I love DIY. I do it all the time and I never get tired of it. But I have to own that my results have been inconsistent (even disastrous).
From the unstable shelf in my bedroom (FYI you really can’t learn everything from You Tube) to the unnecessarily stressful (ahem, costly) business moves (that’s plural) I’ve made, I now recognize that for the things that really matter, you need to call in a professional. It’s been a hard and expensive lesson.
With your career, this is something you only see looking back. At least that was the case for me. My first ever encounter with coaching was when I had career transition support after being laid off from an HR job I loved. I put up a fight with that coach, because I was so sure I knew what I was doing! And getting exactly none of the results I wanted (despite working very hard at it). My coach finally took me in hand, sitting me down, showing me that by not using the help I had right in front of me I was going to be unemployed longer, and be at risk for taking a job I would hate out of desperation to get back to work, making less money than I had at my last job.
And they were right.
I’ve never forgotten that lesson; sometimes, even when you think you can do it yourself, you shouldn’t. Today I have a business coach to keep me on track as a (now) successful entrepreneur (no more 10K oopsies). I work with other coaches to help me with my sometimes very messy life. These investments have been instrumental in making empowering decisions in my work and life that avoided what would have been disastrous mistakes (both financial and emotional). My coaching investments also made the time I was in pain, shame, or uncertainty much, much shorter.
Do-it-yourself has another name; do-it-alone. It means when your career and job satisfaction are at risk, often at precarious points in your work life (like when you’re very unhappy, underpaid or unemployed). You feel abandoned.
Doing it alone has a cost to it.
When you do it alone there is no feedback loop to learn from, just a gaping void breeding mistrust and self-loathing. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Here’s the good news. DIY’ers make the MOST SUCCESSFUL coaching clients.
This is what the DIY spirit does for you when you invest in your career, working with a professional coach:
There’s so much you bring to the table as a DIY’er, and I can tell you that my DIY inspired clients always see a return on their investment in career coaching – they get what they come for (and much, much, more).
If you’re a DIY’er, invest that courageous spirit in your career. Stop trying to do this all yourself from books and articles and start with a no cost, no commitment Career Strategy Call to get the first clear step you need to have your dream career. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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Working with Carleen I saw how I was attracted to work and organizations that needed me, but weren't good for me. I now have a process to make sure the roles I take on are good for both the organization and myself."