What Lights Your Fire?

When approaching career transitions, we tend to apply for jobs that match our work experience. And while these default options may involve doing something we are “good” at, they do not always tap into our true strengths. We are often influenced by the advice the world gives us (e.g., get X degree/certification, find a job in X career field, find a job that pays X figures, work full time, take the promotion, take a second job, start a side hustle, retire early, don’t retire). So, we submit our resume for job openings we think we “should” apply for. Unfortunately, this approach can produce disappointing results – feeling miserable or job hopping. Panelists at one job fair said it took people NINE jobs before finding one they could tolerate. Yikes!

The good news is there is a better way to approach career transitions. Career transition coaching helps people step back, reflect, and go deeper to discover what “lights their fire.” Once identified, their eyes light up. They come alive. And sometimes the answer lies outside of their primary job, or differs from what they initially thought to pursue next.

The coaching process often reminds me of the following scripture: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2). God made us all unique in how we can leverage our talents to serve His Kingdom. There is nothing I love more than encouraging my clients to find and capitalize on meaningful, fulfilling opportunities that they otherwise may have never considered