Cause and effect, right? One way to tell if you're in the right career is whether or not you like your job. If you're dissatisfied with your job, it's probably a sign that you need to re-examine your whole career choice. This line of reasoning seems so logical and rational. This leads to a natural assumption is that their dissatisfaction is a symptom of a larger underlying issue - their career choice.
This is an example of false logic. Not liking your job might be telling you you're in the wrong job. It doesn't necessarily mean you're in the wrong career. It doesn't even mean you're in the wrong job. You could just be working for the wrong person or the wrong company. It takes a skillful approach to discern the source of discontent, and I think it's very hard to do it on your own. Sometimes some professional guidance can help you step back and look at this issue from a different perspective.
Career Myth #7: Everyone needs a mission statement
Do you know what your mission is? Mission statements are supposed to guide us, keep us on track, and help us move forward. But what if you don't have one? Does that mean you're destined to never fulfill your potential career-wise?
It is my belief that your mission will likely find you. Our life's purpose has always been inside of us and our frustration comes from trying to conform to missions others have assigned.
People can trust that they are already fulfilling their mission statement, even though they don't know it right away. After you shift your focus from finding your mission to living your life, an amazing opportunity may come your way.
Here's a little tip: If your mission statement is elusive, stop chasing it. Be still and let it find you. And in the meantime, keep living your life and see what happens.
Career Myth #8: Expect a career epiphany
When you see a link to "Find Your Dream Job," do you immediately click on it to see what's there? Do you look at every "Top Ten Career" list out there to see if anything catches your interest? Do you know your MBTI type? If you do, you might be falling prey to the career epiphany myth.
Wouldn't it be so convenient and refreshing to have a career epiphany that told you, in crystal-clear terms, your next step. This just doesn't happen very often. Ususally I see careers "unfoldings" or a journey of discovery much more regularly. That is, being willing to not ignore the obvious, the pokes, the prods, and listen carefully to the whisper within. For most of us, the career change epiphany is a quiet whisper.
Career Myth #9: Ignoring your career dissatisfaction will make it go away