Balance de vida personal vs. profesional: ¿Es momento de redirigir mi carrera?

Conciliar mejor la vida profesional y personal se asemeja a una montaña demasiado grande como para escalarla y a su vez, satisfacer las necesidades que se deben cumplir. Sin embargo, el hacerlo, puede ser una verdadera inversión a largo plazo si es cuidadosamente planeado.

Ahora bien, en que momento debemos tomar la iniciativa?, quizá cuando el ideal de lograr una vida más tranquila comienza a manifestarse en nuestra mente, o cuando la falta de equilibrio entre la vida profesional y personal genera estrés que se añade al trabajo o a la familia. Un cambio a nivel profesional pueden ser una manera de “re-diseñar” nuestra vida a fin de hacerla más plena y gratificante.

La mayoría de las veces, cuando el camino de conversión identificado es totalmente coherente con las necesidades personales y profesionales (incluso si se trabaja mucho), el estrés generado es completamente diferente, al menos la percepción es diferente. En otras palabras, la obsesión por el trabajo disminuye y, por lo tanto, disponemos más tiempo y energía para el ámbito personal.

En artículos anteriores, hemos hablado de la importancia de nuestras decisiones en la construcción de nuestra carrera y hemos reflexionado sobre afirmaciones como: “soy muy viejo (o muy joven) para cambiar mi carrera”.

Te damos 3 consejos que te ayudarán en a redirigir tu carrera profesional con la finalidad de alcanzar una vida personal más equilibrada:

1 – Comprueba tus motivadores

Si la búsqueda del equilibrio entre la vida profesional y la personal es el único motor de cambio, tendremos un gran camino avanzado; sin embargo, es importante tomar en cuenta que para lograr el cambio con éxito, es esencial que la nueva elección cumpla en cierta medida con todos los niveles de tus necesidades, capacidades, creencias y valores para asegurar que el deseo de cambio es real.

2 – Acepta la pérdida de la condición anterior para aumentar tu autoestima.

Al llegar a cierto nivel jerárquico dentro de la empresa – por ejemplo -, seguramente el cambio implicará que el nivel de responsabilidades baje. Esto significa la aceptación de la pérdida de estatus. Para muchos de nosotros, este estado es fundamental ya que necesitamos que se reconozcan nuestros logros para sentirnos valorados, esto puede ser el reflejo de una autoestima frágil. Como resultado, el temor a la pérdida de este reconocimiento externo se convierte en un obstáculo para el cambio. Por lo contrario, pensar que ganaremos una vida más equilibrada, el reconocimiento interno y los “inputs” emocionales, serán los mejores aliados de nuestra autoestima.

3 – Aceptar la pérdida de ingresos por la ganancia de bienestar.

Otra consecuencia directa de la transición de carrera es la posible pérdida financiera. Sin embargo, tomemos en cuenta que este bienestar tiene un costo. La caída en los ingresos puede ser compensada en gran parte por los beneficios en términos de bienestar personal y familiar. Ahora bien, nosotros mismos tenemos la clave para hacer de esto una “perdida” pasajera si enfocamos nuestros esfuerzos en una actividad que nos reditúe en un bienestar económico a mediano o largo plazo.

En los últimos años el mundo ha cambiado y la transición profesional ya no es simplemente un cambio de empresa. Transición profesional es un cambio que puede ser, o bien para dar continuidad a nuestra carrera profesional, o muchas más veces de las que imaginamos, para terminar con lo que hacíamos y empezar algo totalmente diferente; al final, es también una oportunidad para aprender, emprender, y por qué no, para arriesgar.

Redirigir nuestra carrera profesional es cambio, la vida misma es cambio y, en muchas ocasiones el cambio es oportunidad de mejorar.

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!

 

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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.