I recently did a Facebook Live video on Career Transition with some Top Tips and a Q&A session for those of you who are thinking about making a big leap of some kind, the definition of which is obviously subjective. Hundreds of views later I’ve decided to consolidate everything into a blog post.
1) Surround yourself with like-minded people, those who really believe in you and what you’re doing, or just support you (even if they have no idea what you’re doing exactly). Emotionally and psychologically it can be challenging at times and what you don’t need around you are people encouraging you to play it small, safe, or project their own concerns onto you. This may therefore involve getting uncomfortable and being open to meeting new and different people. Get out there to make new friends and connections. People change an grow with time, paths may diverge, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s life
2) Take care of yourself! This is one that I’m continuously working on myself. Look at where you can improve on certain habits, for example your sleep, drinking enough water, nutrition, exercise, the time you spend on your phone…
Self-care is the foundation of everything, the importance of which cannot be overstated. If you’re not taking care of yourself then you literally have nowhere to go from there. It’s so easy, especially if you’re self-employed, to go one way or the other; either working non-stop and burning out (and for some of you that’s exactly why you left/are thinking about leaving the day job), or sitting around procrastinating and not doing very much as a result
3) Following on from the previous point, get some structure and key routines into your day, e.g. a workout first thing, meditation, post-lunch walk, reading for 30 minutes before lights out
4) Get some external accountability, especially if you know that you’re not somebody who isn’t always great at keeping your word to yourself. Join or create a group Mastermind – a group of people who are doing something similar to you. It may not be in the same industry but are on a similar path or journey to you, perhaps they’ve all recently left their day jobs too and/or at very early stages of launching their own businesses so that you’re all learning, sharing and supporting each other. I’ve been part of a Mastermind with three other incredibly inspiring women for the best part of a year now and its been incredible to watch each others growth and the progress that has been made
5) Get your own coach and/or mentor. What’s the difference? With a coach you’ll likely be working on the things that are in the way of your effectiveness and performance (or at least, in this example) – things that are blocking you, fears around public speaking, branching out on your own, dealing with change – a new environment, new people, or perhaps you’re up-levelling and are suffering from Imposter Syndrome with a new promotion. Whereas a mentor is typically someone who has a lot more knowledge and experience in your specific field. They’re more likely to tell you what to do and mainly support you by sharing their learnings. Where there could be overlap between a coach and mentor is that both can provide you with additional accountability and structure.
I’d love to hear your own thoughts, suggestions or experiences around this topic. Leave me a comment below.