How to Effectively Plan for Changing Your Career
There’s something that just clicks when you know changing your career is the next big step in your journey. It’s easy to want to look for tell-tale signs that it’s time to change careers, but most of the times, it’s a long, underlying thought of: “what if?”
When you’re in a career that’s not aligning with your purpose and values, it can really wear on you. During this time, you can start to feel just worn-down day by day. When the weekend comes, you feel like you’ve been dragged through the mud. And when you get to Monday? You’re not even at 50% recharged.
Can we say: yikes?
Stress is attributed as the number one cause of death of women in the US, and there is nothing more stressful than being in a career that you’re not aligned with.
But what’s even more stressful is going about changing this and making this big shift in your life. There are so many things that just stack up and give you reasons for not changing. There’s no magic erase button, nor is there a special concoction to make the transition less scary.
Our brains will always try to scare us out of what we know is best. Changing careers allows us to explore so many more options out there that might align better to passions and values. But boy, where do you start? Where do you even begin?
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Changing your career can seem like a complete dream, especially when you’re in the depths of it. But let me tell you the best kept secret of all time: it’s totally possible, and you are capable of it, and your possibilities are endless.
For those of you who have gone through this process, to those who are just starting: you are so strong, and this process is not easy! But if you’re here, that change is something that you’ve already decided on. And that fear of change is what’s holding you back. You are resilient, and you can do this!
Let’s take a look at what you can do to make this transition happen!
Get Crystal Clear & Hash Out those Details
We’re talking crystal-clear details here. Take some time when you’re not frustrated and frazzled from work and write down a goal for yourself.
And make this a big goal! Don’t cut yourself short and write in something that you’re not excited about. When you’re passionate about an end-game goal, you are by-far so much more likely to achieve it.
Spider-webbing your goal backwards is one of the BEST tips that has proven a lot of success across the board. When you know your big, main goal, work backwards and look at where you can go from there. This method helps with the obstacles of the “unknown-fears.”
Tip: Think about those details you can plug into your every day life now to get you closer towards that big goal. If you’re constantly looking at “when I get…” or “maybe in a few…” you’re not crystal-clear yet!
Save, Save, & Save Again!
The not-so-fun part of any type of change is hitting the books and figuring out what you need to keep you afloat during your transition. This part needs to be realistic and even a bit inflated, so you have some wiggle room.
Going back to having those crystal-clear details, look at how many months you’ll be without steady income. What’s your monthly income now, versus what you spend? What can you trim up now, so you can start saving immediately?
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Set Milestones & Goal Markers
Looking back at your spider-webbed, crystal clear details, plug in some timelines for yourself. I like to break them down quarterly or every 90 days. Everyone has their sweet-spot time-frame, and yours could be any amount.
When you write these out, be realistic in what you’re setting. If you hit an obstacle, how long would it take to get you back on track?
Not only is setting goal markers and timelines key, but setting milestones helps you see how far you’ve come too! When you have a smaller milestone separate from your goal-marker, use these keep your motivation going. Celebrating the little wins of a milestone is just as important as hitting those rock-‘em-sock-'em goal markers!
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Seek Out Guidance
Whenever you’re going through the motions and keeping it all to yourself, there tends to be some oversight on what’s out there and what your options are.
Give yourself permission to reach out to someone! Don’t keep it all to yourself and drive yourself up the wall. Bounce ideas off of others to see what they think and what advice they have if they’ve been there before.
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