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Re-invent your career

The Secret to Re-Inventing Your Career

Re-inventing your career can feel like a pretty daunting task for even the bravest business leaders. If you’re among the millions of business professionals who have been doing a lot of thinking and re-prioritizing in 2020, why have you been putting off that career change you’ve been dreaming about?

You’re asking the right questions at the wrong time

When the time comes to re-invent your career, most people get stuck before they even get started; resulting in too many talented people sitting on the sidelines. If you fall in this category you know that you’re missing out on your opportunity to make the impact you want and to have the career you’ve always dreamed of. And let’s face it; it gets extremely frustrating when this happens over and over again.

Here’s how the thought cycle goes. I want something different and I am ready for a change! But…

What am I qualified for?
Who will want me?
Will my skills transfer?
Will I have to take a cut in pay or job title?
What will everyone think?
Do I have what it takes?

This is how you get stuck before you even get started. It doesn’t have to be that way. The reason you’re not able to make that move you’ve always wanted is because you’re asking the right questions at the wrong time. All of these questions are excellent questions but they should not come first. They actually come dead last.

Three steps to successfully re-invent your career

Here are three questions you need to ask yourself before you even start thinking about how you are going to re-invent your career.

Resilience – How much resilience do I have to make a career change? Changing careers is absolutely achievable but it’s not as easy as simply going to work for a competitor or taking a related role in the same industry. Every time you step out to do something you’ve never done before it requires a ton of resiliency to both get the role and to keep the role. You should check in with yourself and make sure that now is the right time for you based on how resilient you are able to be at this stage of your career.

Passion – What are you most passionate about? Have you have fallen into the trap of chasing jobs for money, title, status, social expectations, etc.? If you suddenly find every day to be soul crushing, then it’s time to step back and re-evaluate what is most important to you. Take your whole-self into consideration and narrow in on the things that really matter to you. This will not only guide your future decisions, it will give you the fuel you need for the long haul.

Growth – If you’re not growing, you’re not reaching your fullest potential. Regardless of how much you do or don’t like change; falling into the mundane rut of the status-quo is a mind numbing experience. Nobody wants that. Take stock of your growth trajectory both personally and professionally. Get really clear on the pace of growth you can sustain at this point in your career and put yourself in situations where you can grow at a comfortable pace all the time.

Putting first things first

Before you start figuring out how you are going to re-invent your career, the first thing you should be focused on is why you want to make a pivot in the first place. As you are trying to get clear on your motivation and purpose, consider these three things: How resilient am I right now? What am I passionate about? How far and fast do I want to grow? These are the right questions to ask and the right time to ask them is at the very beginning of your journey.  Once you are ready, watch this video to learn about the ONLY thing you’ll need to accomplish your career goals.

If you’re interested in checking out what other people are saying about their career-changing journeys and what held them back before they were able to make the pivot they needed; check out this post on LinkedIn.  You’ll see a lot of great advice from people who have already made the leap. Are you next?