Navigating Your Career

Achieving the Impossible

March 31, 2021 Melissa Lawrence Season 1 Episode 27
Navigating Your Career
Achieving the Impossible
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Navigating Your Career
Achieving the Impossible
Mar 31, 2021 Season 1 Episode 27
Melissa Lawrence

We sometimes want something more for ourselves, but it can seem impossible. You may look at other people's lives, achievements, and wonder if there is something more for you. Maybe you have a nagging feeling there is something more but you're trying to convince yourself what you have is enough.  You may feel like you're going a little crazy and you're the problem.

Tune in to hear Melissa's approach for achieving the impossible.

If you have an impossible goal, or think you want something different, this episode is for you.

Learn:
The one thing I did to achieve the impossible
How to know if your goal is impossible or realistic
How to achieve something you don't think you can

Learn more about Melissa at www.melissamlawrence.com

The Career Passion Project, a group coaching program for professionals in pharma/biotech is enrolling now until April 9th.  Learn more and apply at www.careerpassionproject.com

Show Notes Transcript

We sometimes want something more for ourselves, but it can seem impossible. You may look at other people's lives, achievements, and wonder if there is something more for you. Maybe you have a nagging feeling there is something more but you're trying to convince yourself what you have is enough.  You may feel like you're going a little crazy and you're the problem.

Tune in to hear Melissa's approach for achieving the impossible.

If you have an impossible goal, or think you want something different, this episode is for you.

Learn:
The one thing I did to achieve the impossible
How to know if your goal is impossible or realistic
How to achieve something you don't think you can

Learn more about Melissa at www.melissamlawrence.com

The Career Passion Project, a group coaching program for professionals in pharma/biotech is enrolling now until April 9th.  Learn more and apply at www.careerpassionproject.com

Navigating Your Career

Ep: 27

 

Hello! Welcome to this week’s episode of the podcast!

By the time you are listening to this the applications for the Career Passion Project are open!

I’m so excited to welcome you into this group coaching program.

 

This program is for professionals in pharma/biotech who are ready to discover their ideal career and advance through personal development.

 

What does that mean?

It means we are going to map your career to who you are not just what you’re qualified to do. We are going to uncover your beliefs about yourself that are holding you back, because I’m sure there are at least a few hanging around you could work through.

We are also going to learn how to build relationships and communicate in a way that helps you make any goal a reality.

 

I am teaching you my best tools and methods for advancing in your career.

100% of my clients exceed their goals and so I took the best of the best and simplified, made it better than ever and put it into this program.

 

Applications are open now until April 9th. The program starts May 25th.

If you are ready to stop settling and really see what is possible for you, I encourage you hto head over to www.careerpassionproject.com and apply.

 

I will put a link in the show notes.

 

Ok so today we are going to talk achieving the impossible.

 

I was meeting with one of my clients and we were going through an exercise related to the career mapping process I use to discover your ideal career.

 

This client is a little resistant to these questions because they are hard.

Not hard in the sense that they are difficult.

More like you’re not used to thinking this way.

 

We get really used to living within a certain container. If you imagine a box and you’re say 5 feet in each direction.  I’m sure it’s a bigger than that but it is going to give you the visual (haha).

 

This is where we all usually live.

 

It applies to everything!

 

When I get up in the morning to exercise, I’m fortunate to have a small gym in our basement and so I think about what I want to do.  Do I want to go on the treadmill, the peloton, do a strength workout or dance?  Those are my options.

 

But they really aren’t.  My options could also be to do yoga, go outside, skip down the sidewalk, right? There are a lot of things I could do, but my default goes to my routine.

 

Same with work.

You think about what you would do in your career and you go to what is the next level above you, what you see others do, what other companies in your industry offer, what is on the org chart….

 

You may take it deeper to say what you are qualified to do with your education and experience.

 

But just like my morning exercise routine, you don’t think about what is possible.

 

About achieving what your brain thinks is impossible.

 

So when I asked my client what she would do if money, time, resources, location were not an issue.

 

She put her head in her hands.

 

This is a hard question to answer.

 

What is possible?

 

What she names is an executive, chief role for a mid-size company.

 

This had never come up before.

 

We explored it.  What this would look like, what her day would look like, who would be there, the problems she would be solving.

