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What Do Your Dreams Tell You About Your Work and Career?

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What Do Your Dreams Tell You About Your Work and Career?

Though not everyone concerns themselves with the content of their dreams, certain symbols can correspond with common work and life stresses. Unsurprisingly, recurring signs may indicate subconscious struggles or emotions in our waking lives. Especially when it comes to work, understanding your latent desires can help you better handle real life. Decoding the following eleven dream patterns may uncover hidden stresses and opinions, letting you function more effectively.

Houses

Houses are believed to be complex dream tokens. Different rooms in a house may be analogous to different parts of your mind. Each room may represent a memory, an event, an emotion, or an interpretation of events. For example, basements usually reflect emotions or experiences you’ve suppressed or neglected. When it comes to work, dreaming about a house could reflect a desire to compartmentalize your life, or it might be a sign you are nervous that you’re missing something.

Demons

If you’ve been dreaming of demons, this may also stand for repressed emotions. When these troublesome creatures pop up, it may be a sign that your heart and your head disagree. Especially when it comes to your career, demons may personify past conflicts you’re still struggling to get over.

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Animals

On the other hand, animals are believed to represent the parts of us that are connected to nature. Animals may connote primal urges or a need to survive, which makes them common symbols if work stress is infiltrating your dreams.

Murder or Violence

If you’ve ever woken up confused from a strangely violent dream, don’t panic. Killing in dreams is thought to be an expression of your wish to kill off challenges in your own life. A dream about killing usually symbolizes hostility towards a person, and may symbolize conflict at work.

Dying

On the other hand, dreams about dying yourself signify big changes in life.  Dying in your dream is thought to reflect the end of one thing and the beginning of another, and may pop up when you’re taking on new projects at work.

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Being Chased

Another common dream is being chased by something. When you are being chased by something in a dream, it’s usually a reflection of feeling threatened. Unfortunately, these uncomfortable dreams are all too common when we are under pressure at work. Though the anxieties we feel dreaming about being chased are real, it’s better to focus on what you’re trying to get away from in your career.

Transportation

Missing a flight or train usually shows the frustration over missing out on opportunities.This dream will usually come up if you’re facing a big decision at work. However, dreaming of taking transportation is often a symbol of how much control we feel we have over life. If the car, train, or plane you’re on is in control, it may symbolize successfully completing a career task. However, an out of control vehicle could reflect your fear of challenges that lie ahead.

Flying

Another way in which our dreams show how in control we feel are dreams about flying. How adept you are at flying in your dream and what you are flying away from expresses how prepared you feel for upcoming work challenges. However, both at work and at home, dreaming about flying can be an indication of trouble letting go of certain things or feeling out of control in your waking life.

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Money

Additionally, money is believed to symbolize self worth. Especially if you are exchanging money, this may be a subconscious sign that you are putting yourself in a compromising position at work.

Other People

If you are seeing groups of other people in your dreams it may be a reflection of your own different qualities. Other people we talk to in dreams are believed to be projections of different sides of yourself. Conversations you have with these apparitions could be indications of repressed feelings at work.

Water

Finally, a common dream symbol that has different meanings, depending on the way it appears, is water or bodies of water. Believed to symbolize the unconscious mind, calm pools of water tend to appear when you’re generally peaceful and feel in control of your career. A choppy surface on an ocean or lake usually indicates inner tension, which may be a sign you need to take time away from work to relax.

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

“Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

What Is Your Personal Brand?

“Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

According to Castrillon,[2]

“One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

“if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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1. Set Your Personal Goals

What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
  2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
  3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
  4. What makes you different from others like you?

The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

3. Write Your Professional Story

Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

Other People’s Stories

Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

“your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

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