pressing the reset button

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As I’ve mentioned, I am sensing a shift in my career-life in the not-so-distant future.

And while I’ve come to accept and listen to my gut on this, I found myself slipping into familiar, but unhelpful, career habits this week. I got a few great new ideas for ways to expand my services. These ideas would mean a whole new aspect of service that could require a serious time commitment.

But after some careful reflection, I realized that I was unknowingly slipping back into my old habits based on my previous career-paradigm of “Got a new idea? Launch it immediately.” thereby under-cutting my new path.


Launching the new ideas and maintaining my desired priorities were at odds with each other in this season of my career.

So after this battle of conscious effort to go a new direction and my urge to heed to the ingrained immediate idea activation, I realized I have some work to do.

Just because I “know” what I need to do, doesn’t mean my mind and behaviors are automatically aligned. 

Which means I need to take some intentional steps to shift my career paradigm.

Here’s what I’m planning on doing to help press my career mind’s “reset” button to focus my energy, time, and priorities on a new path.


I’m going to set a start date for my new career direction.

The end of this month is a timely one. I’m going to spend some time today reflecting on what I’ve learned from the current season of my career, and think about the adventures to come after July, 1st.

I think the idea of setting a time to the shift is akin to the reflections and changes people make at the end of the fiscal year, January 1st, and at the start of a new school year. Start dates help differentiate priorities and actions that our mind and behaviors understand.


I’m going to write my own success story.

Yep, I’m taking my own advice on this one and spell out how I am going to accomplish this season of my career as if I’ve already done it.

This success story is also going to spell out how I re-aligned my priorities and changed my workflow. Because I know that this may be one of the biggest daily challenges I face.


I’m going to create a vision for this season of my life and career.

My success story above will detail the steps, actions, and habits, I took to get where I wanted to go. But the vision portion of my process will help me to see the larger picture of my career.

One thing I have in mind is a new look for the blog (again). I’m also going to be thinking about how this shift will impact my personal life as well.


I’m going to cultivate new habits.

Once I have my success story and vision outlining the actions I want to take, I will then go about making them a part of my routine.

This will obviously require a good deal of self-control and just-keep-going-ness, but I’m finding that the more I expand my self-control during my morning private victory, the better I’m able to exercise that trait in other areas of my life.


My hope is that by taking these more formal steps to signify the change in my priorities, I’ll have a better time executing from them. Though I thought I’d be a natural at shifting to this new way of being, I have seen that it is going to take conscious effort and follow through to actually make it happen.


Thank you so much for reading and have a great weekend!


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  1. Jada Chin

    This entire blog post has defined exactly how I have been feeling lately. I’m a college student, who is very passionate about what I’m studying but I am always heading into different directions. My mind can be a tad scattered for what I wanna do with my life!

    This quote: Just because I “know” what I need to do, doesn’t mean my mind and behaviors are automatically aligned.

    So true. But, I think I will eventually find my path soon!

    Soup for the Soul

    1. I can relate to that Jada, but I have this gut feeling that things will come together and not just magically but by my own actions and choices.

      All the best with your journey ahead !

      1. From my experience, I think it’s a mix of the actions, choices, and with the world conspiring in our favor, as The Alchemist puts it. : )

  2. bp

    This post comes @ the perfect time for me! Discipline and specific action, not just being motivated or inspired by someone else is what I am needing. Thanks for this wake up call & providing some of the steps to get me where I need to be.

  3. Megan

    Thank you so much for this, Jess. I read this and your “Produce your Own Success Story” post and I very much needed them both! Not reaching your goals and learning the “copycat” way is exhausting and is quickly leading me to burn out. I’m realizing I’m stuck here: “dissatisfying results, unmaintainable goals or a simple lack of follow through on our part.” Here’s to writing my own success story! One that fits in with my life and my goals.

    Thank you!

    1. I’m so happy to hear that this message is speaking to you and that you are finding what really gets you motivated and ready to design your life with *your* intentions. : ) That’s wonderful!

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