DO or DO NOT. There is no try - Yoda
I am not sure why, but I am a big fan of this quote. Although if you think about it, it was what Yoda told Luke before this quote that matters. It is truly more important. If you are not familiar with it, here it is:
Luke: Master, moving around stones is one thing. This is totally different.
Yoda: No! No different! Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned (this is the sentence I am talking about).
Luke: (poor Luke gave this answer that led to the now famous quote above) Alright. I will give it a try.
Learn To Unlearn
For Star Wars’ sake, when Yoda said, “unlearn what you have learned”, the purpose was to encourage Luke to believe and trust in the Force and all the power that comes with it. Now the reason I am talking about it here, is because I want you to believe and trust in your dream and all the power that comes with it.
The focus is then on unlearning or leaving behind any thoughts or ideas that are telling that your dream career or lifestyle is not realistic. Sounds easy; reflect on these thoughts, detail them and spend time shredding them to pieces. Easier said than done, you say??
Reach For The Stars
Alright realistically, you will not be as powerful as Luke but you have the opportunity to prove me wrong. What I am aiming for is that you should dream BIG! You probably have heard this before; reach for the stars and think outside the box in how you are going to make your BIG dream a reality. More importantly, do not let others shoot down your stars (the negativity in what people can say and do, such as when someone laughed at one of my dreams, can be heartbreaking). If you do not believe that their comments or actions have value, you can move past them. And even more importantly, challenge your negative thoughts by figuring out the details that will lead you to the accomplishment of your dream. This is how you will unlearn what you have learned or forget what you have heard from unsupportive others!
Finding a purpose that relates to your dream is one way to do it. Additionally, believing that you can achieve your dream puts you on the track to making your dream a reality. Finally, detailing the vision, emotions, sounds, obstacles and every other image that comes with this dream provides you with the path to reach it.
Oh, and here is where Yoda’s famous quote becomes important. Saying, “I’ll try” is not a good idea since it implies that you do not believe you can do it. What are you hoping to accomplish? A university degree, starting your own business, making a million dollars...You have BIG dreams and with these dreams your doubts are as BIG. This is understandable and very, very normal.
You really need to focus and think about how you will change your thoughts from “I’ll try” to, “I can”! One way that works for me (two of my recently accomplished BIG dreams were completing a doctorate degree and becoming a solo-entrepreneur) and many authors recommend is having a plan. Can you think of any other ways to change a doubt to a belief?
Now, please...stop saying I dream and let’s start the process and get to work. What are you waiting for? May the Force be with you!
When our phase changes, so must our approach. Rebecca Minkoff
When Minkoff wrote this statement, she was talking about her reality with kids and balancing work/family time. Her words ring true regardless of what changes you are facing in your life. Whether you are transitioning from high school to university or nearing retirement, it is important to reflect on the changes necessary with this transition.
The future is here
There is currently a lot of talk about what the future will look like.
And just like everyone else, you are thinking
Whatever you do, do NOT panic
Looking at this list of questions is enough to get you in a mad panic to prepare for a future career or next job.
First and foremost, you have to accept that the world is entering a new phase. Many experts are predicting doom and gloom. However, I assure you that with the right attitude, these predictions can be reversed in your favour. You have your whole life ahead of you and you cannot (and really should not) live it hiding in your own bubble or the bubble of the pandemic.
A positive attitude starts by contemplating your personal options. Working (for yourself or someone else) has many benefits including having the cash flow to buy whatever you want for yourself and others. Working gives you a reason to wake up every day and something to look forward to. You may add your own reasons here for working...Truth is that you will find work!
A new phase
It is very important to keep in mind that not only is the world entering a new phase but that you too need to adapt to the changes that the new phase will bring. Whether you are just entering the workforce or transitioning to a new career, now is the time to alter your preconceived ideas of work. Your current skills may still get you a job or help you start a new career and this is great. However, if you feel that there are no jobs out there that match your skills, then it is time for a new approach. It is time to hardwire adaptability into your routine.
What is hardwired adaptability?
A hardwired and reframed approach guarantees an easy adjustment to the new world of work. It entails looking at your current skills from a new perspective. For example, if you have a been a leader in an IT company for many years, you have developed leadership skills that can be taken to another field. Or if you love playing tennis and have experience leading summer tennis camps, you can easily use your summer camp organizational skills in other summer camps in-person or online.
A reframed approach requires you to embrace learning new skills by anticipating requirements for new job opportunities. For instance, if you are switching between companies within the same field you will need to familiarize yourself with the new company’s mission, values and way of doing things. Or if you just completed your university degree with no working experience, you can search your dream job postings for skills you do not have and seek opportunities to develop them.
Remember (and I have detailed this in previous blog posts) that there is unanimous agreement on the value of transferable skills. Think of hardwired adaptability as one of the key skills required for the jobs of the future. Your ability to reframe, change your career course or adjust to new expectations will guarantee that you will be able to change your approach as the world inconspicuously enters a new unfamiliar phase.
Are you ready? Great, it is time to get started! Uncertain?? Ask questions in the comment section, DM for 1:1 chats or check our Events page for workshops on the topic. It really is TIME to get on the hardwired adaptability train.
Dr. Hoda Kilani is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC). As a career management professional, she works with clients in private practice, event facilitation (including carousels and vision boards), conference presentation, and writing.
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