butterflyMost of the men and women whom I work with are struggling to understand which part of their work/life needs some tinkering in order to flow towards their realized, or sometimes unrealized, vision. The gold lies in the three gifts that I can help them uncover: clarity, influence and fortune. But the road to attain these elusive gifts can be painful and confusing. Here are some tips from some of my favorite confidants on how to unearth your next career act:

1) Expect the unexpected. Career Coach Shari Sambursky of Career-Esteem offers this wise advice to people on a vision quest: “Signs from the universe are all around you, they may come in the form of the promotion you were hoping for that didn’t come through, or doors being closed to opportunity to advance in your current job. While these may seem like grave disappointments, they may, in fact, be the blessing in disguise guiding you toward your purpose. The key is to recognize the signs, the nudges, and act on them. Acknowledging there is a deeper purpose for you and recognizing the excuses you are making around staying where you are is the first step.”

2) Make visioning a daily habit. And look for your calling for this particular stage of your life: Before a former client, Chef Teri set about finding her deeper purpose, she was working in the marketing department at Nike. It took her a while to get into the habit of vision crafting, but in the end she saw a clear picture of where she really wanted to be in her life, a self-employed caterer:

“It wasn’t so much an `aha’ moment–the decision to trade my glamorous, high salaried, secure job for hours of working on my feet, the aching back and the calloused hands that are an everyday part of food service. It happened in baby steps. First it was the burnout. I wasn’t doing what I was meant to be doing at that time in my life because I was no longer good at it, no longer loved it, and had no energy for it. My identity had been based on my career in footwear for my entire adult life, but it had become toxic for me. My plan was to make a career change. It was the loved ones who know me best that convinced me it was time to pursue my outlandish dream to cook for people. Once I started doing that, the world opened up. I was creative in ways I never dreamt. Of course success followed, and more dreams took shape. I found myself again. For me, it’s always about finding my calling for the stage of life that I’m in. I can’t wait for the next one.”

3) Use pain as your motivator. Organizing Expert Suzie Sandoval of OrganiZEN sheds light on the value of pain for those engaged in visioning: “So many people are thirsting for their passion and purpose in life but don’t believe, make time or value this innate ability that exists within us all. Most often the path to find this deeply seeded passion that fulfills you requires putting on your warrior hat and taking a discerning look at your pains in life because when you connect with your pains, your Soul Spirit evolves. You learn more about who you are, why you are the way you are, and it provides the opportunity to invite gentleness and compassion into your life.” She goes on to say how gentleness and compassion can lead you to teach, share and connect more intimately with others. When you share your pain, you unburden yourself and draw friends, family and colleagues into a sphere in influence where gratitude, peace and bliss reside.

***Tell us your story about how you have unearthed your next career act and if these tips were familiar to you. And be sure to check out our “School’s Out for Summer” Leadership Academy Sale going on this month: 3 online classes for just $50.00. All classes will be closed for the year on July 4th. So get them now before they are gone!