100 Days to Career Clarity

Day 6 of 100 Days to Career Clarity

We all lie to ourselves.

Sometimes we make ourselves small to soften our impact in the world. We think maybe the world isn’t ready for our full power.

Sometimes, the pendulum swings to the other end of the spectrum, and entitlement makes an appearance. We figure we’ve worked hard and the world owes us. (BTW, it’s almost always true that we’re working hard, our energy is simply misapplied.)

There’s massive territory in between these two ends of the spectrum that I haven’t mentioned yet:

  • maybe you lie about what matters most to you
  • maybe you tell yourself that you have to play a specific role in your family
  • perhaps you have some ideas about your age and how it impacts your career.

 

Today’s question looks at patterns:

When it comes to your work, how do you lie to yourself and others in your life?

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One of the ways I lie to myself is by going after additional training and yes entire degrees that I don’t really need. #credentialgremlin

3 thoughts on “Day 6 of 100 Days to Career Clarity

  1. As a leader, a manager, a peer, and a service provider, I constantly underestimate the impact I have on other people’s lives. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day business of my job, and see how it applies only to myself (and my clients, of course). But sometimes unbeknownst to me, I am also providing a collateral service. I can provide others with an example, and influence others, for good or ill. I don’t often think about this, but occasionally, I’m reminded of it. Not too long ago, a former student employee of mine who had graduated and obtained a great job in another state, came back to town to visit. He sought me out for coffee, and we had a nice time chatting on his current job and reflecting on how his time working for my organization had influenced him. He didn’t come outright and say, “You were a positive influence on me,” but in hindsight, I realize that’s what the subtext was.

  2. There’s massive territory in between these two ends of the spectrum that I haven’t mentioned yet:
    ◾maybe you lie about what matters most to you
    ◾maybe you tell yourself that you have to play a specific role in your family
    ◾perhaps you have some ideas about your age and how it impacts your career.
    Today’s question looks at patterns
    When it comes to your work, how do you lie to yourself and others in your life?
    Hmm this is hard —
    Maybe i’m lying about thinking I can’t manage if I get another job that doesn’t pay as much- can we really financially survive – I’ve never had to do that
    I’m not good enough at anything to do something different as a job — like could I really get a full time job with benefits – teaching swim lessons, bereavement counseling, teaching CPR, etc – can I pull together my skills I do have into a different job/career that is out there that I’m not sure how to find
    I think my biggest lie- is telling myself I don’t know how to write a resume to fit today’s employment fields – and this holds me back and I am just scared to get through that and get the resume done– I put up red flags all around this – no you can’t do that- no you can’t do this- i’m scare to get to a career counselor again- the last one told me to just keep the job I have -NOT HELPFUL —
    Other lies- hmm
    Too old – well I am 62 – will anyone hire me – and actually – not a lie- I’d rather just retire — and get several part time things, and I would surely do that if I could figure out how to get insurance for my family-
    Other lies- i’m blanking out — this must be really a brick wall for me – I hope to see other ideas from others who may be in this blog

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