I have coached numerous clients in this area and what I do know is: not listening to that voice that whispers to you is like living a slow death. It is stifling, has you feel small, drains your energy and can be depressing beyond belief. You won’t feel fully alive until you are listening and taking action. As Steve Jobs so eloquently shared:
“I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
If you have a dream or a vision of something you have always wanted to do, you may be plagued with the thoughts of:
• It sounds silly
• I can’t possibly make a living out of it
• I’m too old to switch careers
• I might fail so it’s wiser/safer to stay in a field I am good at
• It is ridiculous to leave a known stable career for something unknown
Please know those are common thoughts. And you wouldn’t be human if these didn’t cross your mind. However, don’t let these thoughts paralyze you. It is your one and only precious life and you get to choose how it will be used.
My recommendation to you is:
• STOP being willing to settle
• LISTEN to the voice whispering to you
• HAVE COURAGE to take action
And please know, not only have I coached and supported many clients on their journey to a career that they had only dreamed of before, but I also have been in your shoes and have a sense of what you may be going through. In my mid-thirties, I was introduced to the world of coaching and couldn’t believe that people could coach as a career! I knew I had to be a coach.
The problem was, however, that I had a stable, lucrative, fulfilling position with the biotech industry – a career that I never even contemplated leaving up to that point. So the voice spoke to me for many years before I would take it seriously. After all, who thinks about leaving such a good career? !!
The concept of leaving my biotech career was terrifying but that little voice inside me got louder and would not leave me alone and I felt like I was selling out on myself. Over a period of 5 years, in spite of the fear and uncertainty, I took the steps necessary to make a career change. At the age of 37, while still working full time in my biotech role, I went back to school to get my Masters in a coaching related field and then continued to get my coaching certification.
It was not easy. I had to make sacrifices (time, money, personal life, etc.) and those few years were hard but I knew I had no choice but to move forward toward my dream because otherwise I would die inside. I now have my own coaching practice and am thankful to myself for not settling, for listening to the voice within and having the courage to take action because I am now living my dream. I am happy. And my soul is smiling.
One of my favorite quotes that helped me tremendously during my career transition was by Anais Nin:
“And the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
I was no longer willing to be in a bud. It was my time to blossom. How about you? Isn’t it time for you to blossom? You can have the career you want. It is possible. It is attainable. And only you can take the first step.
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