Unlock Your Career Success In Three Easy Steps

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How to unlock your career success in three easy steps

Your phone is perched on the couch. It starts to ring – it’s the recruiter. You know you’ve landed the job. This is your role of a “lifetime”, a HUGE promotion and a pay rise. Yup, it’s fist pumping time, hello career success!  Imagine how proud your Mum will be! But strangely, you’re not psyched at all. Come to think of it you feel a little queasy. Shrugging it off, it was probably just the pound of cheese inhaled during last night’s GoT marathon. Anyway, you’d be crazy not to take the role – you’ve come too far and worked too hard to give it all up. Or have you?
Enter Siobhan Barnes. She’s been there, done that and knows how the story ends…it ain’t pretty. With three simple steps she shows us how to tap into our intuition and unlock our career success in three easy steps.
What the heck is intuition, anyway and what does it have to do with career success?

Starting with the basics, Barnes explains that intuition is “the power or faculty of attaining direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought or inference” – Merriam-Webster dictionary. “You might know it better as that gut feeling or hunch you feel in your body but you can’t explain with words. It’s a bridge between the conscious and unconscious parts of our mind” she says.

Your Iphone is killing your intuition & your career success

When it comes to daily work life, we are all soooooo “busy” honouring our rational minds that our intuition is left politely waiting in the corner. Barnes explains that “our culture honours a fast paced life filled with multitasking, instant messaging and 24/7 connectivity. Staying busy, with little downtime, doesn’t allow for the solitude and space needed to listen to what our intuition has to say.” Even if it is screaming loudly.

All the kool kids are doing it

Barnes says that, when it comes to finding the right career path, we all need to get better at listening to and trusting our intuition. Why? Because “It’s your inner wise self and it’s got something important to tell you if you’re willing to listen. When you practice tuning into your intuition, you’ll receive the seeds of inspiration that can offer you very savvy advice as to how to progress in your career.” Whoa! And it’s free?

Backed by the best, if it were an IPO everyone would want a piece of it:

 “Intuition is more powerful than intellectSteve Jobs

“Feeding and nurturing our intuition, and living a life in which we can make use of its wisdom, is one key way to thrive, at work and in life.” Arianna Huffington

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Albert Einstein

How to unlock your career success in three easy steps + a freebie

#1: Schedule in quiet time (shhhh, no talking!)

Give your brain a break and do nothing for five minutes each day. This means no phones, no books, no talking. You can meditate or simply savour a freshly brewed cup of tea – it doesn’t matter. The goal: be present.

#2: Rock your body (Backstreet’s back….)

There’s a reason people say they have a “gut” feeling. Your emotions and intuition are rooted in the unconscious mind. Take time out and practice tuning into your body with yoga, walking or hiking.

#3: Start a journal

Writing your thoughts and feelings down on paper helps the unconscious mind to wake up. It doesn’t matter what you write just start and the conversation will gradually open up as you tap into your intuition. You’ll be surprised at what you start to hear.

career success in three easy steps
Unlock your career success in three easy steps

For a daily reminder of these simple steps why not stick a copy of our picture to the back of your toilet door. Download a free PDF version by signing up to irislillian.com.

Siobhan Barnes – how to unlock your career success in three easy steps

Showing us how to unlock our career success in three easy steps, Siobhan Barnes is a career coach, workshop facilitator and founder of The Neon Life Society. As an ex-corporate career climber at Goldman Sachs she is passionate about supporting women to pursue their purpose in meaningful careers whilst living a full life outside the office too. Her mission is to support a new wave of female leaders that are modelling a new definition of success. She shows us how to unlock our career success in three easy steps.

Does this scenario sound familiar to you? Are you struggling to tap into your intuition to unlock your career success?

Photo credit: @talisasutton

13 Comments
  1. Deb says

    So true, listening to your intuition is key.

    1. Elissa says

      Hey Deb, it’s tough to hear sometimes don’t you think? How do you tap into yours?

  2. Rowan says

    So true, I’ve learnt to trust my gut instinct!

    1. Elissa says

      That’s fantastic Rowan! I’m still working at it. How did you manage to do it? I’d love some more tips.

  3. Franzine Mackley says

    I especially agree with the journal part! I think it’s the key that people are missing even if they’re active and all. It’s important to reflect and have that time

    1. Elissa says

      I’m definitely going to try to do more personal writing this year, Franzine. When it’s just another thing on the list, how do you motivate yourself to write?

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  5. samantha franklin says

    I definitely agree with your 3rd step: writing your thoughts down in a journal really help get things into perspective.

    1. Elissa says

      Hi Samantha, it’s a great idea isn’t it. Things seem to crystallise differently when you write them down. Do you currently keep a journal?

  6. Alexandra says

    #2 helps me immensely when I’m in a slump. Nothing like a dose of endorphins to help you feel positive about life!

    1. Elissa says

      Hey Alexandra, absolutely. It’s quite liberating heading out for a run – almost akin to meditation. What do you do to get your body moving?

  7. Jessica says

    Great points! Taking time to journal is has been key for me, especially with no other distractions around!

    1. Elissa says

      Hi Jessica, that’s fantastic! It’s tricky to make time for these things when you’re ultra-busy. Good on you for prioritising it. How do you think it has helped you?

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