What is stopping you from being clear and confident in making progress in your career?

It’s not easy, because the world is so complex. Simple, pre-defined career paths are rare. Most of us must create our own paths through a combination of self-awareness, strategic investment in ourselves and network building. Knowing how to do this for each unique person is an unfolding puzzle that starts with a clear view of the system you are in.

The complex world of work means we are often blind to the key obstacles in our path, or to the opportunities that are right in front of us. If you can see the whole system of your work situation, the opportunities and you, it is much easier to see your next steps, and thereby to move forward confidently.

Our usual ways of thinking bring us benefits, but also create blind spots. The well-meaning phrases we say to ourselves may not always be true. For example: “No one will pay me to do that”; “I can’t compete with others who have more experience”; “I can’t afford to go through the training required”. Is it true?

And we are also dis-empowered by the things others say to us: “You don’t have what it takes”; “You must live up to my standards”; etc. Is it true?

When you can see your career system clearly, without hidden de-motivators or distractions, your clear view creates self-confidence that keeps you in action, working towards your goals.

So how can you see your career system more clearly?

1)  You need to step back and de-personalize your role in the system. Relax enough to access your intuitive self, and then use objects or draw a mind map to represent the system. A career coach can help you stay detached and in touch.

2)  A good listener with a clear mind who can reflect back your reality without the judgmental thoughts that hide the truth can be very helpful. This is one of the main services of career coaching.

3)  Systemic Constellations is a group practice and a set of tools which provides visual representation and intuitive insight into any system. We will be applying these tools with a master practitioner at the Career Path Clarity Workshop.

Angela Spaxman
Angela Spaxman
Career and Leadership Coach , Loving Your Work

Angela Spaxman is one of Hong Kong’s leading experts in professional coaching. She is a highly effective and experienced executive coach, career coach, corporate facilitator and trainer. Angela’s leadership experiences, her decades of personal development, her well-grounded confidence and her natural curiosity give her great insight into how to manage, motivate and lead people to be at their best.