Our personal growth is a result of our everyday experiences, insight we gather, the choices we make and the fast-paced ever-changing world we live in. As we age, just like we look different on the outside we are different on the inside. Subtle changes which may go unnoticed but after time can suddenly be more obvious and affect our behaviour, decisions, reactions and how we view the world around us, what fulfils us and what makes us happy.
So how can we make sure that we continue to achieve the best out of ourselves and our careers as we evolve?
Let’s start with some questions…
Have you ever got frustrated that suddenly the tried and tested ways of working and thinking don’t seem to be giving you the results you want or have done in the past?
Are you finding it hard to make sense of thinking, perhaps feeling out of alignment of where you are in your career, less passionate about walking into the office every day or finding it hard to inspire yourself to progress?
Are you wondering how you will continue to feel energised and fulfilled in your career with many years left to work?
If Yes was the answer to all or any of the above questions then chances are you are ready and in need of recalibration mid-career.
Let’s talk recalibration
Recalibrating means taking time to step back, reflecting and updating the way you think and your behaviour to enable you to confidently steer yourself towards clear up to date success criteria. It means being crystal clear on who you are right now, who you want to be, what will make you happy and how you can actively lead yourself effectively to maximise your untapped potential. Ultimately it’s about asking yourself the right questions, tweaking the mindset, the belief bank and the personal operating system so that you can push yourself forward decisively with energy, determination and positivity.
Mid-career is a great time to take stock of who you have become, where you are and what’s missing, in order to make the next chapter of your career focused, satisfying and contributing to your life success. Recalibration helps you maximise your mid-life years and is needed in order to reboot your career especially when you’ve lost the love and engagement with what you thought you’d be doing forever, if you want to explore new opportunities or to enable you to push through ceilings, beat restlessness and plateauing.
Here are 5 reasons how mid-career recalibration will lead to continued career success.
shine a light on your priorities
We are unlikely to be the same person we were in our teens, twenties, thirties and so on and what is important to us changes. With a wealth of competencies and developed perspective, you now have the tools to really understand what you want out of your life and how your career can help you achieve this. When you shine a light on your priorities – you values – you make sure you are aligned to what is truly important to you, helps eliminate any unsettled feeling and helps you make decisions. Taking time to reflect on what makes us tick, what’s important to us and what we value allows us to reset our compass and start to steer ourselves to build a career and life with more of what we love to do, what we are passionate about and less of what isn’t important to us.
clarity on your career path
Complacency, comfort zone and beliefs can keep us stuck within the confines of one idea of a career. In today’s world, we are not destined to have just one career. But without recalibration, too many of us stay stuck, frustrated and uninspired following an out of date career pathway. When we recalibrate, we take time to explore exactly what excites us and the skills, strengths and passions which we want to focus on. Setting career goals based on a clear vision helps bring clarity and energy to decisions which can then be turned into strategy and an action plans to help you confidently navigate the right career path.
A need for recalibration isn’t because something is broken. It’s unlikely you need fixing you just need to focus on improving and realigning yourself in certain areas in order to function and perform better. When anything has been going for a long time it’s very likely to be tired and in need of a boost to re-energise it. And as humans, we are no different. When you recalibrate, you connect with doing more of what you love, align yourself once more with your values and start to focus on your well-being. The end result is a more confident and continually energised version of you.
Kill off negative whispers
With experience, we build a bank of personal stories and beliefs which can lead to unhelpful negative energy and chatter inside. When we recalibrate, we take time to spot the helpful personal stories, those that can give us empowering beliefs to spur us on, to take risks and push through fear. We also learn to notice and challenge the stories in our heads which are holding us back, feeding the negative whispers of our inner mind monkeys and doing us no good. The outcome, a bank of empowering beliefs, an ability to make peace with past experiences freeing us from negativity and regret, and a greater focus on a future full of positive thinking and opportunity.
Identify opportunity for growth
If we don’t stop and reflect on our strengths, skills and situation we are closing our eyes to opportunity. Through coaching, I love it when clients have amazing aha moments throughout the experience. Particularly those breakthrough moments which bring a realisation of how much more they have to offer and what more the world has to offer them. The tunnelled vision suddenly becomes an open playing field. Once we open our eyes to a bigger clear picture, and with a recalibrated operating system, the freedom of choice and potential for making changes, re-engaging or reinventing yourself mid-career seem more achievable.
WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW I CAN HELP YOU RECALIBRATE? – Find out about my coaching programmes here on a free discovery call, or this January why not take up one of my limited 90-minute one-off clarity coaching session which can be booked here