Of the many signs that motivated me to leave corporate, there's one Aha moment that stands out.
I was walking home after work. I hated my job but loved these walks. They allowed me to shake off the absurdities of my workday and daydream about what I wanted instead.
On this day, I was really pushing my imagination as far as it could go.
I suddenly realized: no one was going to stop me from creating the business I wanted except for me. It was at once empowering and terrifying. I was completely free to create the career I wanted...if I allowed myself.
I needed to make some real changes internally if I wanted the external career that matched my vision:
I HATED asking for help, making mistakes, and not being good at things.
I was terrified of leaving a steady paycheck.
I wasn't sure I had what it took to succeed.
I knew I had to get over these beliefs (and many others) if I was going to be happy in any career, let alone create a business with the fulfillment, flexibility, and income I wanted.
The people I work with get this, too. They know that their own thinking and habits play a major role in their career happiness.
Of course, having a boss that advocates for you, co-workers that have your back, and a role that is meaningful go a long way.
But if you have trouble advocating for yourself, setting boundaries, and recognizing your own value, you're going to struggle to find those opportunities--not to mention succeed once you get there.
Yes, changing your career can substantially improve your circumstances. But just like in relationships, if you don't want your baggage to ruin the experience, you have to work through it.
A new job doesn't make you less risk-averse. It doesn't make you value yourself more. It doesn't tame your fears. You won't suddenly be able to manage your time better or stop doubting yourself. You'll won't magically stop hiding or settling.
Until you unpack the beliefs that are holding you back, you and everyone around you will be robbed of your full potential.
Here's the kicker: the very things you're trying to get away from are poised to reemerge in your shiny new gig to hold you back in spectacular ways. Unless you address them.
Going after a new opportunity without doing the real work is like rearranging the deck chairs while the Titanic sinks.
When you do the work to understand what's really driving your unhappiness, and what makes you happy instead, then and only then can you achieve real and lasting success.
That's why career change is really an inside job. It's doing the inner work to truly understand yourself AND connect the dots to work you love that pays.
It’s also why many people who jump into something new still aren’t happy. Because they haven’t gotten to the core of what’s really going on. Ask me how I know!
Career success starts with who you are and who you want to be. When you get clear on that, the opportunities start to appear.
I talk a lot about my work being transformational. But the transformation doesn't refer to the magnitude of my clients' career change. It's about them fundamentally shifting how they view themselves, recognizing the value they have to offer the world, and realizing how much power they have to improve their work and life.
For some, this is doing work that looks quite different. Others find there's less external reinvention than they thought.
To succeed and continue to grow in our careers, the real changes come from within.
If you're ready to do the real work to find a career you love, email me with the subject line, "I believe career change is an inside job."
I can't wait to hear from you.
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