We don't need Wizard to beat 'if only' syndrome

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One of my favorite movies is The Wizard of Oz , and I always look for possible life lessons within the movies I watch.

In The Wizard of Oz , Dorothy is knocked unconscious and dreams that she is no longer in Kansas.

In her dream, she finds herself in a strange place surrounded by strange people. Immediately, she wants to know where she is, how she got there, and how she can get back to Kansas. The strangers are responsive to her questions and tell her about the Mighty Oz and the Emerald City. She hopes that the Mighty Oz will be able to help her and begins her journey to the Emerald City.

While on her journey, Dorothy meets and befriends three unique and different characters: The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Despite their obvious differences, Dorothy discovers that the three have something in common with one another: The "if only" syndrome. So, she invites her new friends to go with her because she assumes that the Mighty Oz, whom she does not know, might be able to help them, too.

At the end of the movie, Dorothy and her friends learn a valuable lesson: They always had within themselves what they were hoping the Mighty Oz could give them. From that moment, they are no longer victims of the "if only" syndrome and become free to enjoy their lives..

Have you fallen prey to the "if only" syndrome? Are you willing to change the way you have been thinking about your current skills, knowledge and abilities?

Are you willing to take charge of your career and manage it instead of allowing someone else to do it for you?

If so, let me be the first to congratulate you.

Tackle and cure yourself from the "if only" syndrome and take control of your career using the following six strategies:

- Be an active participant in your life rather than passive; self-awareness is key.

- Know and evaluate your current knowledge, skills, and abilities; invest in lifelong learning.

- Assess your surroundings at all times; be mindful when it is time to make a change.

- Select and develop a team of people who are qualified to give sound advice and willing to share opportunities with you.

- Be willing to ask yourself the right questions regarding what is important to you and what you want to accomplish.

- Set goals and devise a plan; choose the right path for yourself.

DEBBIE WALKER IS A MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST AND CERTIFIED CAREER COACH WHO RUNS DEBBIE WALKER LPC IN MARTINEZ.


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