If the thought of launching into a new career fills you with an equal measure of excitement and nervousness, relax – you are not alone!
Giving up the security of a regular job can be daunting. When I jumped off the corporate ladder to start my own business, it felt like I was letting go of everything that was safe and familiar – and it was nerve-wracking!
But even before you make the move, there are things you can do in preparation that will increase your chances of success and actually living the life of your dreams.
Write a plan
So you might be thinking that a plan can be so restrictive – ugh. Its not, plans are road maps that steer you in the direction of your dreams. Don’t spend another year aimlessly wondering!
Remember, plans can change depending on what happens in life, ideas that spring to mind or the directions that you find along the way. But without a plan, you will just keep thinking about it. A plan with a deadline will challenge you to achieve what you want.
I am a planning queen – if it’s not in the diary, it’s not happening! So when I decided to hop off the corporate ladder and start my own business, I asked myself some simple questions. Firstly, where did I want to be? What steps did I need to take to get there?
I researched the practicalities: what study would I need, where could I gain experience? I picked the brains of people who had already made big career changes.
Then, (and very importantly!) I planned the biggie: how to prepare myself financially.
Get financially fit
Now that you’ve got the plan of how you are going to make your dreams come true with a deadline, it’s time to work out how to financially support them.
You’ve got a new life to create – the last thing you want to be worrying about is how to pay the mortgage or put food on the table!
I devoured books and articles on how to save money. I began with doing an audit of everything I spent money on for a month, and then cut out what I thought I could live without.
Then I looked at what I already had. I did a 30 day de-clutter challenge and ended up with a pile of 500 items that I sold online and at second hand markets – and banked the cash. I changed my mindset from spend, spend, spend to save, save, save. If you really want it, you are going to find a way to get the money to do it!
Surround yourself with the right people
When you make big changes in life, there are always two kinds of people: those who ‘support’ your decision by warning you about the dangers and talking about risk and failure, and those who inspire, encourage and support your dream.
I don’t need to tell you who to listen to, do I? I kept my dreams to myself when I was around negative people – there’s too much positive to focus on anyway!
Surround yourself with people who are on the same journey as you. You can help each other stay focused, give each other advice, and of course celebrate your victories together!
Give yourself a deadline
Putting your goals on a timeline is a great motivation to get to work now. It might mean working on the weekends, studying in the mornings, cancelling a few social outings – but it’s when you really start putting your whole heart into achieving your dreams, that you know you are ready to make the leap!
Find a coach
There are times when what you need more then just a cheer squad from those who support you, but truthful and honest advice from someone who is not emotionally involved. A coach can be that person.
Coaches can work with you to map out your plan by helping you identify your purpose and passion, and what steps you need to take to achieve them. They can also provide you with a different perspective that you never thought would be possible.
Importantly, they will hold you accountable. Which means helping you do the work so that you can get to where you want to go quickly!
I wouldn’t have got where I am today without the help and guidance of a number of coaches. They helped me turn my dream life into my actual life. And now I help others do exactly that.
If you need help connecting your passion and purpose, check out my website or drop me a line. I’d love to get you to where you most want to be!