Downtown Los Angeles. 31st floor of the Arco Tower. New suit and tie. Shiny leather briefcase at my feet…and there’s that voice again!
“There’s gotta be more than this…WHAT ELSE is out there?!”
These were a few of the questions I started asking myself about 9 months in to my first job post college. Aged 23, I’d entered the world of Banking and Finance long enough to realize I didn’t want to stay. I didn’t want to be “stuck” behind a desk for the next 10-15 years.
It wasn’t that I disliked the work or the people I was working with. I was simply curious about what other opportunities were out there. What was next for me. To make matters worse, working with other people’s money all day was taking more energy than it was giving. You could say that the bad had started to outweigh the good…
Granted, this was at the beginning of my career journey – I didn’t have a lot to lose. Nevertheless, it took a lot of courage to do what I did next – see video below.
Do you ever feel stuck in your current job? Or like you’re ready for something new – new job role, new company, new profession perhaps?
If you’re not sure how you feel, ask yourself this simple question (energy test):
At the end of the day, do I feel energized or depleted?
Doesn’t leave much room for grey does it.
Regardless of your exact work situation, you’ve got to have the energy for it. If you don’t, you’re running straight for a wall…and fast.
Over my 25 year career, I have managed to successfully pivot on four different occasions. I know what job dissatisfaction feels like. I’ve been there. I also know how scary it is to leave something comfortable and safe. I’ve been there too.
Most of all, I know how good it feels to move away from work you don’t enjoy and start doing something that fires you up.
Here are 3 SUCCESS FACTORS that helped me make my first career pivot 24 years ago:
Incidentally, I managed to successfully pivot on three more occasions after this one – ones where I did have SOMETHING TO LOSE.
If the current business climate is holding you back from making your next career move, these 5 steps will help you prepare with confidence.
TAKE ACTION TODAY
Yes, the future is unknown. Things are not going back to “normal” anytime soon. But, it’s a great time for you to reflect on where you are now and where you’d like to go next.
If you’re unhappy or dissatisfied with your current work situation, your well-being depends on your ability to pivot away from it.
Don’t delay, take the energy test today today!
P.S. If you’d like help identifying and developing YOUR SUCCESS FACTORS, I invite you to check out my KICKSTARTER 1-to-1 coaching program and see if it’s the right fit for you.