So often, we are held back by her memories and how we interpret them. That’s true professionally as well as personally. In this video, I point out how that voice is lying to you today even though it might’ve been right in the past.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a career and leadership coach, the head coach for, and
There's a story that's playing between your ears. We used to call it "playing a tape." Now it's streaming between your ears that was put there to make you safe, but really is keeping you small. Maybe the original episode was designed to protect you from a bad event, or was caused by a bad event in your life. Now, we're just keeps playing over and over again. It may not be accurate each and every time. The problem becomes when you want to do something different. It suddenly goes, "Oh, no! No! You can't do that! You're not capable of that!" Thus you stay stuck, frustrated, hurt, unable to move forward.
Like some of these stories are, "I can't afford to do it! It's much too expensive." Or "No one would ever believe that I'm an expert at this! Why would they?" Lots of other messages that basically say, "stay exactly where you are. Don't do anything else." The problem is you're unhappy. You're miserable. Nothing ever changes.
Folks, you've got to confront the message because it may not be right. You've gotta try doing some different things and learning from them because you are going to make mistakes including the mistake of staying exactly where you are and miserable.
Don't fall prey to this voice that habitually keeps you exactly where you are. Understand who gave you that voice? How that message got put there because sometime it's a parent, it's a clergyman, it's a friend who tells you you're not capable. Theyhat's their story and you believe them because you like them a lot and care about them enough. They're your parents or your friend or your aunt, uncle, whomever it is. And when you're little, you believe all this stuff, and you stay exactly where you are.
Folks, you've got to breakthrough. Sometimes, just simply saying, "Where did I get this from? How did I get this," is the launch point. But you've gotta break through because, otherwise, you stay in careers you're not happy with, in relationships you're not happy with because you think that's all you can get. It's all you deserve.
In this Career Angle, I'll just simply say you don't wind up doing the work that you want to. You settle. And why would you want to do that? It's lying to you. Get used to that thought. It was there for a reason and that reason may not be valid anymore. It's lying and now it's time to put it away.
I'm Jeff Altman. I hope you found this Helpful. Visit my website, I've got thousands of posts there that you can watch, listen to, or read that will help you make wise career choices, help you land your next job, help you with hiring, being a more effective manager,, be more effective in the workplace. It's basically there to deal with you in your professional life.
That's really what we're dealing with here. You and your professional life. Coincidentally, there's a great benefit in your personal life. They're not mutually exclusive.
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Hope you have a great day.
Take care


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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2 Responses
  1. Kent Moxley

    Great video, 3 rd month unemployed and my mind is telling me at 43 years old to kill myself. I am a loser. everyone else is doing amazing and I failed

    1. Jeff Altman

      I can’t give you a thumbs up for a comment where you talk about killing yourself. I can encourage you to spend time on my content (quickly access it at and go through the playlists and learn what you need to (and give them a thumbs up and subscribe)

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