If you are unhappy, if you hate the people you work with, if your ideas are not being heard and you’ve noticed your workload increasing, yet your pay hasn’t? Girlfriend, you are not tapping into your full potential, don’t just walk away from your job, run! And fast. Life is far too short to live in complete misery. Last week I spoke about passion and I promised a great follow up about how to successfully navigate a career transition.
If you’re reading this post, you fit into one of two categories: Either your career isn’t fulfilling OR you have a keen interest in growing your existing empire and taking it in a whole new direction. Change is scary, but it’s also what makes life so incredible. It allows for a fresh start; a new beginning.
Danielle LaPorte often talks about core desired feelings which is a holistic approach to life planning. She encourages people to navigate their life and career decisions based on how they want to feel. The primary objective is to always feel good.
:: This is how I live my life::
My feelings map out every move I make in both my personal and professional worlds. I don’t know about you, but I want to wake up feeling alive each day. I want passion to fill each bounce in my step. I want to feel good naked. I want to walk into the office feeling inspired. I want to live life to the fullest and to explore my curiosity.
:: I crave fulfillment. I know you do too::
My journey has had its challenges, but I truly believe every circumstance is a lesson in disguise. And after several lessons and many times feeling as if life was kicking my ass, I’ve learned what I’m truly made of. If you feel like you are backed into a corner with no way out, consider this point in your career as a test and use this frustration as motivation to take that first step out the door. These 5 simple steps will help you gracefully make bold moves into your new chapter.
1. Get clear on your vision and write it down
Ya’ll know I am known for talking non-stop about vision boards and gratitude journals. But I do it because it works. Abundant thoughts create abundant experiences. Revisit your core desired feelings. How do you want to feel when you wake up? Step out of the house? At your job? With your loved ones? When you go to sleep? Life planning is crucial. Take some time to identify your passion and set specific goals with a bigger picture in mind. What is your ideal work schedule? How much do you want to earn? What type of environment would you like to work in? Research companies which work in the area you’re passionate about. Get clear on what you want to achieve.
2. Don’t quit your job….. yet
You may hate what you do right now, but you can’t quit quite yet because there’s nothing cute about being broke. As much as I promote quitting your job and following your dreams, at the end of the day you have to be able to pay your rent to keep a roof over your head. Either that or you can always move back home with mom. Oh no? Okay. Then save everything! Even if you have to eat peanut butter and jelly for months. Save an emergency fund so that you can still be financially stable if you decide to tell your boss peace out. Remember, in order to be great sacrifices must be made. Get creative. Sell some of your gently used clothing, pick up a part-time hustle for a few extra bucks. I suggest saving a solid 6 months’ rent before jumping ship.
3. Be open to all possibilities
When you know exactly what you want, books will fly off the shelves, certain key players will walk into your life, and new opportunities will arise because you’re directing your energy towards the life you desire to create. Keep your eyes, ears, heart and mind open to the things going on around you. The universe will always present you with signs, but you have to pay close attention. For example, I’m pretty comfortable with social media. I run my own company and do my thang regularly. Last year a multi-billion dollar company in the food industry (you will probably be eating a lot of their yogurt this Summa’) contacted me through LinkedIn to ask if I was interested in interviewing for a social media/community manager position. In the end, we both decided it wasn’t the right home for me, but the marketing director left the door wide open and said if I ever was looking for work in that field he would help me in any way he could through his contacts. I took that as a sign that a skill that I do for fun could possibly turn into a whole new career path. After much consideration, at this very moment I am rethinking this option and focused on adding another layer to brand. Don’t downplay your skills. Make a list of what you’re really good at. It could pay the bills if you learn to master your talent.
4. It’s all about the packaging
Your reputation is worth more than any resume. Hopefully you haven’t burned any bridges and you can flip back into your contacts and call in a few favors. Don’t be too shy to ask for help. This is what your network is for. Whether you do or don’t have an established network, you still have to package yourself in a flavorful way in order to attract the career you want. It’s a very competitive market. What makes you stand out? Let the world know by updating your LinkedIn profile, utilizing social media, create a cool video resume like Shannon Boodram, sign up for CareerBuilder and Monster. Use the internet to position yourself to succeed. Remember a while back I did a post about personal branding? Um, yeah, apply that advice now. It’s a critical step.
5. Stay focused
It all goes back to your core desired feelings. You are not only chasing your goals, you are chasing the feeling you’ll receive once you achieve them. Remember, the primary objective is to always feel good. You will face road blocks, but winners know that success is impossible without discipline, period. Put one foot in front of the other and keep your eyes on the prize.
Peace & Love,