Here in Wisconsin, these past few October days have been amazing. It seems like there aren’t any clouds in the region, and the sky is so blue if you had great eyes you could see straight through to a circling satellite.
It reminds me of a weather update I once saw in Alaska, which said the ceiling was “limitless.”
Wouldn’t it be nice to feel that way about your career?
I do lots of the time, and I bet you do, too, like on these crisp fall mornings full of that back to school feeling.
And then the cloud cover comes in. Obviously, some of those clouds are due to the economy and current financial realities. While the economy is growing, there are still lots of people looking for work and credit remains tight, which can put a damper on anyone’s prospects.
But how many of those clouds do we summon ourselves? I bet if you take a good look at whatever is obscuring your view of the sky you’ll find some of those obstructions are personal.
The funny thing is, although these self-imposed limits are very personal, there are patterns to them, in the same way that there are patterns and types found in clouds.
Here are some types of personal cloud covers:
The Cirrus – I Can’t Change That Much – How much do you hold yourself back by denying your ability to change? The next time you envision some blue-sky future, pay close attention to what runs through your mind next. If you start telling yourself, “I won’t do that,” ask yourself why. Try to nip a negative self-fulfilling prophecy in the bud.
The Cumulus – I Can’t Eclipse :__ – Do you put limits on yourself to protect someone else, like a spouse or a parent? Maybe you had a sibling or best friend who was always “the successful one.” But they are them and that was then. You don’t do any person or any relationship any favors by holding yourself back.
The Stratus – I Don’t Deserve It – This is a big issue here, with many sources and many ramifications. Obviously, if you feel plagued by feelings of shame and self-doubt, it’s best to seek professional help. But on a less serious level, if you’re not pursuing career options and choices because you feel you’re not worthy, try taking a more reality-based approach. Compare your qualifications and experience with those in similar positions, not in a whiny “Why don’t I have that?” way, but objectively.
Taking an analytical approach to clouds doesn’t make them disappear in the real world, and it won’t make your personal clouds disappear.
But it just might help you catch another glimpse of that limitless ceiling.
by Danielle Dresden