Did you start your career change, feeling super proud of yourself, and you quickly stalled because you stopped taking action and didn’t know what to do next? Did you rush out the starting gates, throwing yourself into a career change programme? You took notes, you listened carefully and you even started taking lots of action that got you excited and felt good.
Then you STOPPED. You were tired. You figured you’d take a little break. But the little break got bigger and bigger. Now it’s an enormous ‘thing’ and you don’t know where to start?
REIGNITE CAREER CHANGE INTENSIVE MASTERMIND: reignite your career change!
In this Reignite experience you will get back into action, create new momentum for your shift, recharge your inspiration and create opportunities to brainstorm ideas, challenge your assumptions (all those ways your thinking is holding you back) and reignite your own support network.
I’ve performed on stage since I was little. I’m always VERY nervous every time I perform alone on stage. Like, ‘how many times can I go to the bathroom before the show’ nervous . I know what it’s like to feel scared and vulnerable AND show up anyway.
I joined a virtual embodiment class today (dance with a difference). I hadn’t thought ahead but when I had to choose with or without camera I chose ‘without’.
I thought this a good choice. I didn’t know if I’d like it and actually I really wanted to have it on in the background while I did other stuff. I was definitely in for a passive experience!
Until the leader asked us repeatedly to turn cameras on.
Argh! I felt SO uncomfortable! I refused five times before I turned it on – moving so I couldn’t be seen.
As the dancing began I felt more and more comfortable and slowly edged my way onto the screen. The vulnerable openness of all those going for it in their dancing made it feel OK. Safe space.
No rules, no steps to get ‘right’ just dancing for the experience – being in my body.
It was SOOOO much fun!
Here’s an invitation: do something different TODAY to let yourself be more than you’ve been before.
Yes, I’m ultimately responsible for choices I make about what I do, how I do it and when I do it. Like tonight, when I chose to work a little after pausing for play, dinner, bedtime and a good crime drama. I decide where I put my energy. I do not work in isolation.
There is nothing ‘solo’ about me or my work.
I know I’m at my best when I’m surrounded by other people who support me, challenge me, inspire me, guide me, assist me and who I can do the same for in return. Like my own personal board of directors. Not every second of every day but there if I need them. My crack squad!
I get such deep joy from sharing with other people in that way and it’s incredible powerful when it flows both ways. That joy creates its own wonderful energy and momentum. I’m more likely to take action when I’ve got people who get ‘it’ and get me to act as a sounding board, to call me out if I’m not standing in my own courage.
All of that leads to action – to success.
I’ve felt really inspired this year from stepping into new collaborations, creating my own squad and playing in spaces like mastermind groups where I’ve been able to show up fully as me in all my vulnerable glory – to not only give but to receive.
Stepping off the beaten track of a known career path or changing to an entirely different career, takes courage, determination and the ability to get up when things don’t go the as planned. I’ve seen the same in the many successful career changers I’ve worked with.
Courage here is not an absence of fear. Its origin is ‘cor’, the Latin for heart. In its earliest form: ‘To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart’ – to be open to feeling vulnerable. I know vulnerability is one hell of an icky word, and it’s been very popular to throw around, AND stepping off the beaten career track means getting comfortable (or at least not fighting against) with feeling vulnerable.
Vulnerable because you don’t know where you’re going when you start out. Vulnerable because many people around you in your work or life won’t get it (no matter how many times you explain). Vulnerable because when you take an undefined path you will make mistakes.
Vulnerable because one of the most important things you can do as you step out is to get people in your corner who can support you, challenge your assumptions and information from their own experience of the world – you’ve got to get real!
Who can you invite into your corner today?
‘Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage’ – Anais Nin.
I love staring at the sky on a blue-sky-fluffy-cloud kind of day. I don’t ever remember a time when I didn’t stare at the amazing shapes they make and conjure up animals, faces, mythical creatures and more from the clouds. I used to lie down and look-up and wait for the right shapes to emerge.
I even went to an amazing piece of outdoor theatre as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival a few years ago which involved lying on giant bean bags staring at the sky while a slightly eccentric lady read anecdotes and scientific facts about clouds. Unfortunately for her the sky was a perfect blue with barely a whisp of cloud in sight . She covered it well.
Watching the clouds form into unique shapes is something I’ve done my whole life. It’s not only about allowing my creativity to run rife. It’s also the feeling of being so small and insignificant compared to the incredible vastness of the sky. I catch my breath, I feel bigger, more spacious somehow, more grounded (funny that ). And I’ve squeezed it into tiny gaps, often almost missing the opportunity to notice them at all.
It’s easier when it’s warmer. I love grabbing a blanket and lying down with small to cloud spot even though she’s really too young and it usually ends (as most games do) with mummy as a human climbing frame. Or when I’m doing the washing up and staring into the garden and the sky beyond. Breathing space.
Today I spotted them on a walk, a brief moment in the midst of the latest game to get us round.
What are you missing out on because you’ve stopped noticing?
PS there’s no prize, but what did you spot in the clouds…?