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Use This Compass to Guide Your Career

Source | LinkedIn : By Bruce Kasanoff

You may think of your career as taking place in the physical world, but most of your results are dependent on what happens inside you. Can you remain focused without support, or in the face of adversity? Can you keep your goals and values in the front of your mind?

To help you understand this, I’ve developed a compass to help guide your internal journey.

The compass has four main orientations; think of each as your mindset at a given point in time:

Self: Much of your life involves focus on your needs: food, safety, relationships, goals, and aspirations. This is what you want.

Others: The opposite of self, this entails a focus on the needs of people outside your inner circle. When you help a friend or mentor a student, you have this focus. Yes, it may give you pleasure to help others, but doing so is often different than attending to your own needs.

Proactive: This your focus when you are actively engaged in the world. It’s how you fix problems and grab opportunities. It’s also how you accomplish goals important to both yourself and others.

Meditative: The more complex your circumstances, the more problematic it is to rush into Proactive mode. Sometimes it makes much more sense to step back, clear your mind, and get some needed perspective.

None of these is the “right” state of mind. To maximize your performance, you must master each of these four modes, and know when to use them.

In between these four orientations, I’ve generalized about how you can embody the elements most likely to produce a spectacular career and life:

Grit is long term focus on an important goal. It generally (but not always) involves proactive action towards a goal that’s vital to you.

Compassion is proactive action on behalf of others.

Clarity is getting to the heart of how you feel, and knowing how to communicate this clearly to others.

Growth is central to expanding your life and maximizing your impact. It starts with an internal recognition and commitment, but must eventually lead to proactive external action.

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