Making the Career Shift (at Any Age)
Here are 5 tips for getting your career shift started (and getting past roadblocks)
Imagine yourself living your ideal career—already there. What does it feel like? What is your morning routine like? Who do you get to work with during the day and what do you get to create? Really think outside the box with this one!
If you’re considering a career shift, don’t let fears rob your success. Instead, realize that it’s OK to have fears (we all do). But, it’s important to understand why you are feeling this way. Usually, when we experience fear, it’s because we are about to do something new. When we introduce a new idea we haven’t done before, it can cause us to feel apprehension. The key is to keep going, despite your fears. Allow yourself to feel them, and then shift your mind away from your fears and into the reality you do want, that you’re creating.
Instead of getting stopped by societal pressure that tells us we have to achieve career success by a certain age, let’s explore a new story. Drop the “shoulds” along with other people’s expectations. Clear your mind of other people’s “stories” about what your life should be like. Let’s start with you. What do you want?
Here’s the deal: If you are considering a career shift, you’re never too old to change—no matter what anyone says. Don’t believe it? Think of these two examples of well-known professionals who made major life and career path changes after 50:
- Astronaut John Glenn is known as the first American space traveler to orbit the Earth—but at age 53 (over a decade after his space journey), he entered politics for the next 24 years as an U.S. senator of Ohio.
- “Grandma Moses” (Anna Mary Robertson Moses), didn’t start her career as an artist until age 78! But when she did finally start painting, she made millions (literally) off her work during the early 2000s. Before her days of artistry, her bread and butter work consisted of farm labor and housekeeping.
John Glenn and Grandma Moses didn’t just “get lucky.’ They practiced the secret to making changes happen: the power of the mind.
If you are unhappy with your current career situation, or even longing for more, there are 2 simple, profound and important truths to realize:
- You are never too old to make a shift (regardless of what others say—that’s their story, not yours).
- Your mind is your most important tool in making a change.
Here are 5 tips for getting your career shift started (and getting past roadblocks):
- Shift your mindset. Sandy Gallagher says, “the results that you are achieving are a direct reflection of the image of yourself you are holding. Improve the image and the improvement will automatically be reflected in your results.” Start by shifting one thought at a time. Start by shifting how you see yourself. Send yourself empowering, confidence-building, loving thoughts.
- Use the magic of attitude. Your attitude is almost like a thermostat for you thoughts. If you’re feeling negative and down, chances are, your thoughts need a shift (see, it all goes back to step 1).
- Remember your abundance. When making a career shift, it’s easy to let fears about money and security stop us. But thoughts run the show here as well. Use your thoughts to create an impression of increase in your mind. In other words, focus on the abundance you already have and that you are creating, instead of what you believe you don’t have.
- Create an environment that mirrors what you want. Surround yourself with friends and team members who mirror the types of people you want to collaborate with in your new career. Surround yourself with people who have achieved what you want to achieve, or who practice a positive mindset. Who you surround yourself with is essential!
- Get a mentor or coach who can guide you to a place in your career shift that is challenging to get to by yourself. Nobody said you had to do it alone. And, leaning on support actually saves you time, money, resources and energy in the long run, because you’re not trying to “figure it out” on your own.
If you’re considering a career shift or starting your own business, don’t know where to start, or simply want someone to talk through challenges and options with, get in touch with me today at firstname.lastname@example.org, connect with me on Instagram or visit my website.