Hidden Talents Are Key to Career Transition

If you are unhappy at work, you are not alone. Approximately 70% of U.S. workers today are disengaged in their work as reported in Gallup’s 142-country study on the State of the Global Workplace. Globally, 63% of the workforce are not engaged in their work. Economically this effects all of us as well as how the stress of doing work that is not inspiring and motivating is a threat to one’s well-being and happiness.

“Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: it is not to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”—William Jennings Bryan

Inherently we are unique with exceptional talents. Life learning is an ongoing process, only limited by our attitude, thoughts, beliefs and actions. If you think you can do work that is meaningful, then you will make it so. However, if you believe you have to settle for meaningless work, then you won’t even try to focus on something better. .

Maybe you have been in a career that has given you much satisfaction, but you are beginning to feel dispassionate and want something that is more stimulating. You have achieved what you wanted so why not enjoy the spoils of success?

The voice inside you is calling for something else. Then there is the other voice telling you all the reasons why you have to stay put - filling you with fear of things that could go wrong. What’s right about giving up a portion of your life to what no longer brings you joy or meaning?

Maybe you are in a situation where you can’t see yourself even thinking of changing jobs due to circumstances. . That doesn’t prevent you from taking tiny steps toward something brighter. There is purpose in everything including doing work that you dislike. Find the meaning, you will find the purpose. From this place you will have a breakthrough to your purpose.

Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, as well as a Holocaust survivor. In his bestselling book, Man’s Search for Meaning, he points out, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”You can choose your own way!

I highly recommend reading his book. It is one that helped give me strength when the going got tough with cancer while still employed under stressful conditions. (Lessons learned. I am now doing work I love - helping others succeed in their careers by following their calling.)

To be involved in a career that doesn’t bring you satisfaction is such a waste of untapped talent. You may not get that you are talented, but we all have talents to be developed and shared. These are our strengths and engaging in them gets us closer to our happiness and peace of mind.

The authentic self knows when it is doing work that is fulfilling. When engaged in work that is inspiring and motivating, your life takes on a brighter light.

Here are some questions to ponder regarding your right work

Do you spend more time wishing you were doing something else rather than the work you are doing? Change your perspective and feelings about your work. Unless you do, you will more than likely attract the same kind of environment and working conditions wherever you go. Like attracts like.

Notice what it is you complain about, get upset over, or frustrated. How much time is this eating away at you and your time? These complaints are signs for change. You aren’t meant to be miserable. There is something within wanting to be heard and acted upon that has to do with your transformation.

Hearing the call and figuring out what it is trying to get through to you can be facilitated with coaching. Coaching helps to untangle thevarious facets in making a career shift. In the “coaching relationship” there is a confidential space to explore various possibilities based on your interests and values, gain clarity and develop a plan of action with manageable steps. Many coaches offer complimentary consultations.

Are you living life backwards by looking outside yourself for the answers? When you look outside yourself to give you want you want without paying attention to what you are born to do next, is putting the cart before the horse. Take time to reflect and ask yourself what you want and why you want it. What difference will it make to you and the difference you want to make?

What kind of shift are you now wanting? Focus on what it is you do want. Stop focusing on what you don’t want. By focusing on what it is you don’t want you are feeding it more energy and attracting more of the same. Learn to be an attractor of what you do want. What you focus on expands.

In the midst of daily life there are a myriad of attention grabbers screaming to be handled. They scream so loud we can’t hear ourselves beyond the noiseOverwhelm can be an enemy that robs each of us from getting to know the best friend we could have – ourselves. We become robotic reacting to life, rather than being in the journey of our dreams. Take time to daydream. Make notes on what comes up. This is part of your discovery and research.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”—George Bernard Shaw


Theresa-Maria (“TM”) Napa – of Right Track Coaching - is dedicated to helping professionals and executives increase their winning percentage while taking fewer steps and producing better results. Her career has included positions as executive assistant, vice president of operations, director of marketing & administration, and business owner with substantial experience in leadership, marketing, client development, and execut...

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