Executive coaches like tackling self-talk. It’s that internal dialogue, telling us (in most instances) why something isn’t possible.
I have only worked for large companies since graduating. There is comfort in this, with its processes and operating rhythm. And getting paid when you take holidays or are sick.
Working for yourself is different. There is just you.
In momentary lapses of doubt, my inner voices whispers:
What does one do in these circumstances?
First, understand this is normal.
Second, accept that this is a passing thought.
Third, label this emotion.
Fourth, reframe this positively.
Finally, create some distance by referring to yourself in the third person.
So if you like me are considering career changes, be comforted that most of us fear change, are unsure how to make changes and unconsciously find ways to sabotage ourselves. Most career transitions take about three years and rarely take a linear path.
Give yourself permission to try something new. Finance planner and author Carl Richards is doing just that. Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time. After all, Leonardo da Vinci spent 16 years sketching and painting in Milan.
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