Is there a right time to change your career?
I bet a great majority of you reading this article have thought at least once to change your career and do something different, hopefully, something that you are really passionate about.
However, how many of you have been or are still reluctant to make this move? I know from personal experience that it's not always a walk in the park to make this decision, especially when there are many things at stake like a family or a mortgage. I have been there myself, so I know what it feels like.
When I was trying to climb the career ladder, although I really wanted to grow and reach my goal to become a manager, I often clashed against limiting beliefs, imposter syndrome and various fears which kept me, at times, from achieving my goal.
I would find all kinds of excuses to go for a promotion or for a better job. I remember once, that although the job opportunity was a good one and I would have become a manager, I tried to find all possible excuses to convince myself and my wife, that, in the end, that was not a good opportunity. That's what I did. I didn't accept the offer.
Eventually and finally, after much wrestling, I managed to overcome all those negative voices, accepted the opportunity, and became a manager. After I got accepted and I started to work as a manager, I immediately realised that I was actually very good and those fears and limiting beliefs were just big rotten lies.
The same thing happened when I decided to make a big change in my working career from being employed (senior manager) to starting my own business. Once again it took me a while before I decided to take a leap of faith and emabark fully into my new working adventure. But, when I did it felt great!
To make a long story short, after a long career and having reached my goal to become a senior manager, I started to feel dissatisfied with my job, I just didn't see a purpose in it anymore. I wanted to feel more fulfilled and I realised that my current job and career couldn't offer that. I wanted more meaning, I wanted to make a difference in this world.
So, that's why I have become a coach. I have finally found my real vocation in life something I am passionate about, something that gives me meaning and that allows me to make a difference in the lives of the people I work with and in the world. I couldn't be any happier!
But, what about you? What's on your mind? What's keeping you from making those decisions and taking those steps that will help you to find your dream job and have a great, fulfilling, and happy career?
Just remember, I know how it feels, but I also know how to make it happen. I have done it myself so I can accompany you all the way to find clarity and the strength and the courage you need to overcome fears and limiting beliefs and grab those opportunities that will be offered to you.
As a coach I can offer you the space where you can find clarity about what you really want and what you can become, where you can find your strengths and your core values and discover how to use them, where you can plan the changes you want to make to your working life and execute them.
So, is there a right time to change your career? Well, I can't answer this question for you, but I believe that the right tiime is when you make the decision and you act upon it.
Before I leave you, I want you to do a little exercise. What you need to do is stop and think about what you want to be, what you want to do, and what you want to have in this life. Take your time and make sure that what you are writing is really what you want to be, do and have.
Now, write it down on a piece of paper and read it aloud a few times; make it your affirmation, something that can become your vision for the future. Now that you have done this, how does it feel? Do you feel you can do it? Do you know what? I already see you getting there! Do you believe it?