Hi it’s Alex Wilson-Campbell here, the Founder of the Careers With Purpose Summit and I just wanted to say thank you so much for attending the summit. And for all those who missed out on each one of the sessions you really missed a treat from 27 of the world’s best speakers, thought leaders in a range of different subjects and although the summit is over it is time to take what you learned and put it into action so that you can make any necessary steps, any necessary improvements to your career so you can move forward….
.. And with that in mind, over the next few days i’m going to review some of the summit speaker [sessions] selecting some of my favourite quotes and giving my interpretation on what those quotes potentially mean and how you could use them in your career to take things forward.
And our first speaker is founder of the Values Centre, Richard Barrett is his name. He is also Chair of the Values Centre. Richard had lots of great insight to share on the importance of values in work and life. One of the key things I learned is that your values change over the course of your life. So, the values you had as a 20 or 25 year old may not necessarily be the same when you reach 35, 40 years old. So it stands to reason with that being the case that you will need to self assess over the course of your career and do that on a regular basis. One of the things that Richard said is that if you feel fearful or uneasy, that may indicate the presence of a potentially limiting value.
Values are driven by your fears.
And we’ve all been there. We’ve all sat at work where we’ve felt a sense of trepidation or you feel a sense of anxiety on your journey into work.
I just want to give you a few suggestions so that you don’t have that sense of feeling that fear, or that lack of energy that you might have.
First, you need to have the presence of mind to understand that something is not right and you need to make an improvement. That acknowledgement is really important first and foremost.
Then self assessment [which is important throughout your career] it is imporantat to reassess every now and again to figure out, articulate and write down what it is [or who it is] that might be causing you to have those feelings of anxiety. conversely it is really important to understand what gets you going and motivates you and invigorates you in work. Whether that be your values or the strengths and skills that you like to use.
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And then next, take some steps to fix the issue. that might mean a complete change of environment and that might mean you have to take yourself away from the work setting that you are in at the moment and the company that are with. Then again it might mean a change of team. It might be something about the team that you’re uneasy about [ie what that particular team is doing]. The message is to take proactive steps to change the situation you’re in so that you’re in a positive situation and happy at work and life.
Even if you have not come to the point where you are fearful or anxious, it is important not to get to that point. So the process of self assessment is important to undertake before you get to that point so that you can be ahead of the game for any changes that you might need to make in the long run.