The New Year always brings new and exciting things! It is a time to overcome the obstacles in your life such as relationships, lifestyle, and your career. In order to overcome obstacles in your career, you have to keep positive outlook and start creating goals that you can be proud of. No matter what your story is, use the New Year as a time to examine yourself and your job search. Having the right outlook is the key to determining where obstacles will lead you.

It’s time to make an assessment and begin to set early goals. You may wonder, am I really ready for a career transition? How can I best prepare myself for a change? But even before you delve into the components of a satisfying career, it helps immensely to cultivate a healthy and positive mental outlook. People who are successful at making a change are the ones who are willing to overcome their fears, doubts and insecurities in order to make it happen. You, too, can be one of these people…

Keep these preliminary tips in mind as you use the New Year to move forward on your path to a more fulfilling and rewarding career!

1. Commit yourself to making a change. Something that is incredibly important to any change you make in your life is your level of commitment. You have to be committed. How committed are you to finding a career that fits, on a scale from 1-10? If it’s not at a 10, what do you need to do to move it up the scale? The time to ask yourself key questions is now. Do your research, so you know what questions to keep in mind. Explore career websites. Take personality tests.

2. Learn to overcome obstacles. To be successful in changing career paths, you need to learn to overcome obstacles you will encounter along the way. The obstacles I see time and time again for people wanting to make a career change are: not knowing what to look for in a job (so they take one that is “good enough” that they don’t truly enjoy) and negative beliefs–not believing they can successfully make the change.

3. Get support. I was able to very successfully make my career transition into coaching in large part because of my own coach. She helped me create my plan, remain positive, move forward, identify what I wanted to do and learn to overcome obstacles.

4. Claim your life. My last thought for you… is to claim your life. There never is a perfect time to make a drastic career change, and you can always come up with excuses/reasons not to. You do need to take some kind of risk and perhaps step out of your comfort zone. The key is to minimize the risk and be smart about it.

The people I know who are successful in finding a career they love are not people who avoided failure or didn’t have obstacles, but people who knew how to overcome those failures and obstacles!!

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