When you’re trying to navigate a shift or change in your business or career, things can get a little wonky. Especially if you’re shifting from your corporate career into running a business or starting in a completely new industry.
After spending 15 years building a career in Financial Services I knew I wanted a change. Although I had no idea where to start, I was a smart, capable woman so I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to figure out.
It’s taken many iterations to get where I am today, working with clients globally as a Discovery Coach & Mentor, but it was far from an easy road.
The closer I got to finding the work I wanted to do, the more resistance and self-sabotage came out to play.
However one of the benefits of the false starts and iterations was that I realised there was a process I was going through with each reinvention. Now that I understand the stages, it’s much easier to navigate and see the excuses and hesitations for what they really are.
If you’re going through some phase of reinvention, these stages should bring some comfort to you too.
The first stage of reinvention is the realisation that where you are is no longer where you want to be. This can be a big one and a little scary, but it really is a vital part of your journey. Quite often we’ll go through life quite happy with the situation we’re in. But then something shifts, something within us changes and we realise that where we are is no longer right for us. We want more, but we don’t know always know why or what.
Don’t settle for where you are if it’s not where you want to be.
Now this stage can be really fun and exciting, but also pretty scary and unsettling. This is where you start to figure out what is working in your life and career, and what isn’t. This is a journey and a process, so don’t let the discovery phase put you off. It can be really hard to answer the ‘what do I really want?’ question. You really need to open your heart and mind to what’s possible and let yourself figure this out.
Just because you’ve come from one industry, doesn’t mean you can’t start in another. The trick with Discovery is to make sure you’re following your natural style, and paying attention to what’s important to you.
Harness your natural gifts, work with what comes naturally to you.
3. Fear & Doubt
Oh my lord! When you start to step away from your comfort zone and really go after what you feel inside is your path to take, it is so freakin’ scary. The fear, doubt and resistance just whacks you in the face. Sometimes it will sneak up on you and disguise itself as something else, other times it’s just blatant. This is part of the process and also shows you’re on the right path.
Don’t let fear steal your dreams.
You have to take action to get past the fear and the doubt. Without action you will get really stuck. You might try and figure everything out in your head, but that’s not going to work. You need to figure things out with momentum. Understand that fear and doubt will never leave you, but taking small steps forward will help you manage and overcome the roadblocks that pop up for you.
Confidence comes from knowing it’s OK to be a work in progress.
5. Coming Home
This is what makes it all worth it. This is the feeling of coming home, of feeling like you’re on the right path. It’s that inner feeling of contentment and relief. It’s a sense of release as you finally start to realise who you really are and what you’re really meant to be doing in the world. You’re happy and you know this is where you’re meant to be.
It’s OK to be who you want to be.
Now reinvention will occur at different stages of our lives and of varying degrees. It doesn’t always have to be a big shift, but it will always feel a little uncomfortable.
I’ve also noticed that it’s especially persistent when you’re starting your own business or using your own name, rather than hiding behind a company or brand. So be mindful of what’s really stopping you from pursuing your own reinvention.
Now that you’ve seen the stages of the process, let me know in the comments below where you think you’re sitting right now.