These past several months I have had a number of clients seeking support to make career and life stage transitions.  Every single one of them has been highly successful in their career:  company executives, leaders in their industries, seasoned professionals.  And, they have all been stumped as to why making decisions about the next stage of their life is so challenging.

From the vantage point of Human Design, each of my clients is particularly well-suited to the career they were ready to transition out of.  The daily aspects of their job matched their natural decision making styles and enhanced and leveraged their energy levels and talents.

Let’s look at Beth, an executive of a national consulting corporation, with a natural ability to analyze all sides of a situation and thrives in the corporate office setting.  Her mental sharpness and high energy levels support her to make numerous critical decisions each day.

Beth suddenly found herself without her job.  She’s had the luxury of time these past three years to heal from that experience, spend time with her family and to explore other career paths.  But at heart, nothing has yet felt right and she has been very frustrated for not being able to figure out her future and blaze a trail to her next career.

Looking at her Human Design, Beth needs to have people around her in order to process her thinking, and, she needs to give herself plenty of time in reaching new decisions.  She was doing the exact opposite:  spending a lot of time alone and trying to force immediate decisions in the way she was able to do in her previous role.

It has been easy to change up the first issue. Beth is noticing how clear her thinking is coming home from the gym where she has been around others and she is adding more excursions to coffee shops and the library when she wants to do her deepest thinking. Such a little change is making a huge difference.

The shift in her decision making style and tempo is tricky to appreciate.

When we are making decisions on behalf of others (in this case she was making company decisions), it works to rely on our thinking and past experience to keep us on course.

When we are making decisions for ourselves, about our own lives, we need to make decisions in alignment with our own Human Design. 

For Beth, she needs to allow clarity to happen over time. She needs to turn it from a mental exercise into an experiential process and remove any expectation coming from artificial deadlines.  Her experiential process will take as long as it takes.  Pressuring herself with deadlines actually slows her process down.

Beth, a natural project manager, with an orientation to tasks and deadlines, needs to learn and practice a new form of decision making.  The skills that she has employed in her career, and has been trying to apply to her career transition, are not the right tools for the job at hand.

With each and every client, when we looked at their Human Design, it became clear why they were successful in their past careers and why they were stuck in their process to create a meaningful and exciting transition. There were aspects about their previous career that were vital to making quality decisions for their future, such as Beth’s need to be surrounded by other people’s energy, but were missing from their current approach.  Also, there were skills they used in their professional lives, such as Beth’s rapid fire mental decision making, that were not the right tool for discovering personal direction.

If you are in the process of making major life changes and are not finding your path to your new future, Human Design might offer vital information to get you moving forward with more confidence, ease and success.


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