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[MMM] The Two Habits That May Be Hurting or Helping Your Career

Happy Monday Morning,

 

We all have habits in our life. Olympic athletes have Olympic habits, while others with similar talent struggle. Our good habits such as a strong work ethic, regular exercise & consistency in our activity, help support the kind of career & life we want. Our poor habits interfere with these desires.

 

We can all relate to the challenge of changing habits in our lives. I heard a great quote, “The key to achieving our goals is to align our habits with our desires.” Do your career habits support your career desires?

 

Jenifer Fox M. Ed. is a Harvard grad and author of Your Child’s Strengths – How to discover them, develop them and use them. She shares 2 significant habits that can limit your career potential.

 

The word “habit” originated in the 14th century, describing a customary practice that comes from both inner & outer states of being. I love that definition, our habits are a result of internal beliefs that affect outward actions. Interestingly, “drug habit” arose in our culture in the late 1900s.

 

What are the 2 career-limiting habits that Jenifer shared?

 

1. The weakness habit – I have discovered many clients before starting in our Career Identity Program have a much clearer picture of their weaknesses, then their strengths. Jenifer shared, “A majority of the energy in the school system and workplace has emphasized working on your weaknesses.”

 

2. The strengths assumption – Your strengths are evident to those around you. Others assume that you know your strengths well. I have found, in many cases, we can be blinded by self-bias, both positively and negatively. Only 20% of professionals have a clear & accurate perspective of their strengths. Jenifer stated, “Disabled concepts can create disabled perspectives.”

 

Whether you are 25 or 45, it is never too soon to figure this stuff out. It is not as challenging as you think to change your “career” habits, especially with a clear goal. We take a human, modern, Canadian approach that delivers results for our clients.

 

The real benefit as Jenifer shared, “Meaningful lives are filled with meaningful work. The journey to fulfillment begins with introspection, risk-taking and, most of all, self-knowledge translated into good habits.”

 

Want to improve your career situation this week, start with your habits.

 

Create one small step for your career & one giant step towards a better future.

 

Along the road with you!

 

Alan

 

P.S. Looking to find out your strengths? Get started through our Career Identity Program. Reach out to Cynthia Hannigan-Thaw at 1-877-256-2569 ext 4 or cynthia.hannigan-thaw@careerjoy.com to get started.

 

P.P.S. Find the right career that fits all your needs, interests and passions. Join our next CareerClass Webinar to learn how to identify which type of transition or pivot will help you meet your career goals. Register to save your space for February 12 at 12 pm eastern time.