Opportunity is calling. Are you going to answer it?
You see, I recently took the leap from my 25-year career, to venture out on my own as a leadership and career coach. The opportunity was there and I was ready to take it. But, there were a lot of emotions behind my move.
My primary emotion was (and still is) gratitude. I truly believe you can’t do the next job without the ones before it. I am grateful for the experience, learning, and knowledge I gained on my last position. But this move was about going to something bigger that allowed me to serve more people. However, I am a very strategic person and needed to make sure I had all of my bases covered before I ventured out on this opportunity.
And let’s acknowledge that making a career jump is a big, bold move. And it can be exciting and scary all in the same breath. Ultimately, the next career opportunity needed to “be” right.
I gathered enough data to know that I could make the leap comfortably. I had my finances in order, a solid marketing plan and supports in place to help me make this transition into a business owner.
But there was something much larger than all of this. I had an opportunity to step toward a career that would allow me to serve more people than I could do in my “typical 9-5 job”. Knowing that was ahead for me and having the support at home, made this decision one that I simply had to run toward. This gave me an opportunity to say “I get to work” rather than “I have to go to work”. And as a coach who works with professionals who are ambitious about their careers as they create their next advancement opportunity, this was about me living my message.
How clear are you on what your career looks like in the next year?
Why is it important for you to advance your career?
What ways do you see yourself “stepping up” to lead?
When we embark on making a career change, we think, plan, strategize, gather information and determine what actions we want to take so we can step toward that goal of creating our next advancement opportunity.
What’s beyond this phone call? Drop me a comment below this post. I would love to hear from you.