I am a big fan of the Law of Attraction and the teachings of Abraham-Hicks. You might know that they are famous for working with all sorts of emotions. However, I recently read an article in which they said that, in essence, there are only two types of feelings: you either feel good or you feel bad. How basic is that? And, I believe, this simple approach is behind the secret to why some people become successful at career change while others do not.
I have worked with enough clients to recognise the trend. There are those who have that “excitement, anticipation of great things happening to them and overall just expecting cool stuff” attitude towards their career change; read: “they feel good about it”. Then, there are those who “would like” to do something different but dread all the possible outcomes. They go through a whole list of “what-ifs”. What if I am too old, too young, overqualified, under-qualified, too fat, too skinny? Naturally, with all those potential disasters, they feel bad about a possible career change before they even start looking into it!
Which group do you belong to? Which group do you think succeeds at this life changing (and may I say life enhancing) transition process?
It isn’t all bad news; I am here to help and offer some useful tips on how to change from feeling overwhelmed and fearful to being more open-minded and allowing yourself to expect nothing but the best positive outcome.
1.) Preparation is the key. If you approached a career change as you would any other important project, you would put a lot of effort into all the phases that precede it, such as: seeking information, planning and choosing the best way to finalise it on time. Perhaps you remember from your days at school that when you prepared for an exam, you felt good about it, you felt ready to face it. The same goes for a career change: if you prepare properly, cover all the possible risks and take the step-by-step approach, you will feel better and more confident every step of the way.
2.) Think about the joy you can feel if you allow yourself to feel good about the change you are going to embark on. You have decided to go through the process anyway; why not enjoy it? Throw yourself into it with enthusiasm and decide to have fun along the way. Yes, it is possible to decide to have fun. After all, you are the one in charge; make the decision and go with it!
3.) It’s important to remember that when you feel good, good things come your way. When you are positive and go for a job interview, your attitude will shine through. If you exude good energy, your new potential customers will like it and they will probably buy from you. Feeling good is paramount to your success and it’s more fun, too!
No matter what career change stage you are currently in, it is never too late to change your attitude. If things are not going your way, you might do regular “mood checks”; feeling bad might be behind your lack of progress. Work on the way you feel, and watch what happens; it can only get better.
If you need a little help on your journey to more positivity and genuine belief in your career change success, get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org
©LB Coaching, 2013
This article provided courtesy of Natalie Ekberg, http://lbcareercoaching.com/
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