You know you've found your calling in life when you see it everywhere. By that, I mean you observe everything through the lens of the problem you are trying to solve. For example: in my case, I enjoy analyzing why Americans look at their careers and change them. As a result, I find myself seeing a corrolation to career satisfaction everywhere.
Career Change Isn't Complex or Difficult...It's Just Scary:
Switching careers isn't as tough as people make it out to be. In fact, our "new normal" is to have several careers in our lifetime. Like it or not, we all will change careers more than once. Ask anyone who has successfully made the change and they'll reflect and tell you this: It wasn't rocket science, but it was scary. Our fear of failure is so great, we'd rather stay in the unhappy but familiar situation we are in than risk going after something else and not succeed. It's not until the pain is so intense that most of us take action. Sadly, it seems for most people, only when the fear of not changing becomes worse than the fear of trying that career change finally happens.
20 Seconds of Courage = The Secret to Success
Why? Every powerful thing you can do to alter and/or improve your career takes a mere 20 seconds of courage to put into action. Don't believe me? Then check out these high-pay off activities:
•Pick up a phone and dial an old colleague, or potential new employer.
•Send a personalized request to connect.
•Introduce yourself at a networking event.
•Say your personal brand/elevator pitch to a stranger.
•Ask for a meeting.
The interesting thing about the actions above is none will hurt you. Okay, so maybe you won't get the response you had hoped for, but not a single one of them will harm you physically. Meanwhile, all of them can help your career. They aren't hard, just scary. All it takes to overcome the fear is 20 seconds of courage.
Challenge: 20 Seconds A Day Keeps Career Failure Away!
What if everyone reading this article experimented with giving 20 seconds of courage each day to a career development activity? That's a mere 1/4,320th of our day. What would happen?
I challenge you! Grab 20 seconds of courage today and use it on your career.