In my career development business, Inner Architect, we train job seekers how to create proactive employment campaigns with a blog as a hub for delivering one’s value and expertise. I love to encourage participants that your blog is a vehicle to become what you want to be known for:
- In the process of researching, you step into your expertise.
- By publishing articles, you show up for who you want to become.
Whether you are already a blogger, or thinking about becoming one, consider what your blog can do for you:
- Provide you with the opportunity to grow into what you want to become. If you are just beginning to blog, you have a clean writing slate to work with. See this as an opportunity to build your expertise, and consequently, what you are known for, in the direction you want to go. Don’t feel limited to write articles about where you’ve been and what you now know. Give yourself the freedom to move in whatever direction you want by writing articles that showcase your knowledge or expertise in that subject. There is great wisdom behind the statement “fake it until you make it.”
- Give your writing voice credibility. Allow yourself to write with the same level of confidence and authority that you have demonstrated throughout your professional career. Focus on the value of your expertise and don’t worry about who might poke holes in what you have to say.
- Think of yourself as a problem solver. Offer solutions, how-to’s and tips for addressing a specific need, issue or problem.
Remember, we’ve all been given unique gifts, talents and skills. You serve yourself and those around you best when you share what is uniquely yours to give.
I had an experience yesterday while strolling the streets of a very affluent town that has lingered with me. Tucked away in this community that has been home to Hollywood celebrities and rock and roll stars is one of the finest private college preparatory schools in the country. With tuition at $31,315, this is an environment where great care is exercised to help students to fully realize their potential.
Standing atop a large rock in the midst of a meticulously landscaped flower garden, I felt surrounded by an energy of excited hope. It was Sunday, yet a well-equipped gym kept a trail of students coming and going. To my surprise, I felt my heart pang. I found myself wondering what my life would have been like if I had been similarly prepared.
I was raised in a working class European family with old country values. As the only daughter in the middle of two brothers, I was handed down the inspiration to get married and have children. College was neither encouraged or discouraged. I’ve since discovered that guidance for life ahead was a rare commodity among many in my generation. Get a degree and find a good job is about as deep as it got.
I don’t think times have changed too much. With a ratio of hundreds of students per career counselor in public schools today, there’s not a lot of personal attention going around to help students discover what they want to do with their lives. It astounds me that we remain a culture that places so little emphasis on preparing its individuals to live fulfilling, rich lives. All too often without that supportive guidance early on, we end up in mid-life feeling the clock ticking away the time we have left to create a legacy we can feel good about.
There is some good news to all of this:
- It is never too late to realize your potential.
- Some of us work better under pressure anyway.
“The only lack is the fear of lack in the mind of man.”
—Charles Fillmore, Co-Founder of Unity
I am grateful for having been introduced to the spiritual laws of prosperity for they have shown me a very different way to view money. These views helped me to release my fears that kept me clinging to a job that no longer fit.
It is possible to let go of the security of a paycheck and not live in a constant state of fear. Stay tuned to my continuing video series, Becoming an Inner Architect, and you’ll be shown how.
View Part 1 of the video series
View Part 2 of the video series
You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die or when. You only get to choose how you’re going to live. —Joan Baez
One of the most difficult ideas for many of us to accept is how much choice we have in our lives. Yet an awareness of choice is so important because choice is the precursor to change.
So many times I hear people share how stuck they feel in jobs that no longer fit. I’ve been there myself. Yet there really is no such thing as being stuck because we always have choices.
If you are in a job that no longer fits, it’s time to focus on your options and make a choice:
Option #1: Stay in the status quo. Take no action and feel no differently.
Option #2: Make an adjustment somewhere in an effort to influence positive change
Option #3: Let go of your job and find something that fits you better.
Give yourself freedom to choose the option that best supports what you want to experience. Don’t limit your choices to the option that seems easiest. Remember, you are in control.
This video #2 in my series, Becoming an Inner Architect, supports the idea of choice and the options now in front of you. I elaborate more on these concepts in my upcoming book, Inner Architect: How to Build the Life You Were Designed to Live. For details on how to get a free copy of the first chapter and enter our Apprentice Contest, click here.