Follow Your Bliss: Inspiration for Creating Change Big or Small
If you haven’t heard the exciting news, I’m walking away from a 17-year career to start a new one. And as exciting as it is, I’m also downright terrified.
It wasn’t an easy decision, but I’ve had plenty of inspiration that I hope will help you make changes big or small. But you can do it, too, and the sky is the limit. I know everyone says that, but if I can do this, trust me, ANYone can, even you.
I’ve wanted to make a career change for a long time now. I’ve been working in the same field for nearly 15 years. Almost half of that time I spent with one company. In most people’s eyes, I’ve had a fairly successful run of things. I’ve taken on more responsibility and more money with each job.
But eventually, I felt burnt out. I no longer enjoyed my job, the deadlines, the commute. There is nothing worse than waking up each day and not looking forward to what awaits you. I spent anywhere from 40-60 hours a week at a job that I eventually learned to loathe.
That should be inspiration enough to move on, right? Well, it can get comfortable bringing home that paycheck, racking up vacation time and 401K dollars, and commiserating with the same folks, day after day.
Read Between The Lines
While I’ve finally turned down a different path, it was quite a process to get here. Years ago I remember reading Dr. Susan Jeffers best-selling self-help book, Feel The Fear And Do It Anyways.
After racing through it cover to cover, I thought my life had changed forever. I may have handled myself differently in different situations, but looking back, I don’t believe I made any monumental breakthroughs at that time in my life. But it’s okay. I think maybe it planted the seeds for creating great change down the road.
Creating Powerful Experiences
In my late 20s, I attended the BASIC and PSI VII events at PSI Seminars. These were game changers for me. They truly opened my eyes to seeing things differently. This helped me catapult my excitement for change, and I left feeling refreshed and energized for everything that came my way.
There’s Tony Robbins and women’s only events, yoga weekends and women’s only retreats. What do you want to get out of a workshop? Do a little digging. I guarantee you’ll find just what you’re looking for. It’s a great way to bond with others looking to make similar changes and to create a network to keep in touch with long after the event is over.
Try It On For Size
I thought about entering the skincare and beauty industry years ago. I was all wrapped up in my corporate career, but one year, in between jobs, I went and got a front desk job at a local day spa to see what I could learn.
I ended up working for the company for 5 months before I got a call to come back to corporate life. But it gave me a taste of what the industry could be like.
You could also look for part-time hours in another field, just to get a taste. I used to work part-time in retail at a high-end clothing store just to get a discount. I ended up spending more money there than I made at the store! But I had an amazing wardrobe!
I became a rep for Miessence a little over a year ago. I was looking for my own organic skincare to use daily and once I found the company, I was so impressed that I wanted to share it with everyone! Promoting Miessence is my part-time gig, but it helped fuel my desire to explore a new career in skincare.
Talk About It
Try to find an in. There’s always a way. Look for introductions from friends and colleagues or connections on LinkedIn. Seek out advice from anyone you admire in the field, and don’t be afraid to call on people if you don’t know any.
Most people are flattered to have someone seek their advice. When I was thinking about a career in the beauty industry, I spoke to my own practitioners, I went and visited vocational schools, I discussed my ideas with my boyfriend, friends and family, and I kept the dialogue open for several years.
These people are now my mentors. It took me many conversations, emails, and phone calls to help me make my decision. But talking it through so thoroughly really helped me to see things from all angles and feel empowered to finally make the change.
Take a Leap of Faith
In the end, I was excited about my new direction, even though I still wasn’t 100% sure. It was super scary to walk away from my 15-year career, the friends I made at work, the paycheck and benefits – essentially I am starting all over again.
But finally I just decided to take the leap and ever since I made the decision, I have felt more free, more relaxed and happier! Yes, even with very little income at the moment, I feel happier. Just having finally make a decision feels good.
I don’t know where I’ll end up in this industry, but I’m excited to find out.
Don’t Stop Believing
There is no magic to making change. What I’ve learned is that we all have to find those experiences, those mentors and that motivation. Your path is going to look very different from mine (I hope!). And just because I’m making a big change doesn’t mean I’m done evolving. Not by a long shot.
Keep dreaming, keep reaching, keep asking the important questions and eventually, your small steps will eventually lead you to the top of the staircase. You will get there.
What changes would you like to make in your own life? What changes are you making in your life that could inspire others? What’s holding you back? What’s one thing you can do today to help you feel like you’re doing something about it?