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In the book, they describe the four phases of change as:
Phase I: Go For it
Phase II: The Doldrums
 Phase III: Cocooning
 Phase IV: Getting Ready    
 
I wrote about how graduates and those in career transition can feel stuck in Phase II: The Doldrums and now I’d like to talk about the next part of the cycle, Phase III: Cocooning. This is a time for reflection that should be enjoyed. 

The way our fast paced work world is we don't usually get time to reflect and slow down.  
 
Find what works for you in your schedule to make some time to reflect. It can be something as simple as walking, meditating, taking some deep breaths, enjoying a good laugh, and so on...To be present of what you are accomplishing and aware of what direction you want to go next will go far in helping you to accomplish your career goals.
 

Can you think of other ideas to help you make the time to reflect and practice some self-care?

Transition

Are you going through a career or life transition? There are times when we transition from one phase to the next so gradually that we barely even notice and it seems to happen naturally. Other times, we are clearly faced with a Choice A and a distinctly different Choice B.  It is during these times that it can feel overwhelming to make a decision and the idea of change can be daunting.

In the book, Life Launch: A Passionate Guide to the Rest of Your Life by Pamela D. McLean and Frederic M. Hudson, they write about the four phases of change as a renewal cycle:

Many transitions also provide you with social rites of passage, linking together the chapters of your life, so you can feel yourself "graduating" from one chapter of life into the next.  These help measure your lifelong journey

Graduation reminds me of going from one life chapter into another. In the book, they break it down into four phases:
Phase I: Go For it
Phase II: The Doldrums
Phase III: Cocooning
Phase IV: Getting Ready    
 
When we go through a career transition and enter Phase II, we can sometimes feel stuck. We have to remember that it really is part of the process. 

Being in the Doldrums means that we may feel down and unhappy with the path we are on, it is part of the process to feel unsure of your career path,but when we head into the Cocooning phase we can begin to reflect

Stop and Smell the Roses

Your career search is a journey. There will be ups and downs, but it will all be worth it when you find the job you love. Along the way, make sure to enjoy yourself and stop and smell the roses

Appreciate the beauty around you and appreciate how far you have come in your career search so far.

Be present and celebrate small victories. If you are able to network with one contact from LinkedIn, pat yourself on the back. Allow yourself to breathe and appreciate all of your hard work, because it is hard work and eventually it will all pay off.

I’ve been busy lately with clients, snow days, and building my business. I think the next chance I get I may try to stop by the United States Botanic Garden in D.C. to see What’s in Bloom. I also think I may have to call their "Plant Hotline" and get some help for my son's class project plant. Even plants need help from a coach sometimes! 

Make Your Career Search Blossom

When searching for a new career, it is important to be focused and get clarity. You may find that you have been searching too broadly and your attention is being pulled in all directions. 

In gardening, pruning is an important way of making sure nutrients are going to only the healthy parts of the plant and energy isn't wasted on areas that need to be cut. I think this same idea can be applied to your career search.
 
Every now and then, step back and reassess your process.
 
I read an interesting NPR blog by Ketzel Levine where the author addresses the common Fear of Pruning many gardeners face. He advises,
I was taught years ago that the best time to prune a plant is when you’re standing in front of it with clippers in your hand. Otherwise, the seasons roll by and the years roll by and before you know it the plant’s so out of scale that all you’re left with is the most drastic option

Once you've made sure your energy is being put towards the best tactics, you’ll be on the way to making your career search blossom!

When is the Best Time to Grow?

As a career coach, I often get asked many questions about career search timing:

  • When is the best time to begin looking for a new job? 
  • Should I wait until after the holidays? 
  • Should I start in the new year? 
  • Is it better to wait until my kids go back to school?



The best time to plant the seeds of your career search is TODAY. 

As soon as you know that you need a change, you should start to cultivate your new growth. There is a lot of preparation that goes into a job search. If you are prepared, you’ll be ready when an opportunity arises.

Begin networking and increase your quality connections. I recommend reviewing your resume and getting feedback from your network. Don’t be afraid to ask others for information about their career path. Usually people who have found career success are more than happy to share their story and give advice.

So start today and ask yourself, "What is one thing I can do today or this week to plant the seeds of my career search?"