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Overcoming Paralysis: How To Get Out Of Your Own Way

So you’ve decided that you want to change careers BUT:

(1) you are so overwhelmed with the enormity of it all that you do what seems easiest….nothing.

(2) Or, you’re sure that you will make your BIG move, right after you finish researching it thoroughly or run the idea past a few more people or write the perfect business plan or develop a website or re-write your resume or yadda yadda yadda, which ultimately results in you doing…nothing.

(3) Or, you just don’t have enough money, enough support, enough education, enough time, enough courage, enough yadda yadda – to make the moves that you KNOW you need to make so you do….nothing.

Starting to see a pattern here??

Here’s the deal – there is no perfect path to career success.  There are bumps in the road, twists and turns, starts and stops, and sometimes dead-ends. But in order for you to get to where you want to be, you have to actually get on the road!  That means, you must take deliberate, results-oriented steps in the direction of your goals in order to make progress.

I’ve heard some very well-known “coaches” encourage people to just “take action”.  They say, “Any sort of action is fine  as long as you are  doing something” – (insert hamster and wheel here). I am not a fan of doing “stuff” for the sake of doing something. I think that’s bad advice. Get out of “busy-ness” and get down to business!  I want you to take a long, hard look at all of the actions you have taken in your career transition journey and if they have not resulted in progress – actually moving you closer to your goal, then your actions have been futile and in vain (sorry, but it’s true).

So here’s what you need to do:

(1) Make a list of all of the steps you think you need to take to reach your career transition goal and assign each action a time limit.

(2) Share your plan with someone you trust – that way, you will be held accountable for meeting your deadlines.

(3) When you accomplish each activity on time, reward yourself. Choose an assortment of small rewards and assign one to each activity. Make sure they are things that you can enjoy almost immediately, so that you can get back to work as soon as possible on the next activity.

Now stop reading and get to work!! :-)

6 Responses so far.

  1. Labelle says:

    I totally agree that you should share your plan with someone else to be accountable for the goals and deadlines. Create a career change plan like a business plan.

  2. Albertina says:

    I totally agree with all that you said above. This post is enlightening to us. Thank you for sharing this post to us.

  3. Dez says:

    The coaches are right, taking ANY kind of action is better than nothing. The laws of inertia apply here too.

  4. Cade says:

    That’s not just logic. That’s raelly sensible.

  5. I’ve changed careers twice in the past 7 years, in both cases I was self-employed. Each time I dove in full time with no backup. I find the gut-wrenching terror of failure and becoming homeless is very motivating. I’m not sure if I had done these new careers in my spare time if I ever would have made them a success. I admit, it’s not for everyone, but it worked for me. :)

  6. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the share!

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