192: There’s no right decision about what’s next in your career


Welcome to episode #192 of the Own Your Best Life Podcast. I’m going to help you move forward more quickly and accurately than you believe is possible. There’s no right decision about what’s next in your career and today I’ll help you keep from getting stuck in this thinking error that keeps you waiting for the right decision to fall into your lap.

Most professionals believe that there’s a right decision about what’s next in their career. But the belief that there is one right next move is one of the biggest myths about job and career changes.

It makes sense why you might think there is one way to do this right.

You think about all the messages you received from well-intentioned parents or mentors and remember how certain they were about what was the right type of job or what you need to do to earn a living, so you naturally believe that there is a career path that is the best.

And as an achiever, you want to have the best of everything and want to succeed in everything that you do so that you have the fewest regrets.

But let me ask you. Is thinking there is one right next move helping you make progress and move into your next dream career or job?

If that were true, you wouldn’t be able to rationalize the options you’re considering so easily.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Right depends on who is making the decision.

Those that have created fulfilling careers and lives didn’t follow one easy, linear path the whole way through, without any doubters or naysayers along the way. Autobiographies and memoirs of some of the most influential thinkers and creators of our time all share one thing in common: they lived rich and varied lives that were unique to them despite what other people told them to do.

Leaders know that right/wrong thinking is a decision-making error so they plan for multiple paths for success and know that they must learn along the way. 

Your next move is your strategy, not your success. 

The greatest thinkers of our times challenged conventional thinking and ways of living. When people were interviewed on their deathbeds one of the top 5 regrets was that they wished they lived a life true to themselves, not a life others expected of me.

You could be really hurting your ability to grow as a visionary if you continue to use right/wrong thinking as your main decision-making criteria. And you risk staying on the mediocrity bus that the right/wrong perfectionist tendency creates. I call these professionals overworked leaders because they are often working so hard to be right for everyone else that they stand out not for their point of view but for being able to work to make everyone else happy and yet they’re often exhausted and secretly struggling inside.

So how do you have a fulfilling career and work/life balance without fixating on making the one right next move?

Well, you use high-performance thinking.

What does that involve?

It requires a few things and I’m going to share 2 of them with you today:

1- The first is what I like to call Inner Compass Thinking. These guiding principles will clarify your decision-making process, help you think intelligently and stay true to your own goals and desires.

The Inner Compass Thinking does this by providing you with a set of conscious and subconscious decision-making strategies that help you take the struggle out of the myriad of decisions you need to make each day, and gives you time and energy back to devote to the biggest decisions that require your attention. You stop hearing everyone else’s voices so loudly and your confidence in yourself as a leader grows.

2 – The second element is the Next Best Year:

This is the vision of your next chapter that allows you to widen your perspective so that you account for any risks and holes in your plan, today. This also creates a thoughtful, holistic view of your career shift that includes your health, relationships and financial needs.

Most achievers struggle to create a plan for themselves that is as robust as the plan they create for their clients or organizations which is why when they don’t see success in their own career shifts right away, they double down in their current work and then achieve accidental goals driven by the organization or others, not themselves.

So let me ask you, do you want to continue believing that you need to know the one right next job to create clarity in your career, where you overwork and overthink to try to be right and perfect?

Or do you want to leverage high-performance thinking to create career clarity and focus on what you need to do next to have a fulfilling career with work/life balance?

If you want to take the second route, then join me inside the Spiritual Achiever® coaching program by clicking the link here.

Join Spiritual Achiever coaching by going to https://mayempson.com/spiritualachiever. It’s risk-free. We’ll get clarity on what you want next and then figure out how to go and do it. 

We also have the next retreat coming up and it’s going to be in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. A private villa in a top ten surfing destination so we’re going to have so much fun doing some surfing and also rewiring our mind/body/souls to expand into what is next for us in our lives. You won’t want to miss it and even if you’re not in the group, you’re welcome to join. Spots will sell out though, so go to www.mayempson.com/retreat

Want to know more about what happens when you join?

  1. When you join Spiritual Achiever® Coaching you’ll be supported for a full year: Career Revelation Academy: A 5-step career change process (if you have a job you want to stay in, I’ll show you how to love it even more) that can launch you into your next career chapter in 30 days.
  2. 2x/month group training and coaching on Spirituality, Achievement, Earth Energy and Harmony. You’ll know how to design your days for breakthroughs, create a personal brand and community, lead yourself and others through change, become more physically and mentally fit, reduce stress and reinvent what’s possible in this next chapter of your life.
  3. Discover your Leadership Strengths and Branding Workshop: Increase your awareness of what makes YOU different from others and how to become even better at your genius zone.
  4. Your Best Year workshop: Create your one year plan and design this next year, no matter what time of the year it is.
  5. Your Next 5 Years one-day virtual retreat: Vision what’s possible 5 years from now and break out of your old routines so you can step into new habits, behaviors and routines.
  6. Tickets to all in-person Spiritual Achiever retreats (accommodations not included): Highly immersive and intimate gatherings where we spend time in nature, experience energy work, eat and move well – all while making big decisions and committing to what’s next for us.
  7. Monthly 1:1 Coaching Sessions: To help you break through obstacles, define your individual path, and to work on both strategy and mindset.

The next step?

Schedule a consultation to get clarity on how coaching can help you on your journey.

Once you’re accepted into the program, you’ll receive a calendar invite for a 2-hour deep dive 1:1 session to map out your personal goals and your own year-long journey.

You’ll have immediate access to the Spiritual Achiever process and philosophy – how to achieve your biggest goals and reinvent your life.

You’ll have immediate access to 5 modules of Career Revelation Academy – to love your career even more and launch that next chapter of your career in 30 days.

You’ll have the calendar invites for the upcoming group calls and retreats.

If this speaks to you, I can’t wait to talk to you live: Schedule a consultation.

Reach out at www.mayempson.com/contact for more information on my Spiritual Achiever coaching program. You’ll figure out what’s next and actually go and do it. 

If you like this blend of both practicality and mindset, you will love coaching. You can schedule a consultation to learn more about working together and joining this community of like-minded, open and curious seekers. It is the powerful group and private coaching hybrid experience for achievers who want to expand their vision of what’s possible. Twelve months of support, individualized guidance, community and retreats. We will help you build your confidence, trust your intuition and make decisions that you love.

That’s it for this week. Have an amazing one and I’ll talk to you next time.

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