Epic career changes require you to shift from anxiety to excitement
You’ve worked for years, maybe even decades and you’ve found yourself stuck in a rut with no idea on how to break the cycle and start doing something you love. Maybe your industry is a COVID casualty or you’re sick and tired of working in an industry that’s no longer growing and fun. Whatever the reason, 2020 is turning into the year of the shift for all of us.
The minute you think about making an epic career change you get excited. The butterflies kick in and you can almost see yourself in the center of all the action doing high impact work that you love.
Then that familiar dose of ‘reality’ kicks in. You start second-guessing everything. Are my skills even transferable? Who would be willing to give me a chance? I don’t have the experience. I don’t have the right network. And poof! in an instant, all those butterflies turn into feelings of defeat before you’ve even given it a try.
I get it. I’ve been there myself and when I talk to my clients after we’ve worked together the biggest thing that always shows up is ‘I had no idea where to start’.
The feelings are real. Pivoting careers is very different than getting the same job in the same industry. All the things you know about getting a new role won’t work when you want to make an epic career change. You’ve got to do things differently.
The good news is that these things can be learned and perfected. Overwhelm can be replaced with a new approach so you keep those butterflies of excitement going. Suddenly, narrowing in on what you want and then going after it is exciting again!