 

Then your brain will go to it’s default.

 

We cracked open the world of possibility. I got her to think about something other than the routine, what was available in her box.

 

But then, that default came in. The part of your brain that wants to keep you safe and be efficient, that doesn’t want to expend energy.

 

She started questioning the logistics.

 

How would this happen?

 

Is she really qualified?

 

Could she even do this?

 

Is this…..dream killer word….ready for it? Realistic?!

 

Her brain was shutting the door on thinking of possibility.

 

I cracked it back open again through our coaching.

 

We keep it open long enough to explore it and see how it really plays into the bigger map we are creating for your ideal career path.

 

This is the magic in coaching.

 

This is why my clients exceed their goals and live differently than they could without it, because you need someone who can open your brain to those possibilities before you shut them.

 

When you think about achieving the impossible, I’m guessing you have something you dream about that your brain is telling you may not be possible, or isn’t possible at all.

 

It would be too hard, too much money, too much of an inconvenience, too something or maybe not enough of something.

 

A lot of people tell me how I achieved the impossible.

 

I was told this week that I’m an inspiration. This person said I had such a bright future in corporate America and was so successful, then I left it to pursue my passion and how amazing that is.  She asked if it was hard.

 

That’s such an interesting question.

 

It wasn’t hard once I knew this was where I was supposed to be.

 

It was hard being in turmoil about it.

 

That space you may be in where you know you want something else but aren’t sure if you can do it or maybe even exactly what it is.

 

When you are doing something day in and day out that drains you and doesn’t fuel you the way you know you are capable of feeling.

 

When you have big plans and things you want to do, an impact you want to have, a talent or skill you want to use and you’re being stifled.

 

I know what that is like.

 

It’s like being in that box.  That box of 5 by 5 by 5 by 5.

 

It can be suffocating.

 

That in between.

 

That settling and trying to convince myself what I had was good enough that was the hard work.

 

Once I decided to take action, to figure out how to keep my door open to possibility, it got easier.

 

Then I hired my first coach to make sure that door stayed open.

 

I knew enough what I wanted and how to get there but I also know, being a coach and an expert in this that I could sabotage myself or not see what was really possible.

 

So I hired someone to make sure I followed through with what I wanted.

 

Then it was set in motion. Once I was ready to go all in and have that conversation with my boss, it was the most freeing feeling I can imagine.

 

I was at peace.

 

I knew I had made the right decision, even though it was a little scary.

 

And when I did that, I grew into a possibility greater than I had imagined.

 

My clients get in their words, mind-blowing results.

 

I help so many people.

 

I’m doing what brings me joy.

 

I think about the ripple effect that my work has on my client’s lives.

 

The same way it has had a ripple effect in my life.

 

My client’s are doing things they didn’t even know they loved or that they never had time for before. They are more present with their children and partners, imagine how better their lives are and their marriages because of this.

 

They are doing more at work and in higher demand, some having to push recruiters away with multiple offers.

 

They are thinking about what else they could do now that they are happy in their career and not stressed and burnt out anymore.

 

Think of the health benefits of no longer having the effects of long-term stress or distracting yourself with alcohol, food, or the impact on your bank account if shopping is your way to get away.

 

Think of how the people around them will be impacted by that.

 

They will see a different possibility for them.

 

It just gives me chills to think about.

 

This is my work.  I am so humbled and honored by it.

 

This is what is possible for you too.

 

Just like me, like my clients, you achieve the impossible, when you decide to be open to what is possible.

 

You have to be open to exploring yourself to really achieve what you think is impossible right now.

 

Open to exploring the options, the ways you can get there, if “there” is really your impossible. Maybe there is even more for you than you think is possible.

 

What do you need to think about yourself to be open to looking outside of that box?

 

How can you stretch your thinking to go beyond what your default thinking is to really thinking about what is possible for you?

 

Whatever you want is available to you.

 

You may not see it.

 

It may seem like where you are is all there is but if you’re listening to this it’s because you know on some level that isn’t true.

That is all for this week’s episode.

 

If you listened to this and thought, this is the work you need to do and you want me as your guide, come join me in the Career Passion Project.

 

Go to www.careerpassionproject.com to learn more.

 

Have an amazing week.