Whether you want to change your job or change the company you work for, or even start your own business there’s ONE thing you absolutely must do – Change Your Mindset.
Most people think their qualifications or skills or network are the most important factors in how to change jobs and create the career of their dreams – WRONG! It’s our Mindset that determines the results we get in life. Your Mindset is made up of your beliefs, past experiences and associations you have about those experiences – good or bad!
You may not even realise how your Mindset has sabotaged you in the past or how it might continue to do so in the future. A great indicator of your Mindset is your life. If your life reflects all of your hopes and dreams and you are fulfilled and content, then I bet you have a great Mindset. If however, you look at your life and see areas that need definite improvement, then a shift in your Mindset is what’s required.
The good thing is the present state of your life is a result of who you ‘were‘ not who you ‘are‘ or who you ‘can be‘.
What Are Your Options? (Skills & Opportunities)
One of the exercises from my book I suggest trying is – write an opportunities list. Get a pad or blank sheet of paper and over the next week write down every skill you have, literally every skill. Then turn those skills into possible opportunities (see blow for examples). Don’t worry if you’re not an expert at something, and remember to consider ALL of the things you have some skill at – you don’t have to think about doing that thing as a full-time job. And include them even if you think you’d never want to earn money at it – just for the moment.
It will take at least a week to exhaust all of your skills/opportunities – talk with family members and close friends – they will be a mine of useful suggestions. You should aim to have at least 30 items on your list.
Consider things like:
SKILL - Your present job
OPPORTUNITY - could you be happier doing this in another company?
SKILL - Spin-offs of your present job
OPPORTUNITY - could you do another aspect of your job in another company?
SKILL - Able to cook
OPPORTUNITY – could you work in a restaurant or cafe?
SKILL - An interest in writing
OPPORTUNITY - could you write articles for magazines or information books?
SKILL - Coaching kids sports
OPPORTUNITY - could you offer one to one tuition?
SKILL - Work in volunteer group
OPPORTUNITY - could you work for a charity?
SKILL - Love to paint
OPPORTUNITY - could you sell art to galleries, art shops etc.?
The list is waaaay bigger than you will first imagine. As it grows, so will your excitement and confidence that you can get away from the job you’re in. This in turn will shift your Mindset about the possibilities in front of you.
This list of opportunities is only the first step. But before you go any further take a look at a little video I made to help you understand how the obstacles in your life can also become some of your opportunities.
Take a look here: “Obstacles = Opportunities”
If you have any questions about how I escaped the 9 – 5 workplace just leave a comment below.
PS: If this has whet your appetite stay tuned for my new eBook coming soon which goes into much more detail.