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How to Redirect Career Pressure

By Tiffany A. Dedeaux 

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While in conversation with a Master Coach they noted that I might be feeling the pressure. My vision is so large that it is quite possible I have lived in the valley of pressure for so long I hadn’t noticed. Then I wrote the word down and realized something…


I am the type of person to press through when I have something I need to get done. At the same time, I recognize that I press when I am sure of my direction or destination. So if I press when I am sure (apply pressure) then when I am not pressing, clearly I am not sure of something (feeling pressed). What is it?

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For me, it is a process. Suppose I don’t know the process for getting something done, if you know me, you know I will make one. When I felt trapped in a toxic work environment and the only thing I knew was that I couldn’t stay where I was, I designed a personal career clarity retreat where I could define my own vision for the future or at least identify the signs of career satisfaction so I would know when I had arrived at my destination.

Recognizing that having a direction (not here) or a destination (career satisfaction) is all I need in order to take a step toward my goal, I came to realize that I was missing a complete process (direction) to connect my vision to my goal (a new program launch).

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As soon as I identified that my process was incomplete, knowing the importance of a story in creating sustainable change, as I do, I mapped out the beginning, middle, and end of a program I am calling A New Day where I partner with purpose-driven professionals to build an intentional transformation strategy.


I have seen enough of the world to know that I am not alone. That pressure you are feeling, what are you noticing about it? What will you do with that awareness?

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