Do Nothing This New Year …

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ThinkstockPhotos-480776731If you think the “New Year, New You” tag line has been over used this year with ads, emails and promotions prompting you to lose weight, find love or get a job, you are not alone. Nothing like jumping into the New Year with a list of “to-do’s” before you even have strength to make a cup of morning coffee! Pressure aside, what do you want to see happen this year with your job search or in your career?

Without creating more work, how about sitting with that coffee and think about your job this past year, what you liked about it, what you hated and are you where you want to be in general? It’s okay if you are drawing a blank stare as you emerge from the holiday haze. You are not supposed to have all the answers or even some of the answers. All you should be doing at this point is well, nothing.

When it comes to your job and your career sometimes doing nothing is actually doing something. Being in “action” mode all the time makes you tired and the feeling of being overwhelmed sets in. That is not the right headspace to be in if you are trying to figure out your career. You need to give yourself some space and time to reflect and to really figure out what it is you want. There is no better time to do this post the holiday madness and before the New Year work crazies set in.

Here are 3 quick “tips” to help you restart and rethink about your career, your job search and what you’d like to accomplish in the New Year:

  1. Do Nothing: Turn off all media devices and remove any distractions including your loving pet and sit alone for a while. Doing nothing means that, NOTHING. This might be a hard task for some people but sitting still and clearing your mind of any “noise” imaginary or otherwise will help you remain focused. Getting quiet is really all you need to do in order to prepare yourself for what will come next. Ask the guests to leave, have someone take the kids out or walk the dog.   When you are truly alone and you can clear your surroundings of any distraction and allow the silence to “speak” to you, suddenly you are in a calm space to actually get clear on what it is you may actually want to happen this year with your career.
  2. Ask A Question, Wait, & Listen For The Answer: Sometimes talking to yourself is not such a bad idea. Believe it or not, you probably have the answer you are looking for and no one really knows you better than you know yourself! When you finally get quiet and are able to reflect on your job, your life and what it is that will truly make you happy you are ready to ask the all important question, “Does my work bring me joy?” Listen for the answer and don’t let whatever comes to you surprise or concern you. When you truly listen to yourself, miraculous help will appear to guide you to making a career choice that is best for you.
  3. Now You Can Move: When you have received direction on what makes you happy about what you do next, then you have made an informed observation of where you are and of course what you want from your next career move that will make you happy in your work.

Sometimes the best advice you can give yourself is to do nothing, think about what you want and let events unfold, as they will to take you to your next job journey.

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