Category Archives: career change

Career Satisfaction and How We Sabotage It

Most of us approach our lives by way of our conditioning. That is, we make our decisions based on how we were taught. Unfortunately, many of the ideas that have been passed down through generations go against what we really need to do to create and maintain personal happiness.

Here are just a few misconceptions:

Misconception #1: If an established, secure job or relationship no longer makes you happy, something must be wrong with you.

Consider instead: Your life experiences have caused you to grow and change. You are not the same person as you were, so what you are no longer happy with may no longer be a fit.

Misconception #2: Following your heart anywhere except your love life is bound to get you in trouble. Use your rational mind to make decisions.

Consider instead: Your heart is connected to ideas and passions that you do not consciously select and which reside in your being. Think of your heart as the most accurate compass for your life decisions.

Misconception #3: Taking steps backwards financially should be avoided at all costs.

Consider instead: Improving your inner quality of life deserves as much an investment priority as upgrading your external environment and material possessions.

Misconception #4: Having a successful career doing what you love is an unrealistic fantasy that happens only to a lucky few.

Consider instead: What you love is what you are here to do. Expect that you can create a successful career doing it.

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Believing In Yourself Is A Choice: The Four Characteristics That Shape Our Reality

“We have nothing to fear but fear itself” Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“An unpleasant and often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. . . Fear is completely natural and helps people to recognize and respond to dangerous situations and threats. However, healthy fear–or fear which has a protective function–can evolve into unhealthy or pathological fear.” Phil Barker Conflict Research Consortium

Fear is a powerful choice we make everyday without recognizing the detrimental effects this “habit” brings to our lives. In order to break the cycle of fear, you must first believe in yourself, in your abilities, and you must believe unconditionally.

Believing in “you” is a powerful choice. It is a choice that provides strength. Believing in yourself is the first step to freedom and the beginning of an action plan to remove the obstacles we place in front of ourselves everyday.

How Do I Begin To Believe?

Your choice to believe in yourself is shown through four characteristics. Read each characteristic and honestly access your level or capacity for each one.

1. Confidence: In your abilities to fulfill your vision

2. Commitment: Performing the necessary work to make your vision a reality

3. Effort: Striving to create your best work

4. Perseverance: dogged “stick to it” mentality throughout the process

Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~Japanese Proverb

The Decision Crisis: Follow Your Interests And Passions

Everyone faces decisions and in many cases we fall into a decision crisis: a place where we are unable to make an important decision. In some cases these crisis can last a lifetime. The effects are often detrimental.

A good example of an area where decisions can be life changing is your career path.

What about the decision crisis that faces every student? Your decision making process for identifying the right career path is more important than many decisions you will have to make. Unfortunately this process often begins in the middle rather than the beginning. Simply put, many students and parents look at job markets, financial compensation, and job availability as the deciding factors on a career (major) path.

The First Step in the Decision Making Process

Before you consult the traditional counselors, career and interest surveys, and company representatives recruiting on campus consider the following:

1. Awareness: You will graduate to the workforce via corporate America or as an entrepreneur with a work life history that will span on average 40+ years.

2. Interest: The career path you pursue should be one that holds your interest. It is imperative that you identify all your interests. Make a detailed list of the things, activities, and rituals you enjoy. This should help to heighten your awareness about what direction to take.

3. Passion: After identifying your interests, which ones are your passions? Which activity, subject, or ritual do you just love? Make a list of these “special” interests and consider them your detailed list moving forward.

Discovering the correct career path (major) should start with the awareness that you will be spending the majority of your waking hours working. With this awareness you can then understand how important it is to find a career that you have interest and passion for in abundance.

This example can be applied to most any important decision facing individuals today. Remember to recognize your interest and passion in the decision you are about to make.

A “License To Print Money”: Misconceptions About Money And How To Change Your Beliefs

“Instead of thinking that you need money, realize that money needs YOU. Money is just so much wasted energy without work to do. Your ideas provide the outlet for it, the means by which money can do things. Develop your ideas, secure in the knowledge that money is always looking for such an outlet. When the ideas are perfected, money will gravitate your way without conscious effort on your part, if only you don’t dam up the channels with doubts and fears. . . . Realize that it is not money you have to seek, but a way to use money for the world’s advantage. Find the need!” — Robert Collier

“Money doesn’t grow on trees” –A Well Meaning Mother

One of the most common misconceptions about money is that there is a limited supply of money available to each person during their lifetime.

This misconception often leads people to make decisions based in fear and not fact. The idea that there is a limit to the supply of money is completely false.

There is a limitless supply of money available to everyone–that is a fact. If people are aware of this fact, if they understand that they can change their own erroneous beliefs about money, and if each individual invests time to create a vision and intended plan of action then the misconception about money’s limited supply becomes obsolete.

The next time you believe you are “a day late and a dollar short”
The next time you think “money doesn’t grow on trees”
Or you think that “a fool and his money are soon parted”
Take heart because with a limitless supply of money available we all “have a license to print money.”

Enter Inner Architect’s “The Apprentice Contest”: Tell The World Your Story In Our Book

Update dateline March 18, 2008

Author Susan Hanshaw’s upcoming book “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live” will include a story line from the winner of “The Apprentice Contest.” As part of the book launch, inner architect has been running “The Appretice Contest” where contestants were sent a free copy of Chapter 1 “Cultivating Your Mind To Consider Change.”

Contestants were asked to write their impressions, suggestions, or description of an event that helped change their lives for the better. The winner would then be awarded a copy of Susan’s book, $50 Gift card, and they would have an article published in our blogs supporting their business, website, and blog.

As a way to give back to our readers and to recognize a truly important event or story, inner architect has decided to reward the winner of “The Apprentice Contest” with publication. The winner’s story will be included, up to one page, in our book. In addition we will include the winners url for website, blog, and business.

What This Means For You

Our plans are to distribute the book worldwide both online as an ebook as well as via print publication. If you are looking for viral marketing opportunities, publication, and the chance to have your work noticed outside of your normal distribution channels then enter “The Apprentice Contest” and tell the world!

3 Common Erroneous Views of Money: How They Fuel Your Fear of Change

The fear of letting go of The Paycheck is the #1 reason why people stay stuck in jobs that no longer fit. Part of this fear has to do with 3 erroneous views surrounding your understanding of money. In order to make significant and life improving change, you must be aware how your views of money negatively effect your ability to change your life.

Erroneous View #1:

Your access to money is directly and solely tied to your job; if you quit your job, you completely cut off your ability to access money

How do you change this view to support the career change you want to make?

Watch Susan’s video as she answers this question with one of the truths about money:

Change Your Life Now: Let Go of The Paycheck And Your Fear?

According to WebMd’s article “Fear and Phobias: The Top 10 Plus One”, American’s fears run the gamut from spiders to confined spaces to death.

Forbes claims that “50% of Americans dislike or hate their jobs” yet the fear of letting go of a paycheck and leaving the cause of such pain seems impossible to most people–until now.

Becoming an inner architect, Susan Hanshaw’s video series, launched one of the most important segments to date: How Do You Let Go of The Paycheck and Lose The Fear? In this multi part segment, Susan asks the question etched on nearly everyone’s mind:

How Do I let Go of My Paycheck and Lose The Fear?

Before you can understand how to take action to eliminate your fear of money-fear of losing the paycheck you must first realize:

You haven’t been shown that there is another way of looking at money

The next 3 videos in our series will show you three erroneous views of money and how you can change those views to release your fears.