Career Guidance: The One Thing You Must Change to Find Your Dream Career

Career Guidance

Career Guidance just for you

As a Career Coach, people come to me for career guidance. They’re usually where I was 8 years ago. Completely fed up with being trapped in the wrong career. Sick of feeling bored and uninspired from lack of passion, purpose, and freedom… they feel like their career is toxic or sucking the life out of them because it doesn’t allow them to utilize their God-given talents and gifts.

They know a change needs to happen, but they have no idea where to start. Often times they’ve struggled for YEARS waiting for their dream career to simply unveil itself. Little do they know, there’s a reason why that doesn’t happen. If this sounds like you, here’s my little tidbit of career guidance just for you today:

In order to find your dream career, you have to find yourself first.

Before you give me the eye roll, hear me out. When we’re unhappy in our careers, usually other areas of our lives are suffering too. Our health, social life, relationships with partners and children. We feel off. Like we’ve lost that connection to ourselves, our power, our fire that once burned bright. It’s not just one area of our lives that’s suffering, we are suffering. And until we change that feeling inside, it’s nearly impossible to figure out what it is you were put on earth to do.

Are you familiar with the Law of Attraction? Like attracts like. If you’re searching for your dream career or business from a place of irritation, frustration, boredom, sadness, anger, depression, suffering – the ideas that come to you will only suit you for the person you are NOW.

Even if you find a career that seems like it might be a good fit, it won't take long before you're back in the same depressed state. Feeling all those yucky things. Because your inner being brought it to you while in that miserable state - so it would only be perfect for you while you're in that state. Make sense or did I lose you? 

When you do the inner work and get yourself to a place of feeling inspired, passionate, excited about life again and you’re living from a place of love, excitement, and joy, you’re going to attract into your life the perfect career or business for who you are and who you’re wanting to become. A career or business that's perfectly aligned with the life of your dreams. 

This is a process and obviously doesn’t happen overnight. Here are a few tips to turn your ship around:

1.) Stop criticizing yourself

You physically cannot be living your purpose or find your dream career with a negative mind. If your mind is constantly filled with negative thoughts and criticism, there isn’t any room for creativity or for living your purpose. There’s no room for building yourself up because you’re constantly tearing yourself down. The minute I made that shift, my entire world changed. Check out my article on Elephant Journal for more guidance on how to make this shift.

2.) Create a vision of the life you want to live

Write this out - type it out - print it out. Do whatever you need to do but make sure to read it every day. Create a vision board. Keep it close to you so that it becomes so familiar you start to feel it in your bones – you’re so clear on the life you want to create that there’s no option but for it to come to fruition. Answer these questions: What type of person do I want to be? What type of life do I want to live? What do I want my legacy to be? What do I envision to be the perfect day or week inside and outside of my career? What will I do, be, have?

3.) Establish an inspiring morning routine

Depending on your lifestyle (i.e. whether or not you’re a parent like me) this will look different for everyone. It doesn’t have to be extensive, but how we start our day tends to be how the remainder of our day unfolds. Find what works for you.

The first 17 seconds right when you wake up are crucial. I have a couple pieces of paper by my night stand that I’ve written 5 sentences on. I read and feel this out loud first thing when I open my eyes (after my 3-year old jumps on my head). It talks about what I’m grateful for, the lifestyle and freedom I’m creating through my business, my perfect health, etc.

I then recommend listening to I AM affirmations for at least 10 minutes in a meditative state through headphones. If you don’t have time to do this (like me), listen to them while you’re getting ready for the day. If you have time to get a workout in on top of this – wonderful! The point is, start your day off in a positive and inspiring way and you’ll naturally begin to see your mindset shift, even if the actual circumstances in your life haven’t.

4.) Start having more FUN

As adults, we get so lost in the routine of life, we sadly have to remind ourselves to have FUN. I never thought I would have to remind myself to have fun, but with 2 small kids I found myself so far off track that when I was working with my own coach, having fun was one of the goals I set. I challenge you to list 30 things you LOVE to do. Go on, try it. Now make it a point to do at least one of these things each weekend to start, slowly moving towards one thing each day (even if for just 10 minutes).

 

So as you can tell, my career guidance for you today on how to find your dream career is a bit different than in my other posts. But it’s crucial. If you skip this very first step, you’ll continue to spin circles trying to figure out what your dream career or business is. So make it a habit to not criticize yourself, get clear on the vision you have for your life, establish a beautiful morning routine that makes you feel good, and have more fun!

You’ll begin to develop a new perspective. You’ll start to feel tidbits of freedom, inspiration, joy. You’ll feel waves of excitement, that spark, a little bit of that fire you once had. From this place those inspired ideas will come. From this place follow those inspired ideas, which will cultivate new life-changing habits, interests, new connections and you’ll start learning new things. When you get to this place, you’re dream career or business will unveil itself – and it will perfectly match the person you’re becoming, and the beautiful, passionate, meaningful life you want to live.

If you need a more guidance, I’ve got your back. Book your free call with me to find out what it’s like to work with me one-on-one. We’ll not only unveil your dream career or business, we’ll unveil your beautiful, exciting, passionate, purposeful life – the one you’re meant to be living.

 

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About Erica

Erica Carrico is a certified heart-centered Career & Life Purpose Coach, free spirit, star gazer, mommy of 2, and world traveler. 

Through coaching services, speaking, and writing, Erica supports awakening souls to ignite their fire, reconnect with their soul, unveil their purpose, and transition into a career that is in alignment with who they truly are. Grab her FREE workbook 5 Steps to Your Dream Career. 

Erica has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management, a life-coaching certification, 10+ years experience in international recruitment and nonprofit leadership, 2 successful career changes under her belt, and knows her purpose here on earth is to help you live yours.