Time for a Change

This pandemic has impacted so many of us in our ability to earn a decent living.  We’re stifled in our homes and stifled in our careers.  It’s time for a change!

For some, the work they are currently doing is frustrating and unsatisfying.  We’re cloistered with work and family, perhaps simultaneously schooling children.  Or the opposite is true, we’re isolated and lonely. 

With all the extra effort we devote to keeping it together, we feel unappreciated. We’re left with a huge feeling of overwhelm; we feel powerless to change things.

And the very reason for this career, to make a difference in some meaningful way, has disappeared. Instead, the restlessness and discontent is increasing.  

Now, in this new year with glimmers of hope on the horizon, thoughts of career change are once again bubbling up.  

How to Find a New Career

This is a common feeling right now, so if this is you, know that you are not alone.  

I help my clients find their way through the unknown to clarify their path and shift in a new direction.  My clients dig deep to learn which change needs to happen, why it needs to happen, and what to do next in order to make it happen.

Making a change is necessary for peace of mind, yet we all know that uncertainly is still afoot. A radical leap can work, but it can also backfire. If there’s potential for a big payoff, there’s an equal potential for a big loss.  That’s the nature of risk.  

For some, finding a job is urgent. In those cases, grab the first thing you find and use it as a lifeboat. For others, a career change can be more intentional. 

You may or may not know your new direction, but my clients have proven to me that taking baby steps will always lead to desirable change.

Use these time-tested baby steps to uncover your new direction.

  • Clean something. Choose one thing to clean.  It could be a closet, a countertop, or an inbox. Maybe the kitchen sink.  By emptying, cleaning, and removing what no longer works, you are creating a space for something new to enter.  It doesn’t matter the size of the project, what matters is your attention. Shake up the energy by letting go of what no longer serves you.
  • Contribute. Find a way to give back. Share your gifts in some way. It can show up as volunteer work, it can show up as teaching someone a simple skill, it can show up as donating the junk you just cleaned out of that overstuffed closet.  This helps energy flow through you and invites inspiration and serendipity.
  • Get curious.  Now that the energy is not quite so stifled, what looks different now?  Where are you drawn?  How do you want to express it?  It’s helpful to journal at this point and a terrific technique for digging deep is to write those questions with your dominant hand and answer them with your non-dominant hand.  You’ll access a different part of your brain and discover your unique answers.

When we allow ourselves permission to explore making changes, it has to start with our immediate world.  Begin with where you are, start with what you have, and take baby steps.

2 Replies to "Time for a Change"

  • Ginger
    January 14, 2021 (6:19 pm)

    As I read your words, I hear a message that sounds like every one (or anyway, most) of your readers is stifled in unfulfilling or unsatisfactory jobs. Perhaps it IS your singular focus. If so, my comment are not relevant..

    But I keep thinking: is that the whole picture? When I read itI I keep thinking about those who have jobs but go to work every, day full of fear that this is the day I get canned. Or those who are independent agents whose customer base has dried up.

    There are so many facings to this situation! Could your message be reworded in a way that includes them?

    Or not. I have been known to reach too far sometimes.
    Don’t think you can reach them all.

    • Debra
      January 14, 2021 (7:14 pm)

      You’re so right, I’m primarily writing for those who are dissatisfied with their current work, and it could be for any of the reasons you outlined. Over the many years of coaching folks desiring a change in their career, I have learned that we stay stuck for way too long. Now, on top of the dissatisfaction, we have outside forces that are magnifying whatever discontent was already there. I truly want them to know that they DO have agency and that they CAN initiate change.

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