Is It Finally Time For A Professional Make-Over?

What Kind of Make-over Do You Need?

Is It Finally Time For A Professional Make-Over?

It’s easy to try a new hairstyle, experiment with a different shade of make-up or revamp part of our wardrobe. It’s a little more difficult to completely change an appearance by losing considerable weight or with some botox at the skilled hands of a wonderful plastic surgeon, but it can be overwhelming to face a professional make-over and yet that is exactly what we sometimes need to soar beyond our current status and start to really make some professional strides.

How do you know it’s time for a professional make-over?Here are 5 Ways to know it’s time for major professional revamping.

    • It’s time when you don’t feel what you are doing is making a productive difference in your life or in the lives of anyone else.
    • It’s time when you fell stagnant and have lost the direction you once had.
    • It’s time when you feel out of touch with current industry trends and needs and can’t seem to find a purpose for your contribution in society.
    • It’s time when you feel you have lost your passion, joy or interest in what you do.
    • It’s time when you are just going through the motions to earn a living and your job is just a vehicle to get you there.

It really has little to do with your actual job and more to do with your perception about what you have to offer and where you are headed with your talents. People can be quite satisfied with a very menial position if it meets their needs and they are able to feel a sense of purposeful living as a result. A professional make-over, much like a physical one means you need some substantial change to feel alive again.

Think of a professional make-over using the acronym MADS…what do you need to Multiply, Add, Divide or Subtract from your current situation to feel like things are finally going in the right direction professionally.

Multiply…What do you need to expand exponentially to creat the professional opportunity you enjoy? Do you need to have several different things to do at once to feel invigorated? Are you a person who feels more complete with  many irons in the fire and a variety of activities to feel purposeful? Maybe you simply need to find other interests and outlets and expand your reach instead of depending on just one field or expertise to suffice.

Add…Does your current profession make you feel invisible or not really like you are a player in the professional arena? If you feel you are performing only sideline tasks, maybe it’s time to add more responsibility. Do you need to become involved in a more meaningful work? Is your current situation not your true passion and do you need to add time to your schedule to work towards your true passion? Is it time to add a class, seminar or event that will help redefine a career you love?

Divide…Often our professions become a nest of entangled jobs within our jobs. Are you exhausted from wearing too many hats and need to start thinking about a better system of delegation? Do you crave a time when you felt you could roll up your sleeves and tackle a job and get it done without constantly being distracted, pulled in too many directions and leaving too many projects incomplete? You may need to seriously decide how to parse out the unessential or unnecesary components of your profession and concentrate on what you do best. If you must micromanage everything you will become professionally exhausted before you reap the best benefits. Learn to let go of the things someone else can do and concentrate on your true talent.

Subtract…Sometimes it’s just a matter of deciding what you want to accomplish and how you want to do it and then identify the obstacle that prevents you from feeling the most successful in accomplishing it. If you feel you could perform better if you had more time, you must subtract something that consumes what time you do have. If you are short on resources whether financial or emotional perhaps you need to decide what one thing you could eliminate which could free up some funds or lessen stress. Start with one thing to help reduce the burdens that make your professions less enjoyable. Sometimes it is a commute. Can you take mass transit but use that time to sleep, read up on a new skill or catch up on another activity? Could you choose to be more flexible with your schedule if you subtracted something else? Is it time to think about letting go of something that is no longer profitable or even holds your interest?

You can keep doing more of the same and getting nowhere or you can decide that it’s time for a serious professional make-over and see how things look a month, 6 months or a year from now. Just like those seriously vintage shoes which are no longer in style or that retro hairdo that is doing nothing for you, unless you tackle changing some things, you will continue to feel like you are in a professional rut.

It’s just a few months before we put 2014 in the can. Isn’t it time for getting around to that professional make-over you promised yourself this year? Aren’t you done dreading Monday mornings and living for the weekends? Don’t you deserve more than working your fingers to the bone just to get by? Have you lost count of the times you have told yourself it’s time for a new career?

You might not need the hairdresser or the make-up artist but you might just need a career coach,  a mentor, a master-mind group or an accountability partner.

How different would your future look with a professional make-over?

What part of MADS would help you improve professionally?

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