For the past several months, I've been advising the clients I work with to use a career journal to record and explore their ideas about the work they are doing, what inspires and drives them and what they want to experiment with in their work lives.
I've also been telling people to quit thinking and start doing--to experiment and then reflect on what happens. And then devise new experiments to keep moving forward.
Other advice I've given:
- Use positive questions to explore what you want more of, rather than negative questions designed to "solve problems."
- Make new connections and have new conversations as a way of fertilizing career seeds.
I'm sure there's more, but these are the ones that come to mind.
Last night, I was feeling a little adrift about where I want to go next--where to focus my attention. And I realized that all this advice I've been giving? I haven't been taking it myself. And (surprise!) now I'm feeling a little lost.
There's an adage in counseling that says that when you hear yourself giving advice to someone else, often that's the very advice you need to be taking yourself. Basically, physician, heal thyself.
So this blog post serves two purposes--one, to remind me that my career works best when I'm taking my own advice. And two, to remind you that when you hear yourself telling other people what to do, you might want to start asking if this is advice that you yourself should be taking. . .