Nina Olofsson: Navigating Career Frustration to Unleash Your Purpose | Bouncing Back #42

In this episode, host Joahanna Wickramaratne is joined by Nina Olofsson, a certified Elite Performance Master Coach and Soul Purpose & Success Coach

It’s normal for work to have some measure of stress, but for some, this occupational stress can be crippling – especially near the holidays. This episode delves into how you can manage this persistent stressor and create a meaningful career path through the power of self-discovery.

Meet Nina Olofsson

Nina Olofsson is a certified Elite Performance Master Coach, but she prefers the title Soul Purpose and Success Coach. Her passion is in guiding ambitious individuals to find their true purpose by teaching them holistically. This draws from her personal journey of once having achieved every hallmark of success, only to find out that true success was within her all along.

About the episode

The discussion started with a discussion on how the holiday season can be joyful and challenging, especially for those dealing with occupational stress. Nina shared her personal perspective of how she used to dislike the holidays due to past trauma but now finds a balance in every role she wears. She is now much more cheerful about the season.

They then discussed resilience, describing it as an innate trait and a skill that can be developed through practice.

To develop resilience, Nina advocated stepping outside one’s comfort zone, especially in career settings. This enables one to grow from new experiences and handle stress more effectively.

Furthermore, Nina stressed the importance of aligning one’s career with their true self and desires.

Career changes should not solely focus on external achievements but should deeply connect to one’s personal values and life goals. By doing so, you can ensure that your professional life fulfills your private, personal needs on a deeper level.

The conversation also covered the concept of self-awareness and mindfulness as tools for navigating career frustrations. 

Nina advised listeners to engage in practices like meditation, journaling, and breathwork to maintain a state of mindfulness. These practices help individuals stay present and aligned with their values, which is crucial during career uncertainty or change.

Lastly, Nina encouraged readers to work towards a skill. Working on a skill keeps you out of your comfort zone and thus spurs growth. Moreover, to support this development, one should always set systems that manage time and energy to make room for growth.

In conclusion

The holiday season is a great time for career reflection. Whether you’re in a good place or dealing with severe occupational stress, the strategies discussed in this article will help. As Nina said, manage occupational stress by focusing on personal growth, resilience, and alignment with one’s higher purpose.

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