Have you ever felt like your life should be on a certain path, but instead, you find yourself navigating through a fog of uncertainty? You're not alone. Many of us have experienced this at some point in our lives, especially during significant transitions like moving abroad or changing careers.
Today, I want to share a powerful story of transformation, one that many expats and individuals seeking clarity can relate to. It's a story of doubts, fears, and ultimately, the discovery of purpose.
Meet Juliette, an ambitious leader and mother of two, who embarked on the expat journey with high hopes but found herself in a professional crisis. Juliette was in a role that wasn't a great fit but she was lacking confidence to take the next career step. She knew that developing a vision and purpose would support her, but also felt stuck with internal doubts and fears. Many of which, as she came to realise, existed well before her move abroad:
Negative Self-Talk and Self-Sabotage: Unhelpful thoughts and self-doubt had taken the front seat, sabotaging Juliette's career progress. These thoughts hindered her ability to build relationships, take action, and, perhaps most importantly, grow her self-confidence.
Fear of Failure and Inability to Deliver: This fear was twofold. On one hand, there were objective skills gaps that needed addressing. On the other, self-doubt seeped in even before they had a chance to try, leaving Juliette questioning her stamina, resolve, energy, and experience.
Fear of Commitment: Juliette noticed a pattern of easily switching roles and industries, never fully committing. This ambivalence stemmed not only from a lack of a clear vision but also from doubts about her ability to sustain commitment.
Envy: The success of close friends triggered Juliette's feelings of inadequacy. Comparison became a powerful force overshadowing her own journey.
Perhaps you can relate to some of these doubts, fears and triggers. In coaching, we delve deep into understanding these. Sometimes there are stories that we tell ourselves, that may have served us in the past and keep us safe, but are no longer serving us. As Juliette worked through these fears and doubts, we discovered an unspoken rule that she had created for herself:
I don't have the experience, or stamina, so I don't deserve to go for what I want.
This was an "Aha" moment for Juliette and we took some time to really understand it, identify how it has impacted her, and what else might be connected to it. We uncovered other beliefs, such as blaming herself for being fired in a previous role that was not a good fit. It was important to develop new stories and practices to help her catch when this old story would surface - and begin, with each new experience, to rewrite a new story.
Have you noticed that Juliette has yet to explore her purpose and vision?
The journey towards finding purpose amidst doubts involves clearing the path of these internal obstacles. For Juliette, it was then about connecting to what she most values, the personal strengths and joys that will motivate her and guide important decisions along the way. Bringing mindfulness into everyday practices also helped Juliette tune into herself - and nurture self-belief, confidence, and connection.
From this place, Juliette began to craft a vision and purpose that felt authentic and meaningful. Now, Juliette is on a path that's uniquely hers, and even though some self-doubt and comparison surfaces, the fog has lifted, revealing a landscape of meaningful opportunity.
If Juliette could overcome these doubts and find clarity, so can you. Whether you're an expat, a career changer, or someone seeking a more purposeful life, know that support is available.
Ready to Clear Doubts and Build Mindfulness Practices?
If you're ready to follow in the footsteps of Juliette by clearing doubts, conquering fears, and building mindfulness practices, but you're not quite prepared for a full coaching program, I offer a short and intensive introductory 5-pack (1:1 session every 2-3 weeks). Together, we'll unveil the obstacles that may be holding you back, creating the groundwork for you to craft your unique vision and purpose.
The Journey to Finding Purpose Amidst Doubt
Once you've successfully navigated through the challenges, and established an initial plan (remember, it will evolve as you implement it), you can make an informed decision about whether to continue our journey together. I offer this flexible approach because I understand that once you've overcome your personal obstacles and developed a meaningful plan, you'll be ready to commit and take your transformation to the next level.
As your dedicated sparring partner, I'll be right by your side, assisting you in overcoming any old habits, doubts, or fears that may resurface along the way, guiding you towards a transformation that will leave a lasting impact.
Want to know more about the Coaching Journey?
Learn about the Career Clarity coaching journey outcomes and the four key steps that you will be guided through.
Or are you ready to Begin? Reach Out for a Free Discovery Call
Interested in the introductory 5-pack? Curious if this approach aligns with your needs and aspirations? Reach out for a free discovery call, and let's embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth together.
I hope you find this helpful. Wishing you a wonderful week. As always, thank you for tuning in.
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