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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step.”
—Lao Tzu

The Hustle

There is a daily newsletter I absolutely love to read, it’s called, “The Hustle.”  Recently, they reached out to their older readers for career advice. You can read the entire article at 50 Pieces Of Life Advice From People Over 50.

Four of their sage advisors had this advice.

1. “No one but you can be honest about what it is you really, truly want to do and be.  Go after that now while you have the energy, the time and the health of youth.”  ~Steve

7. “Everybody is probably telling you that you can’t do whatever it is you really want to do. Screw them… Do what you want. No, really. If you fail, so what?” ~Henrietta

19. “You’re going to get older no matter what, so you might as well spend the time doing what you know you’re meant to do.” ~Danny

29. “Your life will never be simpler than it is today. Don’t wait to pursue your passion.” ~Mark

Note: I have paraphrased them (please read the entire article).  But in all cases, this advice requires self-confidence.

Also, in a recent Facebook post, the Proprietor of Hustle, Sam Parr, had this to say about evaluating risks (e.g. changing careers).

1. Write out the risks you are considering.

2. Make a list of the most likely worst-case scenarios.

3. Address each and decide if you could live with each one and still be happy. If not, see if there are possible solutions.

I recommend that you also read this entire article to see some of the great examples he provided.

So, what does “self-confidence” mean in the context of a career?

Forbes’ said:

“In order to build something better for your future, you have to change the way you see yourself and how you operate and tell a completely different, more empowered, positive story about your trajectory and what you have to offer.  Until you can do that, you just won’t create the success you long for —either in landing a great new job or changing career directions.”

According to MindTools, two ingredients necessary for self-confidence are:

1. Self-efficacy: mastering skills and achieving related goals, and

2. Self-esteem: the general sense that you can cope with the events of life.

In other words, this self-confidence thing is not only about affirmation and positive thinking. Setting and achieving goals is necessary to improve self-confidence.  In my view, this is the secret sauce and has a compounding effect on your success.

Certainly, you have self-confidence and self-esteem.  And, it is important to take inventory of goals you have achieved that have given you confidence. And, when you begin to set and achieve the new goals you establish for yourself, you will also increase your level of self-confidence and self-esteem.

And you probably already know that you can’t improve your self-confidence and self-esteem by waving a magic wand.  If that were the case, I would waive the wand for you.  You know that it is going to take some work on your part to make it happen.  The good news, though, is that both self-confidence and self-esteem are things you have at some level.

I recommend the development of a formal career transition plan, a tool that has you set goals which when completed, begin to increase confidence.  I call this tool the Career Escape Plan and it is foundational to my approach to a successful and less painful career transition.  Stick with me, I will teach you how to create this.

Can I develop greater self-confidence and self-esteem?

Again, yes you can! Anything you have, you can develop —and you must.  The daunting journey of changing careers is going to require a lot of confidence development.  It is every bit as important, for example, as improving your interviewing skills. In fact, I am sure you will agree that an increase in confidence will dramatically improve your interviewing skills.

Be forewarned though, there will be naysayers. At some point, you will likely develop “impostor” syndrome.  This is where you begin to doubt yourself and your ability to do what it is you are contemplating.  You will question how you ever thought you could be successful in the new career.  But, as you increase self-confidence, the gremlins telling you this will become quieter.

So, how do we do develop self-confidence and self-esteem?

My super-simple Three-Step Strategy

Download this free resource to increase your self-confidence and self-esteem.

1. Examine what you believe:  If there is something that is hurting your self-confidence, change it.  If you are saying to yourself, “I can’t make a career change because of some obstacle, then seek out a solution to that roadblock.

2. Learn everything you need know about what it is you are contemplating:  It might be how to identify transferable skills.

3. Take action by creating a plan: Map out a career escape plan.  As we move forward, I will provide the tools you need to do this.

Think back on a time in your life when you had the confidence to do something. Maybe it was running your first 5K.  Or, maybe it was speaking in public. Ask yourself if these three elements were part of the solution?  I’ll bet they were.

In future blogs, we will dig deeper into all of this and I would love to hear about those strategies that have worked for you.  Kindly send me a note.

So, here’s the key to building or improving your self-confidence and esteem: It is the act of taking action. With each small individual task you complete, your confidence and esteem will improve.

Self-confidence and self-esteem are critical to your success. You can improve both by taking the first step.

Here are three easy first steps, one of which you can do NOW!!!

  • Complete the career assessment.
  • Take some personality and career assessments.
  • Complete the three-step strategy worksheet.

Why am I providing this free advice?

Life is too short to be in the wrong career —we both know that. I want to share with you what I have learned from personal experience in a career spanning 40 years and multiple career transitions.  I have significant experience in transforming and rebranding myself. To learn about my story, check out my bio.

With every step you take you will get closer to your ultimate goal and I can assist.

I am also creating a program for those who may need more professional career transition help. I plan to launch the program at the year’s end —more to follow on that.

Take care till next week,

Bob

www.fixmycareernow.com
bob@robertbaird.us

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