Career Choices : What it takes to move from options valuation to choice making


When trying to figure out what could be the solution to a more fulfilled career, our mind tends to be prolific at providing us with a multitude of career choice possibilities. However, it often fails to provide any of those possibilities with sufficient enough clarity that we are able to make a decision. Often we are stuck with an inextricable knot of thoughts and do not get any grip on the direction we could take.

This process distracts our mental focus in ways that often leads to inertia, procrastination and/or fatigue.

In a disappointing professional environment, someone’s energy could easily be drained by the flow of thoughts about potential decisions that should be made to proactively induce a change towards more satisfaction.

However, if making choices is associated to the idea that it will be a fun and rewarding experience, the decision process is much less consuming.

The moment we manage to perform the mental switch to look at what a change could bring as a positive rather than what it would cost us to implement, the dynamic reverses and the amount of available energy increases.

You may already know the Marshmallow Challenge. It’s an exercise where teams of 4, with a time constraint of 18 minutes,  are challenged to build the highest structure. One using only 20 strands of spaghetti, a few meters of tape, some string and a marshmallow.

Do you know that the teams that get the best performance during this exercise are children from 3 to 6 years old?!

One of the reason why kids are the most successful is that they see the offered challenge as a game rather than a test. They anticipate the fun it will be to play with a new set of toys rather than focusing on the critical decisions that need to be made to obtain a success.

A key aspect to successful engagement in a change process that requires tough choice making therefore could be positive visualisation, with a focus set not only on the outcome but also on the immediate fun that the journey will generate.

The clue for getting into motion towards a more fulfilled career is therefore to combine positive visualisation  with an engaging action plan. Once done, we maximise our chances to untangle our thoughts and  finally build momentum leading to a satisfying professional life.

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