Day 1: The Re-Do Begins
OK. Let’s start here. The basic problem with changing careers–there’s two, actually:
- An overwhelming amount of stuff needs to be done
- An overwhelming fear tells you that you should give up before you even try
Let’s start with the second item first because truth is there’s no way around this one. I know I have to ignore these thoughts/feelings, or I won’t get anything done. I know this, but still.
I also know that whatever I think I want to switch over to, whatever value I think I might be able to share with others, well, that’s just going to stay in the abstract unless I get started. (Not to put too fine a point on it: no one cares about the abstract.)
It’s all about finding that first step. Since this blog hopes to be a shared journey, let’s try and answer some questions together:
- do you actually know what you want to do with yourself?
- can you see a job out there in the world that fits you?
- can you see yourself doing that job?
- MOST importantly, can you see yourself doing what needs to be done to get there?
If you can’t answer these questions (and even if you can), let’s try something. Let’s get a piece of paper out–yes, paper, not a computer. This is important. It’s important to feel that pen or pencil form these words. So, make a list of any and all jobs that you can think of. Don’t let yourself stop. Don’t let yourself judge. This is a freewrite–so let yourself be free.
Part of the reason I am writing this blog is that I am struggling to find my own way, so I’m doing this with you. It’s not easy. I know. My solution has been to be vague and hopeful—vague about what I want to do and hopeful that I will eventually figure it out some how. It’s not going to happen by waiting—not going to happen for me, and not for you, either.
So make that list, and if you are ok with it, pick some of your favorites and share in the comments. If you’re shy to do that, then sit back and tune in a couple days and we’ll compare notes.