Changing Your Inner Game
We’ve managed to put the theory of our innovative design workshop into practice for those who were unable to attend but experience the same pain points. Here are the key takeaways from our first workshop.
- Get to Know Yourself and Others Around you
Once you are grounded in the knowledge of who you truly are, many doors and opportunities that you didn’t know existed will open up. Dubai-based business coach, Tricia Evans calls this the Personal Branding process. This process shows us that as multi-faceted diamonds, we have the power to use these facets of who we are to our advantage. When we do not channel the power of our full potential, then there is a disconnect, which at some point translates into us giving up on our goals.
One of the best ways to get to know yourself is to take personality tests such as The Myers & Brigg test, DiSC profiling and even Talent Dynamics tests by Roger Hamilton. They will certainly help you find out what your strengths and weaknesses so that you will not only get to know who you are, but also what kind of opportunities to pursue in line with your personality.
You should also strive to get to know others around you. When we begin to understand others’ personalities and their strengths and weaknesses, then it becomes easier to work together as a team to achieve a common vision. More often than not, tensions arise when people can’t work together because of the friction that they face.
- Change Your Mindset
The ‘perceived’ problem with being in a job for 10-20 years is that it becomes increasingly hard to make the shift to a new industry, let alone a new career!
The only way to combat such external obstacles is to really start to see what obstacles lie within you. Perhaps there is a limiting belief that you are holding onto that no matter how much you’ve tried your best on the outside, nothing seems to shift. Or perhaps there are a gazillion number of blindspots that don’t allow you to move further towards your dream.
Here’s an exercise. Write something that you’d like to pursue (Example: I want to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 Firm). Once you’ve done this, put the pen down, take a deep breath in and as you breathe out, see what arises in your thoughts. As the thoughts begin to flow, pick up the pen and write them out long hand. Do not judge the thoughts as they arise. Then once you’ve done the exercise, look at what thoughts arose. Most likely limiting beliefs similar to, “I’m not worth it,” “I’m just a woman,” “I’m too old” popped up.
Once you’re aware what your limiting beliefs are, you can start to do away with them. Hire a coach. Try EFT (tapping technique) or NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) or even m-Braining, whichever works for you.
- Try again – failure is only a stepping stone
If you find that the dream job and the hobby you wanted to pursue full time didn’t pan out, there is no shame about returning to the full-time job that you’re familiar with. This is what one of our speakers who has used New Shifts platform successfully, Marc Holland, did. He’d had enough of the full-time job which he felt was not satisfying him and he thought about testing the waters of career transition by pursuing his passion for football. He decided to become a football coach but was soon to discover it was not his ideal career. He was happy to move back into the corporate world, this time with much more experience and a sense of focus as to what he’d like to pursue. He is now happy in his role as a consumer channel commercial marketing executive.
Without sounding cliché, inventor Thomas Edison said of his invention of the lightbulb, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” We invite you not to give up either.
Keep reading on and find out how to change your outer game in the next in our series of Design Thinking blogs articles.
If you’re interested in taking part in our next workshop, please contact us now to register your interest and you’ll be the first to know about the next upcoming dates.