Toughen Up! It’s YOUR Career

4 12 2012

Guest post by Deborah Brown-Volkman

Are you facing a challenge in your career that seems insurmountable? Are you unsure how to handle it? Do you wish that overcoming your challenge was easier?

No one really wants things to be tough. Yes, we may know deep down that tough makes us stronger, but when we are going through a situation ourselves, easy is the choice we would make if we could.

Every career challenge is tough in the beginning.

expertWhat is your current challenge? Have you known for a long time that you should be doing something else in your career, but you have been afraid to do anything about it? Or, has something happened that has changed the way you view yourself, and you are afraid of what the new you will look like, so you’ve stopped looking? Or, do you wish that things in your career would go back to the way they were, and this wish is keeping you from moving forward or making progress?

Many people I speak to are struggling in their career and my heart goes out to them. I know they want more and want things to be different. Is there a magic pill that will save them? No. Is there a way out? Yes. It’s called hard work. But hard work is called hard for a reason. It means career transformation is not going to be easy. The good news is hard work will provide real results.

The difficult part is getting started. And once you start, you get to your goal by putting one foot in front of the other.

So How Do You Begin? Follow These 4 Steps Below:

1.  Expect to Be Uncomfortable

If you expect to be uncomfortable then you won’t be surprised when you are. And, you won’t resist it. Most times, the biggest challenge in our career is not what has happened (or is happening) but our reaction to it. How are you handling yours?

What’s wrong with being uncomfortable? Discomfort means you are being challenged and are growing. Growth is a good thing in the end, even if it hurts a bit in the beginning.

2. Embrace Your Challenge

Challenges in your career are there for a reason. The pain your challenge produces tells you that something is not working. Maybe there has been a situation that you have been avoiding, but now you can no longer avoid it. That’s a good thing. What you avoid only gets bigger. Facing what needs to be faced will bring you relief and freedom. Running will not.

Challenges give you resilience and help you become a better person. Although challenges are not fun while you are having them, the other side of your challenge is a brand new confident you. Don’t be afraid of this person. It’s who you are supposed to become.

3. Be Open

Are you attached to what happens next? Then, your journey will be harder for you. Remember that there is your plan, and then the plan that’s supposed to take place. We all would like to control the outcome. It makes us feel like we have a say. Sometimes, it’s not up to you. Let go of the ending. Maybe the outcome will surprise you. Whatever happens, trust that you will be in a better place and that good things are around the corner waiting for you.

4. Remember That Things Get Easier Over Time

What knocks you off your feet in the beginning becomes more manageable as you go through the process. Day by day, what seems overwhelming becomes less demanding and hectic over time. Get ready to find a new groove and a new routine. At times, you may not completely know where you are going, but if you move forward, the future won’t seem so scary anymore.

Slow and steady wins the race. You goal is to keep going, knowing that good things will come your way because you did. Good luck!

About the author: Deborah Brown-Volkman is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and the President of Surpass Your Dreams, a global career and life coaching company that has been delivering a message of motivation, success, and personal fulfillment since 1998. Her company offers customized and results-oriented Career Coaching programs for those who want a new job, new career, or a new way to flourish in today’s hectic workplace.

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6 12 2012
The Web’s Best Career Advice – Weekly Roundup v.2 « Campus To Career

[...] Toughen up.  That’s the advice given in this week’s guest post by Deborah Brown-Volker.  Everything is challenging at the beginning. [...]

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