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A simple cheat sheet for career choices

Making a decision to change or stay in a career can be daunting. Here's a simple way of working things through to clarify your values.

Making career choices is tough. We get caught in what psychotherapists call “approach-avoidance conflict.” We move toward making a change out of hope things will get better (approach); but we fear making a mistake, or jumping from the frying pan into the proverbial fire (avoidance). Small wonder many of us remain stuck until someone makes the decision for us.

Sarah Peck has come up with a simple way of thinking through the decision that I think is brilliant. When you’ve already done the work of investigating some options and collecting information, this way of looking at things helps you check your gut and clarify your values.

For more information, check out Peck’s blog.

John Ballew is a licensed professional counselor and has been in private practice in Midtown for 25 years. For more, see his website at www.bodymindsoul.org.

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Chris H March 15, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I answered NO to every question. :(
John March 15, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Hmmm.... sounds like time to make a change, Chris.

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