Written by Shirin Khamisa, Founder, Careers by Design
One important part of change is thinking about making a change.
Contrary to popular belief, daydreaming about what you want can pull you forward towards achieving your goal.
Ellen, a young lawyer, found that creating a powerful mental picture of herself as a partner and visualizing success helped her get through many gruelling nights at the office. It kept her excited about her future.
Picturing success prepares us for change. It also dampens some of the anxiety about moving forward into something new.
Even though thinking about change is a critical part of the change process, many people find themselves stuck in the thinking stage. In fact, by the time most people come in for career counseling, they have been thinking about their situation for months or even years.
Thinking about what you want without taking action steps can be paralyzing and leave you feeling stuck. To speed up the change process, it’s important to start or continue taking the right action steps.
Even if you have to begun taking action steps you may have encountered roadblocks that have prevented you from moving forward. Other common obstacles to taking action include: being afraid of making a mistake, not knowing what to do, or not knowing what you really want.
Knowing what’s really holding you back and dealing with it will get you unstuck. Change can be hard and if you’re struggling, I guarantee there are good reasons for it.
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Hi! I'm Shirin and I founded Careers by Design over ten years ago and have spent many more years helping people to get “More Happy Mondays.” I’m a caring Career Counsellor and ICF Certified Professional Coach. I specialize in assisting clients to choose a career direction, resolve career-related issues and increase feelings of happiness in life and work. Let's create More Happy Mondays! Find out more at Careers by Design.