Is It Time for a Change?
I come from a long history of doctors or lawyers in my family. So that's what I did. And now, I hate to admit, I feel I never had a choice in my career and I want to do something different.
It's hard to admit to yourself, I know…
Let's see if this is what's going on for you these days:
- My family is in the same line of work, therefore, that's what I did.
- Looking back I never felt like I had a choice when it came to my career.
- I'm not sure if I really want to do something totally different or just experience a little freedom to explore what I want, and who I've become after all these years.
- Sometimes I think about exploring a more spiritual life, but I fear that I might end up needing to leave my hard earned salary if I really got into it.
- I worry about what my friends, family and loved ones would think if I ever did make a change.
- I really want what I do at work to be more in alignment with my personal and spiritual values.
- I have no idea how to incorporate these ideas without disrupting my life, and so I'm at a standstill.
- I'm ready to explore my options.
What You're Doing Is No Longer Working for You
After spending many years in academic pursuit of your current career, then working even harder to make a name for yourself and a good life for you and your loved ones, it's a hard pill to swallow to realize that you're not as fulfilled in your career as you thought you might be.
It's Time to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
The number one mistake people like you can make is believing your current career is "the way" it's always been done and therefore not entertaining other possibilities. I can relate to being trained extensively, as a clinical psychologist, in a certain way of thinking. We therapists can certainly grind our heels in one type of philosophy or therapy style. On top of all this, if your family has also been entrenched in one type of career mentality, it can be difficult to get out of this mind-set. The bottom is this: You need to step toward what you want and that will require courage.
Don't Be Fooled by the Comfort Zone Steps
If you're reading this far, then you've probably already made a few inquiries into a few options. Perhaps you've bought a few books on creating your future, spoken to colleagues who seem more fulfilled or maybe you've even signed up for a class here and there. This is a great first step and in the right direction. However, the problem is that without the proper support you're finding yourself taking a few steps forward and many steps back into your comfort zone. This is the equivalent to putting your toes in the water and never really going for a swim to test the conditions. You're not going far enough to taste any real possibility.
A Smarter Approach to the Traditional "Leap of Faith"
It is possible to make a change in your career and lifestyle that creates more fulfillment, excitement and more money, without upending your personal and professional life. This is the case for my clients and even for my own life as a psychologist and professional coach. I've been able to combine more of what I've love, my growing interests and leverage my skills to provide a new service that really lets me be me. No more settling. (And my wife and children are happier for it too!) With the right support and direction, you'll find it much easier to keep going and finally see results you've only fantasized about.
Take a Smarter First Step
The first step to knowing what you want to do is to allocate some time to flesh out your thoughts, ideas and concerns. This could take a long time on your own as it's hard to not to be influenced by what others think (especially if you're talking with family, friends and co-workers about this). To be true to yourself and your values, you need to talk with someone who can keep an eye out for what you want, give practical suggestions and help you get clear without influencing you towards "their opinion." With the right support, you'll find the answers you've been looking for.
Ray Angelini, Ph.D., Can Show You How to Work Smarter —
and Live Better
With over 16 years' experience as a psychologist in private practice I understand human behavior and what drives us to make the choices we've made in life. As a professional coach I teach others how to make choices that are in alignment with their values and to experience a life of greater ease at work and at home. I show those ready for a career change how to attract a position that is better suited to their skills, talents and work experience. Having made changes in my own career that took guts, wisdom and a little daring, I can relate to the daily challenges of going for what you want and balancing a home life (you know, paying the bills, kids, a wife — life!).
Find Out If This Is for You
I invite you to contact me to share your own challenges, ask key questions and talk about possible solutions. We'll discuss your situation and goals and I'll give you an experience of what it would be like to have a Smarter Approach to making a change in your career.
All you have to do is take the First Step.