How’s your year going so far, can you believe we’re in March already?! If your New Year’s resolutions have taken a wobble, or even seem like a dim and distant memory, the spring can be a brilliant time of year to start making those changes you want in your life.
Many of my private clients come to work with me on changing their career path and even setting up their own businesses. Often the initial challenge that I see is a feeling of overwhelm. I remember feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options available to me and the pressure to make the right decision. What if I don’t like doing ‘x’? What if I fail and get into debt? What if I choose the wrong option? Where do I even start?!
There are several different techniques to help reduce the overwhelm and break things down into manageable chunks, but I thought I’d share how I got started as it was a pretty simple place to begin and covered a lot of bases. I took a massive piece of paper and wrote down everything I enjoyed in my life, what I thought I might be good at, what interested me, what made me happy, what made my heart race a little.
With my clients, I also get them to write down and consider who they want to be as a person, what traits do they want to develop? Who do they need to be in order to achieve what they want? (Click here to download a free video on this!)
Then I ask them what their purpose is, their ‘why’, if you like. It’s your passion and purpose that I believe are the greatest contributors to loving your job or career. If you don’t know why you’re doing what you’re doing how are you going to stay motivated? I’m not talking about the need to pay the mortgage, go on holiday or have a nice car - that’s the treadmill syndrome; working in the job you are because you need to pay the mortgage and keep the car on the road that gets you to that job. It’s a circular set-up that many of us feel trapped in. By really looking at what makes you genuinely happy and what you’re genuinely passionate about is usually a very good indicator of what you will enjoy doing and be good at and be able to earn a living from.
The simplest and most effective tip I can give anyone is, listen to your heart and then have the courage to follow it. If you start to feel the fear and find yourself going down the ‘what if?’ route then go back to your best case scenario. Keep your focus there and move forward one step at a time.
There is so much truth behind the energy and thoughts we put out there creating our reality. From an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) perspective, what we think leads to how we feel and how we behave and that is mirrored in those around us.
So if your focus is on your best case scenario you'll be thinking and feeling positively about what you want and the energy you put out there behind that will create your new reality.
I'm sending you lots of positive and creative vibes to help you!
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