I came to Melanie expecting standard career guidance, such as help with resumes or interviews, but instead found her insight and wisdom led me to rethink my path.
I was not truly happy with the direction I was heading, but it was Melanie’s patient, skillful questioning that turned my life around. Her kind and thoughtful guidance has changed so much for me.
I can say that I truly love what I am pursuing, and I’m not sure I could have arrived there with anyone else. I am truly grateful to have met someone as tuned in to the community and to her clients as Melanie is.
- Have you been working very hard to complete the training for your new career? Now you’re ready to step into the business world as an entrepreneur. But … oh my, you’re like a deer frozen in the headlights of an oncoming train. You just can’t seem to start doing what needs doing. Maybe you should get some more training, or another degree … then you’ll be ready.
- Or maybe you’ve been a working professional for several years now. You’ve established a good career doing what you loved, and you’ve been well-paid for it. But something’s not quite right anymore. You can’t see yourself doing the same thing in five or ten years. The clock is ticking, and you have zero ideas about how to begin moving in a new direction. And it is stressing.you.out.
- You’ve tried so many different jobs you can’t even remember them all! You’ve been searching for your right, best place in this world for a very long time. And you just don’t understand what’s wrong, why you can’t just find your “It” thing and stick to it, for heaven’s sakes.
- You’re the one who’s been secretly holding onto a big dream for a very long time. You’ve taken workshops, and trainings. You’ve maybe even tried to do a few things.But you say to yourself, over and over again, “I can’t. I don’t have enough [fill in the blank]. Maybe when [fill in the blank].”
- You either can’t let yourself even dream the dream, or … as soon as you get close to making a commitment to really go for it, you back away, or go sideways, or somehow end up down yet another rabbit hole that takes forever to climb out of.
- You know what you want. You’ve gotten the education. And you’ve been trying like a crazy person to manifest that perfect job like … forever. But something is holding you back. It isn’t about the education, or training, or not having a clue about your career. For you, there’s something else going on. And you have no idea what it is.
- You’re not a quitter — you know how to get things done. You’ve already dealt with some pretty hard stuff in your life. But you need to make some changes in your career, and lately, the things you’ve relied on in the past to get you through aren’t working anymore. You just can’t seem to power through it on your own this time.
Three Key Elements
In working with so many people over the years, I’ve found there are three keys to unlocking the treasure chest to your best career fit.
- Self-Awareness of Core Beliefs
Awareness of what you’ve been telling yourself about what is and isn’t possible, what’s been happening (or not), what you deserve (or not), opens the door onto the gorgeous landscape of what’s actually possible.
And since they’re sub-conscious, it can save years of misguided effort when you work with a psychologist-trained career coach who knows how to access these hidden thoughts and beliefs.
- Mindful Curiosity
Curiosity, innovative ideas and creative magic are powerful tools for successful career change.
Everyone has the ability to live from a narrative that fits who you truly are, rather than the tired, old worn-out story handed to you by family, culture, and early (sometimes painful or traumatic) experiences.
- Creative Action
Creative action taken with conscious awareness of what’s possible — and what’s true for you — is the path forward. ‘Cause when all the cows have come home, success or failure is about the action you take on behalf of your own sweet self and your sacred longings and desires.
What It Takes
Successful career expansion is built on the foundation of an integrated program that weaves together:
- emotional health and well-being,
- along with solid creative action strategies.
And it needs to be guided by a highly-trained, seasoned professional — this is complex stuff that needs gentle, safe tending.
When these pieces are in place, a career change that can feel utterly overwhelming on your own can become an exciting time of blowing that too-tiny box wide open, and achieving remarkable progress.
Is This You?
This approach works well if you:
- understand that everything is “figurable-outable,” but sometimes you need some help figuring it out;
- are willing to use your curiosity and creativity to do things a little bit differently;
- accept that, sometimes, the most important investment you can make is yourself;
- want your work in the world to come a foundation of happiness and joy and abundance, rather than struggle and loneliness and fear.