Two Excuses Keeping You From Changing Your Career

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making excusesAndy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Trying to bring about a huge change in your life can be extremely challenging. Trying to switch or change your career might seem like a daunting and impossible task. The following are a few things you might be saying to make an excuse and why you should ignore it.

It’s too late and you’d rather just stick to your old job: If you have been working for the same company for a while now, it might be difficult for you to consider leaving them. You might feel that you have put in too much time and effort to get to this point and a change in career won’t ever be worth your while. What you aren’t considering is that the more time you have invested in the current job, the more skills you must have acquired. This can lead to a smooth transition to another career where you’ll be able to use the same set of skills and then continue learning. In addition, plateauing in a job and losing your drive to be creative is a dangerous position. If you aren’t learning, you’re not thriving, and if you’re not thriving, you’re not fulfilling your ideal. So if you’re scared or bored, that is all the more reason to accept new opportunities or to seek them out. You have one life. Live it.

You don’t possess the skill-set for a new career: Most individuals usually are unaware of the range of skills they already possess as they suffer from a low self-esteem, causing them to undervalue their own marketability. Take into account skills you’ve gained not only from your previous job but also from your hobbies and your life experiences. Also, remember when you began the job you have now. Did you know everything you needed to know? Were you, “drinking from a fire hydrant?” Did you doubt that you’d be able to succeed? Did you feel overwhelmed? You most likely answered yes to at least one of these questions. That is normal. You should feel a bit intimidated when you begin a new experience. Just give yourself time, work hard and focus on the good things that you have.

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