The 5 Minute Career Coach

Helping Career Changers Around The World

March 2012


Keeping Going - Here's How




If the biggest challenge for those of you who are feeling stuck in a job you hate is the weight of inertia that holds you down, then the biggest challenge for career changers who have already begun the journey is keeping up the momentum.

Career change does not usually happen overnight. It can be quite along haul and on a long journey there will certainly be moments when you feel unsure about your progress. These usually come at around 3.00am in the morning!

So what are the most common anxieties that create stumbling blocks for you when progress is slow?



Will it work?

There are a number of underlying issues here. At one level this is a matter of doing your homework so that you collect as much information as you possibly can about your new career route and also about yourself, your natural skills and personality, so you can see how the new career aligns with what you have identified about yourself. 


Now let's be honest here, however much research you do there is nothing that can 100% guarantee that your new career will be a perfect fit. But where in life do you get 100% guarantees anyway?

It is up to you to do your due diligence but the final step will always have an element of trust in it. It is when you take that final leap of faith that things fall into place.

Remember the famous quote by Goethe: 

'The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.'


The other underlying issue of one of limiting beliefs – do you really believe that you can do it, that you can make it work? The preparation you need to do here is to be clear about what your underlying beliefs are – about work, about the kind of person you are, about your ability to deal with change successfully. 

These are questions you need to ask yourself and give honest answers to. Once you have acknowledged the existence of these underlying beliefs you are in a position to question them and decide whether they are true and/or helpful. The key issue here is that limiting beliefs are simply thinking habits and these can be changed.



Will I survive financially?

This is an anxiety that you can plan for before you even begin. You need to start by taking a long cool look at your financial circumstances. Take the time to break down where your money really goes each week and month. Yes, every last penny. It is only when you are really clear about where the money goes that you can assess your options clearly.


Go through your expenditure and rate what you spend as either Essential, Important or Optional. This way you can see clearly where savings can be made. The vast majority of us can find a surprising number of ways of saving and cutting corners if we really need to.

Secondly, plan to fill the gap. When changing career you are quite likely to experience a drop in income at least for a while, so either confirm with yourself that you can cover this by making changes in your expenditure or start to build up an escape fund that you will be able to draw on as you make your transition. Look for opportunities to earn income from part time work, from a small scale online business or from residual income opportunities.



Can I keep going?

It is perfectly natural to have ups and downs in your motivation so for a start, don't beat yourself up if you are having an off day. If it is a 3.00am moment, the just acknowledge to yourself that you will see things differently in the morning and do not to allow yourself to be fooled by the middle of the night fears.

So what is really causing your lack of motivation? Do you need to allow yourself a bit more time to focus on your career change project? Do you need to put clearer boundaries down so that your time is not always swallowed up by other things?

Is your energy down because you are not in good shape physically? What can you do to improve your diet and get more exercise? Do you need to give yourself some time just for you to relax and recover, time when you are recharging your own batteries?

It is natural to have energy dips but if they are frequent, just keep an eye on the possible causes and take remedial action if necessary. If it is just an occasional dip, then take some time off, treat yourself and then be ready to move forward again the next day.

Most important of all, seek out support from a friend who will be encouraging. They can give you a boost when you are feeling down, they will remind you when you are letting limiting beliefs take over and they will help you to keep your eye on the kind of life you will have when your new career becomes a reality.

So yes, the route to a new career is unlikely to be a smooth path all the way. But if you acknowledge that from the outset and plan for it, you will be able to deal with the rough stretches along the way.


What strategies will you use to keep going?


Over to you

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Something to think about



"Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all."

~ Norman Vincent Peale ~



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