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Take A Walk On The Wild Side...? The 5 Minute Career Coach August 2010
August 01, 2010

Helping Career Changers Around The World

August 2010


Welcome to the August 2010 edition of The 5 Minute Career Coach.

What's in this Issue

I am delighted to welcome a guest writer this month, Susie Lomax. Susie and I know each other through Nick Williams' Inspired Entrepreneurs' Club - I think we have both found the Club a source of amazing inspiration and support. Susie is one of those courageous souls who has walked away from corporate life. Click here to read more about how she has survived and thrived – I know you will enjoy it.

With best wishes

Quote of the Day

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!

Often attributed to Goethe, but actually it's not as simple as that! Click here to read more.

Yes, sometimes you just have to do it and once you get started, a natural momentum emerges. Are you bold enough to begin?

Take A Walk On The Wild Side

Summer holidays are here again and as soon as that holiday feeling soaks into your skin you probably find that you are miraculously transformed.

After just a few days the sunshine and sea air, you start believing that your desire to have a more fulfilling life is achievable. You wonder why at home it seems a burden to have dreams when here on this beautiful beach things seem so much lighter and easier. You begin to wonder 'can I really live the life I desire?'

Well why not?

Is routine getting in the way?
Without realising it, you have probably got a very routine way of living. From the time you get up through to when you go to bed – all is done to a familiar pattern. On the one hand, this brings a kind of normality and comfort which feels safe. On the other, what you are doing is shutting down your ability to adapt and change which is not only vital for survival but is essential for fulfilment and happiness.

What is it getting in the way of?
You. When considering a career change, indeed any change, you have to get out of your own way. If you can allow yourself to experience those same holiday feelings where ideas and energy flow, you can start expanding your horizons and you will rediscover inspiration and purpose.

So how do you recreate those holiday feelings?
When I left the City after 10 years in the corporate world I just assumed that I would somehow magically wake up with new ideas energy and the perfect plan. I was wrong. Sometimes I was so disillusioned that I seriously considered going back to what I knew. What I didn't realise was that I needed to get out of my own way.

The great news is – and I know because I have done this myself - if you begin to make small tweaks consistently, before you know it, ideas flow. Routine is substituted with fresh excitement. The most important thing to remember is to find the magic combination of boldness and consistency.

Here are a number of things to try – they worked for me!

Get out of the rut.
Stop doing things on autopilot. Instead find something that inspires you. Read an inspirational book or jump onto the laptop and go to where there are dozens of free video talks given by inspiring people.

Break out of the 'lethargic' trap.
Do something differently. Try taking a different route to work or to the shops, try different food, go somewhere you have never been before. The idea is to get out of your comfort zone. Take it gradually - too much too soon and you'll just scare yourself back to safety – but you can be bold in small steps!

Imagine your perfect day. As you wake up, where are you? Is anyone with you? What does your room look like? When you open the curtains, what's outside? What do you eat? Where do you go? Who else appears? Are you working? Doing what? Be as detailed as you can. If you take your time over this exercise it can reveal aspects about a life you really want, or maybe you already have parts of it.

Get active and stretch yourself.
If you have been made redundant don't stay at home and live off the redundancy. Go and get a part time job to pay the bills or maybe do some charity work. I went and got a job charity fundraising. I thought I was going to be sick when I started I was so far out of my comfort zone. But I showed up over and over again and discovered that when talking to total strangers about something I actually believed in I was full of passion and empathy. It showed me the key ingredients for my new career.

Get support.
Any form of change is difficult and there were times when I thought I was all alone. My friends and my boyfriend often didn’t understand why I wanted something else. Some actually felt threatened. You need support to keep you going. I began to network with like-minded people and most importantly I began to ask for help. You will be stunned at how many people will help if you only ask.

Expand your horizons.
We all have a tendency to make our world smaller as we age. We have got it wrong. What you need to do is expand. Be bold, open up, be creative, get involved, be interested and take action. If you do this you can become a holiday person at home, healthier and happier.

Make the choice to live a more fulfilling life and you will inspire others to do the same. So if you are game I am. LET’S TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE!

If you'd like to walk on the wild side with Susie, why not follow her on Twitter? Susie's brand new website will be up soon and her Twitter followers will be the first to know.

Your 5 Minute Coaching Session

Challenging questions are one of the key tools coaches use in helping clients to create change.

Each month I offer you a mini coaching session by asking you a challenging question to think about. The questions I ask are designed to get you thinking in new ways and hopefully gain insights that may open your mind to new possibilities for you career and for your life.

This month my question is actually one that I orginally came across posed by Seth Godin. It fits in well with the theme of boldness, I think.

Are you practising failure in advance?

Just check in with yourself when you are thinking about your career change. Are you building up a picture of all the things that could go wrong? Are you creating a mental image of failure?

Hmmmm. Could that be part of the problem?

Try creating a picture of the positive outcome of your career change instead so that it becomes a magnet that draws you into bold action.

Recommended Resources

Eat That Frog!
Brian Tracy

A lighthearted little book with a serious purpose.

There's an old saying that if the first thing you do in the morning is to eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. This is one of Brian Tracy's 21 tips to overcoming procrastination. No, not to eat a live frog each morning, you'll be pleased to hear, but to tackle the difficult things first so that everything else seems easier thereafter.

Eat That Frog! offers you a series of practical and achievable steps that will stop you procrastinating and help you get on with what you really want to do in your life – whether it is changing career or just fixing that dripping tap in the bathroom!

A little book that could transform your life!

More recommendations
If you would like to see more recommendations for books and similar resources, follow the link to the Career Change Books page of the How To Change Careers website. Do keep popping back to it as I am adding to it all the time.

And if there are books and resources that have inspired you and that you would like to recommend, there is a place for you to do so on that page.

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