How To Make Important Life Changes

If you’re like many of my clients, you may want to make big changes in your life – for example, a new career, more time with family or a healthier lifestyle – but you don’t know where to start, life gets in the way or you end up feeling stuck. So, what’s holding you back? Perhaps it’s procrastination, self-sabotage or fear of the unknown. Or maybe you start initiating change, but quickly fall back into an existing comfort zone. This “easy route” often leads to complacency and stagnation. How can you make lasting changes to enrich your life? Here are a few thoughts that I’ve picked up through coaching over the years: Slow Down – If you’re stressed out or operating at full steam all the time, it’s incredibly difficult to make any real, lasting change in any part of your life. So, your first step is to slow down and free up the mental and emotional space that’s needed. Decades of research point to the benefit of reflective activities that quiet fear, doubt and worry and allow you to be more energized, engaged and in the moment. For example, try carving out 10 minutes twice a day for a daily renewal ritual such as meditation, yoga, prayer, writing, listening to music, walking, painting, knitting, etc. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it allows you to truly slow down, create space, and renew your energy – all necessary ingredients for change. Draft a Vision – Before you spend the time and energy that’s required to make a big change, take a step back and focus on...

3 Strategies to Initiating a Career Change

Where do you want to be in five years? Do you have a clear idea? What motivates you to climb the corporate ladder? Before making a career change, you must have a clear reason. Second, it’s important that you document where you are today. In project management, this is known as your baseline. In other words, you must know your starting point. In some cases, people make a change to improve their compensation. For others, pay is just part of the equation. Many people want a better balance between work and life. Surprisingly, some people want bigger challenges. They might be in a rut, and it’s time to head in a different direction. Instead of remaining complacent, they are prepared to make a big leap. While this move might appear risky, these go-getters are interested in the potential for future rewards. When you are ready to initiate a change, here are some factors to address: #1: What is your strategy? Your strategy is composed of your mission and vision. Mission is what defines you. In other words, what do you want to be when you grow up? For many people, their career choice changes as they mature. At one point, you wanted to teach third grade students, but you now want to travel the world. To begin that journey, you are thinking of pursuing an online International Business degree. Your vision allows you to take a long-term perspective. You are able to take a step back and consider the benefits. You picture yourself managing project teams in Zurich, Switzerland, or in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. By creating goals, your...

How to Plan a Career Change – Tips

Choosing a career is never a simple choice, but following your passion is worth every effort that you put into planning a change in your career. With proper planning, the switchover can be exciting, motivating, and rejuvenating instead of fraught with worry. Consider the following strategies as you plan and implement your career change:- 1. Assess your motives. Unearth the reasons for your desire to change careers. Do you feel under-appreciated, having poor salary, experiencing heavy work load or  not satisfied with your current position? If so, dig deeper to discern whether your current employer or the career field as a whole is at the route of your dissatisfaction. 2. Researching new careers. Once you’ve discovered your passion, spend some time researching the types of careers that center on your passions. Don’t worry if you’re feeling a bit unsure or insecure — it’s a natural part of the career change process. 3. Get involved. Your new career comes with a new community of colleagues. Get to know them. Learn their language. Find out what publications they read and what associations they belong to. Get to know the experts in the field and stay up-to-date on new research and emerging trends. Insert yourself into the world of this new career. In Addition – The key to success here is careful plan and confidence to yourself. As long as you plan carefully to ensure your personal and family’s security, your efforts in seeking employment in a career field will bring a positive outcome and will improve your quality of personal and professional life, as...

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