Change is the one thing all living creatures fear above all else.
The irony is that personal growth can only occur when we step outside of our comfort zones, either for good or not good. It’s called “comfort zone” for a reason: it’s often easier to remain soothed into a sense of complacency (even while we’re at a job we dislike!) than it is to take the first step onto an unknown path, hoping it will lead to a better life.
To make taking that first step easier , it helps to clearly outline how your life will improve, how it might suffer, and which factors are unknowable until after you take the plunge – and whether or not you can handle the uncertainty.
There are two approaches to embarking on this type of career change. The first, more conventional way, is to apply for a job in your new field that is a better match for your temperament, relationships, and interests.
FINDING YOUR PERFECT MATCH
Many women are actively seeking “lifestyle careers.” These are careers that allow individuals the freedom to focus on the things that matter most (relationships, quality of life, giving to others) instead of basing their success on annual salaries or net worth. Pick up any newspaper, and you’ll likely to find several success stories of someone who has stepped out of the daily grind and onto the path of their dreams. Many times, these women launch very successful businesses or start nonprofits that touch a lot of lives.
CREATING YOUR PERFECT MATCH
The second approach is to become what is known as a “lifestyle entrepreneur” or go into business for yourself doing the very things you love. This approach allows greater freedom and flexibility when setting hours, choosing projects, or living where you want.
AM I READY EMOTIONALLY?
As you embark on your career change, many factors are likely to change. These include your income, lifestyle, friends, location, health benefits, and your future outlook. When we consider a career change, we expect most of these changes to be favorable. However, many times, the negative changes will be felt while you’re in transition from your old job to your new career. Thus, it’s crucial to have the appropriate support network in place.
The fewer the changes and the slower the pace you must adapt to them, the easier your transition will be. If your new career involves a pay cut but not a location change, you’ll find comfort in the familiarity of your surroundings and the proximity of your family and friends.
However, some career changes can involve such drastic lifestyle adjustments that can seriously impact your self-worth and mental well-being.
What can you do to prevent a career-change meltdown? There are three keys: a reliable support system, the help of a coach or mentor, and an accountability system. Using one or a combination of these keys will go a long way toward providing you the emotional support necessary for your career change.
Are you thinking about making a career change? Have you considered all of the elements that go into a change?
Moves like this can be overwhelming – working with a Career Coach can ease the process by providing support and guidance while you work through the self-reflection and decision making. Your coach will be by your side very step of the way.