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Career Change Motivation
Keeping the show on the road
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?
- I can't do this
- It's too difficult
- It won't work
- I'm scared, so I'll stay safe by doing nothing
- I'm too tired for this
- I'll start tomorrow
- I've got too much on at the moment
- I always mess it up anyway
- 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.
What is motivation?
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.
So what influences your motivation?
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?
Saying 'I should...'
You need to explore the bit of you that is resisting the change. Try asking yourself 'What's stopping me?'
Do you lack some key skill or knowledge?
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?
Is there a hidden agenda?
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.
- I want to change careers, but I don't believe I can make it
- I want to become a lawyer, but I don't think they’ll let me into law school
- I want to be self employed, but I don't want to have to work 15 hour days to achieve it
And of course, there is the big one...
- I want to change career, but I am afraid that...
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.
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