What if you had all you needed to open new doors for your career?
What if you already held the magic key that would lead to the next connection, the next big thing, the next opportunity to bring your superpowers to work?
What if the Beatles were right–that all you need is love?
Even to grow your career?
Okay, deep breath–let me explain.
A Love Story
Earlier this week, I led a VIP career strategy session for a woman in Chicago. Like many of my clients, she came to me because she was smart and successful, but now felt stuck as to what’s next for her career.
In preparation for our work, she’d already sorted through three options–we’ll call them A, B, and C.
- A was the “big money” option.
- B was the “safe and easy” option.
- And C, well, C was the “if only” option, as in “if only doing that made any money” and “if only that was a r-e-a-l job.”
Like many people, my client was trying hard to convince herself that A and B would be the better choices for her career and life–if only she could get excited about them.
But the only option that really got her heart thumping was option C.
And so after giving A and B their deserving strokes, we started exploring C further. We started nipping away at the assumptions and myths and fears.
We focused on what–and who–she loved.
And then the doors opened.
First, by talking about option C with the belief it could be real–not just a fantasy–she described it more honestly and precisely, rather than skimming over details or feeling embarrassed for wanting this type of opportunity.
We discovered I personally know three people who are doing what my client wants to do, and so introductions are now in motion.
Second, by thinking about who’s already in her life, she immediately thought of two people who she can ask for opportunities to move her closer to option C.
These people already care about her, the relationships are already secure, in place, and require no stretch or risk. More doors opened up.
And so the adventure starts.
Who knows where those doors will lead, but in my experience, those doors lead to more doors. And all she needed was the love of this idea, her option C, and to tap into the love she already has around her in friends, her family, and her community.
And so, happy Valentine’s Day (no matter when you read this)
So with warm memories of my client’s door-opening breakthroughs, I’ll close this little Valentine’s career story by sending you wishes full of love for your work and your life for today, tomorrow, and all through the year.
(And if our love can open a door for you, just ask–it’s our honor to serve you. )
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