Changing career is often quite a long, slow process, so keeping your career change motivation going can be a challenge.
Are you finding yourself going through difficult periods when you have feelings like these?
If you have moments like this – welcome to the club!
It is quite normal and natural for your motivation to waver.
So if you feel that your career change motivation is failing, read on for some tips about what to do to get motivated again.
Motivation is a state of ease and flow when the actions you want to
take come easily and you feel energised to continue. In a sense, motivation is action.
If you are doing nothing, motivation is clearly absent! So career
change motivation means that you are moving forwards, step by step
towards the new career goal you have identified for yourself.
If you have lost that sense of flow, then action can easily grind to a halt and so do your career change plans.
But it is important to realise that motivation is not a simple on/off switch. It is much more like a scale from low to high and you will find yourself at different points on that scale from day to day.
There can be a number of factors that will influence your career change motivation. Some of these will be positive and will keep you excited and focused on your career change goal.
However, there will also be some negative ones, and sometimes these are influences that you are not even fully aware of. These can get in the way of your progress and sap your motivation.
What are the positive and negative motivating forces for you?
If you find yourself saying 'I should...' a lot (I should make that
phone call, I should do that research into small business training…), it
indicates that you are caught up between part of you that does want to act and part of you that doesn’t.
You need to explore the bit of you that is resisting the change. Try asking yourself 'What's stopping me?'
Sometimes you just doubt your skills or abilities and that holds you back. Is that self doubt a really fair assessment? That may be true at the moment, but is it a permanent state of affairs?
And are you being fair to yourself in the way you assess your skills?
Try exploring where you can get the skills you need and who can help you. You can't be expected to know everything you need right now. Of course you may need to learn new things. Or maybe you don't – is the 'missing skill' actually something you could easily delegate or outsource?
Career change motivation can falter because of factors you are not
fully aware of. This can lead you to feeling very stuck but not really
You can tease out some of these hidden issues by stating your career change goal and then completing a 'but' phrase at the end.
Look at the examples below.
And of course, there is the big one...
Often you will find that just bringing the hidden issues out into the open is enough to kick start your career change motivation again. You can look at your 'yes, buts...' critically and either recognise that they are not real obstacles. Or you can tackle them directly by seeking advice, training or support.
If you are just feeling that you have lost a bit of your initial impetus, there are a number of strategies you can use to keep your motivation going.
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