights on your career path

Traffic lights were first established in 1868 in London and their main function is to send a signal that indicates whether you are allowed to proceed through the intersection on or not. Anyone able to walk and drive on the streets should understand how traffic lights work.  Regardless of the country where you live and the possible variations, traffic light rules are pretty much standard all over the world: green means “go”, amber (yellow) means “precaution” and red means “stop”. If we decided to take a ride on your career path, would you say that you know how to read the signs?

Red means that you need to change your career now! 

When you “have to” go to work, you feel like it does not make any sense to spend the day there and you dream about winning the lottery  to not have to set foot in your job ever again, well that definitely means that you need to change your job, and even consider a career redirection now. Pay attention to the signals! I know it’s not easy to make changes, but if you are familiar with these feelings you should really consider paying attention to the STOP sign and evaluate the next steps on your career path.

Here are a few signals (red) that will help you identify how bad the situation is: you are not giving 100% to your tasks, you make lots of mistakes, you feel tired and even angry at the end of the day, you get sick very often, you are wishing for the Fridays and cursing the Mondays, you are expecting to get extremely well paid for what you do (which by the way will not be the case most of the time), all you do is complain and criticize everything, you do not feel there is anything to be grateful for.

Amber (Yellow) means that you are in your comfort zone

When you go and leave your job every day at the same time, you only do the tasks that you know you are able to do and you often think “it could be worse, other people don’t have a job at all”- I think you are in your comfort zone. The amber light indicates that you can go on but you have to be cautious. Staying in your comfort zone means that you are doing what you can do, instead of doing what you love to do. You are not inspired and you need external motivation to get up to go to work and make it through the day. In the long run this behavior leads to deception, unhappiness and sometimes anger.

How can you tell that you are parked in the comfort zone?: You have a hard time  waking  up in the morning, you do your tasks well but you do only what’s required, you think about making a career from your passion but then you think that’s only for very talented people, you eagerly expect the yearly salary raise (if any), you complain regularly with friends and family but when asked what are you going to do about it you say “nothing, I want to stay here a couple more years to get more experience, it’s a good company, it’s good for my CV”.

Green means that you have an inspiring career

When you feel that you have a purpose, that your cause is even bigger than you and that what you do is aligned with your values it means that you have an inspiring career. When you do something that is aligned with who you are and what’s most important to you, you don’t need external motivation (like a salary), you are inspired from within.

Here are some of the signals (green lights) that indicate that you are truly inspired: You feel energized, you can’t wait to start the day, you often think about how you can be better at what you do, you are serving others and you love it, you help others succeed as well, you want to keep reading and learning about what you do, you dare to take on new challenges, you are grateful and you inspire others.

 

Are you reading your traffic lights correctly? What are the next steps you will take on your career path? You can leave your comments below.

If you are considering a change of direction I do recommend you to check at our coaching programs on career transition and contact us. Helping others to build an inspiring career is what we do best!

 

How to suceed at a job application

 

 

Thinking about a career change?

Are you looking for
a new job? Are you perhaps considering a change of career?Whatever your case might be, if you are reading this article is because you are in the tedious process of applying for a job. You know how it is, it gets repetitive, you have to fill in many application forms, cover letters customized according to the company, you set up alerts in a few job boards, you spend hours in front of the PC and then you reach the point of despair and you start applying to every job post you cross.

Patience and self-determination: Ultimate keys to success

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Time is a wonderful gift that we have all received. Every person alive has time. Is the way we choose to spend it what makes us have different results from each other. One of the things that I have been told very often is that I am not a very patient person. I am one those who like to have everything done right away, who dreams about something and wants to see it materialized in the next minute. I am not good at all at waiting, and wasting time freaks me out. But living abroad, meeting people from all over the world, working on my own personal development and living tons of different experiences made me realize how wrong I am about “timing” sometimes.

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How can we ensure to choose the right career in life?… Are we too young or too old to choose/change a career path?

One of the causes of dissatisfaction in life is the job that we choose to do every day. I used to believe that once you choose your study field you will be stuck in one domain for life. This is the worst thought people can ever have regarding a career. I recently had the opportunity to work with a young intern in the company and he pointed out a few times that he wasn’t really sure of what he would do next. He wondered many times if he would really like to make a living on the field he was developing -which was consulting services. I thought: “this is completely normal, he is so young”. I know I am not working in the field I used to work during my first internship. When we are young and we hit our first job experience, we often have the feeling of being lost and we are not so clear about the future.

Use positive thinking to create the life you want

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Why positive thinking?

Positive thinking is the best practice that we can do when it comes to personal development and achievement. After 20 years of research and investigating the lives of the millionaires in America, Napoleon Hill reached to this conclusion: “We become what we think about most of the time”. There are many habits that the most successful people in the world apply to ensure their success, but certainly the most important one is having a positive thinking.