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Caught in a rut? Attempt to perform skilled self-intervention

If you are thinking of being in a rut, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably not the idea of ​​performing an intervention. An intervention is defined by Landmark Recovery as:

"Intervening in the outcome or history of a condition or process (to prevent damage or improve functionality)."

Let's summarize that. It gets a little boring, but bear it with me. You will see why I do this when we start attributing it to a career:

"Intervening in the result or the course …" – this means that measures are taken in such a way that a defined, expected or possible end result or a defined path is interrupted

It continues:

"… Especially of a state …" – this part refers specifically to the circumstances that influence the way people live or work, especially with regard to their safety or well-being.


"… Or process …" – which in this context means carrying out a series of measures or steps that have been taken to achieve a specific goal.

Finally, the last part in brackets, which I think can be the most important part:

"… (to prevent damage or improve the way it works)." – that's pretty obvious; However, to be thorough (and boring), I'll put it differently. Essentially, this means that there is an intervention to prevent us from hurting ourselves and making ourselves better.

Okay, do you understand the definition of an intervention in detail now? If not, take your time and read it again. It is extremely important that you understand the above to see how we will apply this to a career.

But before we do that, we first need to understand what self-intervention is.

What is self-intervention?

Huffington Post staff member Kathy Sharpe-Ross wrote in her article Reinvention: The Ultimate Self-Intervention: “Intervention is a cry for reinvention. And reinvention requires considerable self-intervention! “And it can be implied that you are performing this intervention on yourself. Not necessarily yourself, but you choose to implement and / or set up your own intervention.

Essentially, self-intervention takes stock of aspects of your life that are negative, stuck, or unhelpful. Self-intervention is about removing these aspects from yourself and replacing them with something that will help you become a realized, contributing and fulfilling person.

What is professional self-intervention?

Now you know two key concepts. You know what an intervention is and you know what a self-intervention is. When we combine these two concepts with the third concept of career, you get what I call career self-intervention

Let's go through the same definitions, but apply them to careers. Before we look at the definition of self-intervention in relation to career, let's first look at the definition of career intervention.

Okay, do you remember the first definition? Here it is again as a reminder:

"Intervening in the outcome or history of a condition or process (to prevent damage or improve functionality)."

If we wanted to change this to a career focus, it could be something like this:

"The act of affecting the outcome or course of your career, particularly to prevent damage or improve how it works."

Let's split that up into its components. This will be a little boring too, but you'll appreciate it and ideally feel motivated.

"Interfering with the result or the course of your career …" – this means that you design your career in such a way that a defined, expected or possible end result or a defined path is interrupted. But why should that be important? Who cares? The next part gives us the great clue to the answers to these questions.

It says:

"… especially to avoid damage or improve the way it works." – Maybe this seems a bit dramatic or even idealistic. However, this becomes extremely relevant when you read the Gallup study mentioned in Marcus Buckingham's book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The referenced study found that of the more than 2 million people who participated in the study, only 18% (less than 2 in 10) said they could not find a job based on their strengths and therefore the occupational satisfaction with impaired to a high degree.

I can also comment on this. Although anecdotal, I can confidently say that the most common sentence I hear from people coming to career coaching is "I feel stuck". I trained over 2000 people in a one-on-one interview.

In view of the above two pieces of evidence, the second part of the definition, "… especially to prevent damage or improve the way it works" is now very credible. I mean, you understand that correctly. If you are unhappy in your career, you know that it harms you, causes harm and ultimately changes who you can be, or prevents you from becoming who you should be.

Therefore, professional self-intervention could be:

"Guiding yourself through a self-directed but formal process that disrupts the outcome or course of a career, particularly to create clarity, prevent damage, or improve functioning."

Doesn't that sound funny? It is. I did it. More than once. It is hard work, but it is a process of self-discovery that leads to more self-confidence in your own decisions about your career and career choice

How do I carry out professional self-intervention?

First of all, remember that you do not necessarily have to carry out professional self-intervention. No, this implies that you force yourself to intervene, but you can invite whatever resources (people, professionals, reading, videos, training, etc.) you want.

Second, the steps to self-intervention in your career may not be very clear as it is a new concept. However, the following steps are customized steps from Landmark Recovery to perform traditional addiction intervention. As already mentioned, these are adapted and I think they are well suited for professional self-intervention.

  1. Find a professional or career intervention expert

This can be a career coach like me or a career advisor. Make sure you choose the most appropriate path for you. Some of the old, traditional models that use reviews don't give the best results. My approach is holistic, taking into account your values, the tasks in the job itself, your purpose and your willingness. This has resulted in much better results for my customers in the long run

  1. Form your intervention group

As already mentioned, you cannot carry out professional self-intervention yourself. You can build a community of support among friends, family, and professionals. This can be very helpful in gathering your thoughts and opinions about your own behavior, patterns, and what you are saying and doing about your career (i.e., noticing that you are complaining a lot or focusing on things) that are beyond your control or that you are always late on Monday etc.)

  1. Learn something about yourself and dig further deep

Discovering a new career path and leaving the rut can require a deep immersion in your thoughts, beliefs, likes and dislikes. Don't feel discouraged. It may take a bit of digging and practice.

  1. Choose the time, place and emotional space in which you work on your professional self-intervention

For example, would you like to do this over a weekend in a self-imposed retreat or would you rather do it under the guidance of a career trainer for several weeks or months? Choose times when you can continuously focus on this type of work.

  1. Be optimistic and realistic

Remember that optimism and hope will serve you well in this process. You have to believe that you can find fulfillment in your career and that things can change. And stay realistic at the same time. If you are 50 years old and have never attended a science course, you are unlikely to become an astronaut (although this is gradually changing … so keep an eye out for opportunities!).

When should you use career self-intervention?

If you find yourself in a difficult situation, unhappy, or constantly complaining about your boss or colleagues, you probably need professional self-intervention. If you're constantly taking courses, not because you feel like you need them, but because you're constantly trying to fill the gap in what feels missing, it may be time for this self-intervention. If you collect awards, certificates, and initials behind your name, but don't feel satisfied or satisfied, it may be time for professional self-intervention

This is something I, as an experienced career coach, can help you if you choose to include me in your self-intervention team.

The bottom line

At some point, we should take a close look at all of our careers to see if we get what we need from them. Sometimes career self-intervention is simply a validation tool to recognize that we actually have what we need, and maybe we may feel better about changing our perception or attitude about our career. And yet this process is sometimes about getting out of the rut that we have found and are stuck on during our life.

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Christopher Lawrence

Christopher is the Chief Value Officer and founder of Change My Life Coaching and co-founder of Change My Business Coaching and the program to reduce weight loss and inflammation in healthy transformations. Change my Life Coaching is a fast growing company for life, leadership and business coaching and the only one of its kind. He is also the author of "Go Beyond Passion: Discover your dream job". Christopher worked in the corporate world with a variety of industries and companies for over 15 years. His focus was mainly on planning, strategy and leadership of change management and communication. Christopher is a Certified Master Coach Practitioner (CMCP), trainer and facilitator, and a passionate speaker who really cares about the success of every person he comes into contact with. You can reach him at

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