What’s Next? Strategize to Win!

I have read at least 40 books this last year, and there are a few books that will remain with me, but none have affected me more than Carla Harris’ book Strategize to Win: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career. It can be found here on Amazon.

Are you stuck? Are you wondering what’s next? Are you looking to discover what you’re best life could look like? Are you confused about what job you’re best suited for? Are you trying to decide what to study next or what qualification you might need to get? If you are, then here’s a process that can help get you to get moving in the right directions!

If you’re a digital journaler like me, then open up your digital journal and on separate pages, write these questions down:

  1. If money were no object, how would I spend my day? What would my job look like? (This is your content.)
  2. What jobs have this content?
  3. What skills, experiences, or education do I need in order to be eligible for these types of positions?

If you’re not a digital journaler, no worries. Just grab a paper journal or three pieces of paper and on separate pages write the above questions down.

Now comes the fun part, start dreaming! Start thinking about the content that could make up your day. Start thinking about what content your dream job would have and what types of jobs would have that content. Then, start discerning what professional degrees or classes or experience you might need to help you achieve your next goal(s).

Don’t rush this process, it could be a game changer for you. Here are a few important things that Carla A. Harris says in her book.

There is one person responsible for managing your career agenda, and that is YOU! (pg. 87)

You will find the answers to your career questions not in knowing the job itself, but in defining the content of your job. (pg. 6)

Your ultimate professional success is all about how you position yourself, and that starts with landing a position that engages you because you like doing it, are interested in it, and you want to learn it because you like the
content. (pg. 13)

Yes, and if you’re considering making a change, don’t forget to pray. Don’t forget to seek wise counsel. And, don’t rush! Make sure you’ve given yourself time to carefully discern your “What’s Next?” question.

Hope you enjoy this process, I highly recommend the book!

Reverend Carmen

The Sky is the Limit. Or is it?

The ’sky is the limit’ is a phrase we hear often.

But what if the sky isn’t the limit? What if there’s more that God wants to do with our lives?

Just mere hours ago I was sitting in the Calgary, AB airport when I felt Holy Spirit nudge me. (I’m currently sitting on a plane to Winnipeg, MB as I write this blog post.)

The initial nudge came in the form of a question: Is the sky the limit of what I can do, Carmen?

Well that got my attention in a hurry! After quickly grabbing my bullet journal and pen because I knew, just knew, that God was going to teach me something that was meant to be shared, I sat quietly looking at the sky.

I felt God near. I felt the presense of the Divine lingering with me as a I processed the question that’d been asked of me. Is the sky the limit? Is there a limit for what God can do in and through my life? Through the life of others? It can’t be, I thought. There is so.much.more beyond this earthly sky. We can’t put a ceiling on God’s capacity in us. But we do, don’t we? I do. Sometimes fear grips me or words hurt me and I find myself wanting to turtle. To not show up.

But isn’t he the God of the exceedingly above? Isn’t the human mind limited in its capacity to conceive all the things of God? Don’t we see through a thin veil? Aren’t we invited to trust and follow thus allowing God to determine the limitations?

I was drawn to reread Job 38: 4-7. It says this: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? Who kept the sea inside its boundaries as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and wrapped it in thick darkness? For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores.

So, friends, let me ask you: Is the sky the limit in what God can do in and through you? Were you there when the Almighty laid the foundations of the earth? Who kept the sea inside its boundaries? Who limits the sky’s and the shores?

Let’s place our lives in the hands of The One who has capacity beyond what we can comprehend. Let’s let The One who determined the boundaries of the skies determine ours.

I’m not convinced the sky is the limit, are you?

Reverend Carmen

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