Decisiveness about Career Change

I’ve struggled with decisiveness in my life. As a Perceiver (Myers-Briggs/Kiersey type), I can see the pros of multiple points of view and am hesistant to commit to any course of action. I can also see cons very easily. And the more important the decision, the more I analyze and struggle. My career choices have been no exception.

A book I read recently that helped me a great deal is called Overcoming Indecisiveness. The biggest nugget I took away from this book is that very few options in a situation are truly bad. And the decision itself is NOT the most important part of the process.

Stop for just a second. Do you see how radical that idea is? The decision itself is NOT the most important part of the process? What path you choose is not the key? This really conflicts with what you might hear on a daily basis. We’re taught to analyze, break it down, get focus groups together, pray, meditate…all of this, and the decision itself is not the most important factor?

As it turns out, according to Rubin, the key element in a decision is how you support the decision. What truly matters is what work you do and what planning you do to make sure that decision becomes the right one.

This is an amazing concept. YOU have the power to make the decision be right by supporting it. The idea is very powering to someone who fears making a wrong move. Don’t worry about the choice – focus on supporting the choice you make and get excited about where it will take you.

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Do What You Are

I work in HR, which I’ve done for ten years. I’ve found it marginally rewarding and I’ve never truly excelled at it, although I’ve generally been paid comfortably for it. I’ve felt passion for it on rare occasions but mostly it’s been frustrating. I think this is because HR is not “me.”

What IS me?

The answer has unfolded gradually over time. But one key step in my career journey was the book Do What You Are. The premise of the book is that you should do work that aligns with your character, your personality.

I am an introverted, sensing, feeling, perceiver. This means I

  • Prefer to work alone
  • Enjoy working with facts and tangible things
  • Want to help others and have my work align with my personal values
  • Dislike inflexible rules and structures
  • Prefer to avoid strict schedules

Two careers jumped out at me that aligned with my profile – chef and dietitian – because I’ve always been interested in food and nutrition.

There’s a lot I could say about the book, but in short, I highly recommend it for anyone considering a new career.

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