I watched a program recently about Australian base jumper Chris ‘Douggs’ McDougall who lives quite an extraordinary life, throwing himself off very high places around the world doing something he truly loves. Whilst his career takes guts and a certain level of craziness, it wasn’t his quest to be renowned as one of the most hardcore jumpers on earth that impressed me. There’s something far more compelling about what ‘Douggs’ does that we can all learn from to help get ahead professionally…
Douggs doesn’t have much to his name in the way of material possessions, and he lives off $20 a week when it comes to groceries so his lifestyle certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But what is impressive about this off-the-wall character is that he lives a life full of passion, and that’s something that many people who are fed up with their job or career can learn from.
You see, the biggest hurdle many people face in creating a career they love is one they build up in their own mind that limits the way they think, and their ability to explore alternative options. Instead of giving themselves the freedom to consider all of the wonderful opportunities available to them, and to carve out a career they are excited and enthused by, they choose to only see the lateral ideas that they’ve been holding on to for most of their career.Yes, you may have started out as an Accountant, Lawyer or Mechanic, but that doesn’t mean that your future has to remain within those constraints. Take Douggs for example, he’s a Carpenter by trade, which as far as I can work out has no lateral connection to Base Jumping!
By choosing to give yourself the freedom to explore other career opportunities you will change your neurological pathways so that you are able to think and behave differently. And when you behave differently you’ll get different results – which is a great step forward if you’re in a job that bores you to tears, or a career you’ve got little or no enthusiasm for. Like Douggs, you need to allow yourself the chance to find out what you love doing and then create a plan to go after your ideal career.
So grab some coloured pens and paper now, get your creative juices flowing, and starting writing down the careers you find fascinating, the jobs you’d like to find out more about, and the professions you’ve always had a hankering for. Cast all logic aside and let your mind run free … because only then, when you truly allow yourself to consider what you’d love to do, will you get on the right track to creating and enjoying a career you love.
Yes, there are many more steps involved in making a career change a reality, especially if it’s a big one, BUT you have to put one foot in front of the other to move forward, and this is step number one on your path to a rewarding and satisfying career.
Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Time Management Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email email@example.com
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