Making A Success of a Career Change

It's fair to say that starting a new business, taking on a new team or department or starting your dream job, evokes every conflicting emotion you could think of - it's exciting but scary as anything at the same time. You want to succeed but fleeting images of doubt invade your consciousness - am I the person they think I am, can I do what they think I can do, are they going to like me? All of these thoughts rolled into one big bundle called YOU.

But there are a number of ways of looking at these events and how they affect us that can help us re-calibrate and get back on the wagon:

  1. Remember the reasons why YOU made the decision to do something different in the first place. Hold on to that thought.
  2. YOU were selected over anyone else to take on the task, role, team, department. Whatever the situation, YOU were selected and no-one else. Hold on to that thought too.
  3. We have total control over how we view this time in our career. Maintain your 'I CAN DO THIS' thinking and ignore any 'woe is me' thinking. If the latter crops up, throttle it and send it on it's way. It's unhelpful.
  4. Run with the change, take it by the horns and show it who's boss. Anything else is just not worthy of your time or brain cells thinking about it.
  5. If not US, who? If not NOW, when?  
  6. How lucky are we to have had the courage to say 'I'm going to do it' and actually do it. 
  7. Stay true to YOUR real needs. Don't be swayed if you feel that something is not right - do it your way (with responsible guidance) and give it your wholehearted everything.
  8. And best of all, in your life time you will never have to say "I wish I'd done that when I had the chance'. Because you DID it!

How has the different ways that looking at career change that you have initiated helped you?