Do You Love Your Profession?

Do you feel a sense of autonomy and purpose with your profession?

Did your profession bring you a sense of satisfaction at one time, but now you are feeling as if you lost that and are looking for something else?

You may be feeling unfulfilled and experiencing dissatisfaction in your profession.

You may be looking for something new, more fulfilling, more meaningful. But are feeling stuck and not knowing what to do. Is this you?

That was me 9 years ago. I was feeling out of sorts with my life and my profession. I felt this inner calling to to something else. But I had no clue what that was.

For years I wondered all over looking for that answer. I enrolled in numerous personal development workshops and classes. I read numerous self-help books that were inspiring, but they did not propel me to make a change. I traveled the United States and abroad, which helped, but again…did not provide the answers. I tried to find the answers on my own.

Then I found a Life and Business Coach and my world changed for the better. I never heard of a life and business coach, but felt something significant would come out of this. During our work together, she helped me gain clarity and maximize my personal and professional potential. She supported me and held me accountable toward following my heart’s desires and empowering me with the tools for living my right life.

And this is what I want for you. I want to show you how to achieve more in your life and profession. I want to help you achieve your greater goals and live a more meaningful life.

I will hold you accountable and challenge you to grow, to do more than you think you can do.  I help you explore and look at your best choices based on your greatest vision. I help you with your perspectives and limiting beliefs.

I would like you to consider the following problem:

Think of yourself as a prisoner in an old tower and you want to desperately escape. There is no one else around. One day you notice a rope in your cell, however, the rope is only half the length necessary to allow you to safely reach the ground below.

How do you escape? Can you escape?

Now, think of someone else as the prisoner, not you. Do you have a vision of this person? Good, now you notice a rope in their cell, however, the rope is only half the length necessary to allow the prisoner to safely reach the ground. Now think of how you will help this prisoner escape. Can he or she escape? How?

Did you find the solution in one or both of the scenarios?

This was an actual experiment conducted by Evan Polman of New York University and Kyle Emich of Cornell University who posed this problem to 137 undergraduate research subjects.  They asked half of the students to imagine themselves as the prisoner. They asked the other half to imagine someone else as the prisoner.

The research finding showed that fewer than half of the students in the first group figured out the answer. But in the second group, 66 percent came up with the solution.

Both groups of students figures out what to do, but it was the second group that had a higher percentage of students come up with a solution, which was to divide the rope in half and tie the two parts together, to escape to freedom.

Do What You Love

This is not a typical problem most of us face in our daily lives.  But how we approach it and see it from a different perspective yields some unforeseen answers about innovation and creativity in personal and professional endeavors.

Basically what this research shows is that people are more creative when they tackle other people’s problems verses their own.

The findings indicate that when we think of a specific situation  we are in, i.e., wanting to do something else with our professional life, we feel stuck, and have a tendency to think more narrowly, thus we can struggle to generate new ideas.

Whereas, when we tackle other people’s problems, we are more creative with the solution.  This is because the other person’s problem is distant from our own reality causing us to widen our perspective. This generates more of the creative ideas we might need.

So if you are looking for a professional change, but don’t know how to get it, you may need to step back and widen your view.

If that does not work, this is where a Life and Business Coach supports you in working with your creativity. The coach will help you look at things from a different perspective.

So, if you are feeling stuck and imprisoned in your thoughts, don’t think too much about it alone. Instead, ask for support and let someone like me, a Life and Business Coach/Counselor help you find the solution.

Remember, it’s your life and profession: you own it and live with it, so make sure you love your life and what you do.

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8 Responses to “Do You Love Your Profession?”

  1. Tina M. Games (@MoonlightMuse)

    This is SO spot-on, Pam! 🙂 ~ Helping other people with their problems is much easier than helping ourselves with our own. As women, we are so conditioned to give, that’s it’s second nature for us. And as you shared in your post, because the problem isn’t our problem, it’s easier to give support and offer solutions without a direct attachment to the outcome. ~ Learning how to receive support – and better yet, learning to ask for support, is a huge leap for women!

  2. Kailean Welsh

    I know that when I am looking at my own life and my stuck points, I struggle to see solutions. It is clear that working with another can help you see a new perspective and gain new ideas.

  3. Veronica

    Feeling stuck is no fun! Been there – and what helped me through was working directly with someone. Sometimes the tangles are too close for us to unravel – but another perspective and support makes all the difference. I appreciate your personal story and I have a similar story myself. Thank goodness we don’t have to operate in a vacuum! Great blog post – blessings for a wonderful holiday!

  4. Tina Games

    This is such a great blog post, Pam! ~ It brings to mind the tug of war between what a person truly wants to do – and what will make money. And often, they feel like they have to choose between the two. It becomes an “either/or.” ~ This is why I created my Purple Possibility programs – helping people see the options in the “and.” ~ Life doesn’t have to be an “either/or.” It can be an “and.” ~ Thank you for your work in helping people see this! 🙂

  5. Bonnie Nussbaum

    Love that experiment, Pam! It always amazes me how a solution can be right in front of us, but the set-up ahead of time interferes with seeing that solution.


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