Dear Job Seekers, ‘In every ending is a new beginning’ and every new beginning is a possibility to mobilise your courage!
Dear Job Seekers,
‘In every ending is a new beginning’ and every new beginning is a possibility to mobilise your courage!
I am sure that most of you know the well-known quote by Deborah Harkness, an American scholar and novelist: ‘In every ending is a new beginning’. Naturally it crossed my mind to add a second part to the quote by making a connection between new beginnings and courage. I believe that every new beginning comes with a choice to allow ourselves to be driven by our courage.
One of my coaching clients, in career transition, had his last working day with his current employer and got in touch with me just a few days beforehand asking for help and support as so far, he had not been able to succeed alone.
Having tried different strategies and not succeeding, he seemed to be very sceptical and fearful about a new beginning. Fearful in the way that he had started to downscale his real wishes and desires with regards to his next career move. A successful career transition for him is, among other factors, very much connected with the mindset of courage & confidence and not giving up achieving what he really wants.
So yes, dear job seekers, every beginning is a possibility to mobilise your COURAGE. There are different ways to pursue a new beginning from a courage perspective. I believe that a conventional new orientation process is still valid but can be limited by the requirements of the current working world. In order to achieve sustainable career success nowadays it is necessary to leave behind one-dimensional thinking about the way you build your further career paths.
In order to comply with the requirements and standards of the new world of work and to enable you to develop real leadership in designing your future work, I have developed the concept of the “Courage Wheel to Move Forward”.
This concept is still based on the fundamentals of professional reorientation or career transition but brings you many encouraging and creative elements. Courage and movement take over from fear and standstill. You give fear the space it needs, but do not let it limit or prevent you from moving forward.
The ”Courage Wheel to Move Forward” brings together the following four decisive dimensions in shaping your future.
Courage to embrace openness. This is where the mindset for shaping the future is formed. For this purpose, you stimulate your energy and embrace openness. This dimension is the essence and the energy tank for the whole process.
Courage to get to know the real you. This is where you figure out the essence of yourself. You clarify the knowns and the unknowns. What identity have you maintained so far? You take the courage to stand in front of the mirror and ask who you are.
Courage to create newness. Here, you consider all the knowns, discover the unknowns and draw from unutilised potential. New, visionary futures are created with creativity. Both reason and emotion come into play together.
Courage to make it happen. Now is the time to act. Newly recognised and decided is resolutely put into practice. You act upon what has been learned from successes and failures. If one method doesn't work, then you apply the next. Standstill is not an option. And as learning continues, new energy and dynamic are constantly emerging. A perpetual motion machine.
These four elements are all connected with each other in an agile way. The agile working method is based on frequent reassessment and adaptation. It allows you to retain the process and overview, but also allows you to move more dynamically, e.g. to take one or a few steps forward or backward, to repeat, to reassess, redefine and to adjust accordingly as you move forward. The moving arrows in the outer circle of the wheel represent this dynamic. It is not about a rigid one-way process.
With the ‘learning, unlearning, relearning’ inner circle of the process the emphasis is on continued lifelong learning. The learning cycle idea comes from the American businessman and futurist Alvin Toffler, who once said: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.“ Lifelong learning is more than ever essential in today’s world of world, not only to remain competitive and employable, but also to achieve personal development and ultimately self-fulfilment.
If you are struggling to design your career path in a sustainable way, are in a career transition phase, or simply want to do a situation analysis in a holistic and creative way, then let’s talk and find out how “The Courage Wheel to Move Forward” can help you further. Contact me