I’m always fascinated by the misconception the world of social media creates. Misleading those seeking to make change when viewing those who have started a new career dream. Visuals of how entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners are killing it and all their wins. However, often when you scratch the surface and look behind the veil what you find is so much more interesting and empowering to those considering change. So often I meet these social guns in person and something interesting becomes apparent. Many of them have or have had their foot in two camps at once. One in the world of working for the man whilst the other is dipping into the world of starting that passion project.
Unfortunately, not many of these brave and smart transitioners share the fact that they are across the two camps. This is a real shame because it’s a very smart way of managing a change from a financial perspective, it normalizes the challenges of change for others and it is a great way to test when the right time to leap may be.
Which leads me to the fact that one of the most frequently asked questions that come from those wanting to make a career change is when is the right time to leap? I liken this question to the one of “when is the right time to have a child”. And for those of us who have been there we know that you can always find a reason to delay both because there will never be an exact perfect moment where you go…now is the right time.
So with that in mind a couple of simple tactics you may want to employ to help you navigate when the right time to leap is for you:
1. Action Breeds Clarity
Often my clients presume they cannot make a start on a career change if they don’t know exactly what they want to do or are passionate about. A little truth I have learnt is that far to often the clarity comes in the doing. So my first piece of advice is to devise a very simple plan that outlines what success looks like in the context of the change you seek in the next six to twelve months. Click here and download my free #GameChangeHer Action Sheet to get you started.
2. Ask For What You Want
Create the space to discover/explore your passion or your business idea by asking for what you want. To many clients find they can afford or are willing to reduce their working week (even by just 1 day) to create the space to make their dream happen but they are afraid to have a conversation with their line manager. Sometimes we need to ask ourselves what is the worst that could happen? So your boss could say no, that then gives you a green light to consider devising an alternative strategy. Interestingly I have met a number of women who have had the courage to ask and been given the reduced working week. A good leader will want to keep a good employee even if it is on reduced hours especially if they are focused on outcomes as apposed to hours.
3. Put It Out There
Stay with me on this one but I can tell you from experience that once you put out into the world that you are going to make change, somehow the planets seem to align to push you forward. Opportunity presents because people are more aware of what you want and what you are trying to achieve. Start by talking to your partner, family, friends and telling them that you are looking to do something different and exploring ideas. This is also a great way to keep you accountable to yourself in terms of delivering on what is important to you.
If you need a little more help to kick start take a look at my #GameChangeHer collaborations and let’s get you taking action with impact.