The start of a new year is when many people are thinking about making changes in their lives, and career is often at the top of the list (alongside the usual offender ‘weight loss’ of course).
The truth is that changing career can feel like a scary thing, especially when you may have spent many years training, qualifying and working in your current area.
The problem with this is that it can also be a big trap!
Staying still, being static in your work and giving in to the fear means that you may instead choose to stay where you are and not go anywhere or make that all important move. This often results in people staying in the same job for years, even when they are unhappy.
We often feel trapped in these situations because of our fear related to not knowing what we want to do. Not knowing what we could do/what we are good at. Feeling like we can’t shift because of money issues, and also feeling scared of what others might say, but to name a few.
I work with a lot of people who decide that want to make this change. I then help them to unpick some of these issues, allowing them to move forward and go on to pursue jobs of passion.
So, in light of the new year starting and new beginnings being just on your horizon, I thought I would share 5 steps, one step every week over the next 5 weeks that will help you to start tackling your own career demons this year.
So without further ado, here is step 1…
WRITE YOUR STORY
Try this task.
Take a piece of paper or get out your laptop, and spend 20 minutes (or longer if you enjoy it, some people write pages!), writing a page or two about your ‘best’ future self.
What does your life look like in the future? When you picture a ‘great’ life for you, what does ‘great’ look like? What are you doing in that life? Where are you living, who are you living with (keep it real people!).
Some people find this easier when they focus on one particular day. You can for example imagine getting up in the morning a go though what hope might be a typical day.
Really let your mind go. Visualise, feel and try to tap into the things that you know are feel are important to you, so that you might become clear on it what it is you are hoping to achieve.
Ultimately we are interested in your destination. Where do you think you are headed?
This kind of activity works if you can get really clear about detail. You might for example know where you would like to be living and name the place. You can describe what your house looks like and the surrounding area. You may even have a dream job that you have been holding back from expressing, but want to write it down.
Remember no-one will see this, just you so go for it. Don’t hold back! The more honest you are with yourself the easier it is to take steps about making big changes.
If you haven’t written an actual career/job down, don’t worry. Just focus on the other elements, like lifestyle, the kinds of activities you would like to be involved e.g. Travel, art or having political interests? Remember, the more detail the more likely this is to work for you.
Next week, I’ll be sharing the next step that will build on this. If however you want more and don’t want to wait, you may want to sign up for the ‘Give Yourself a Promotion’ Coaching series, which is 6 taught on-line sessions beginning early February.
To get to the front of the queue and register your interest about signing up, please fill in the sign-up form below and you will be the first to be offered the Early Bird discount.
I can’t wait to give you the next step which will help you figure out the most important bits to focus on that will get you one step closer to figuring out what you want to do and how you get to do it.
Until next week!