OK, so you know that you want to love your career. But you also know that your current job situation just isn't cutting it.
You have explained these feelings at length, time and time again: to your partner, to your sister, to your best friends and even to a random person you met at the grocery store.
You complain about what your current job is missing, then sigh hopelessly, realizing hat you don't even know what your "dream job" is. Maybe it doesn't even exist?
Sure, you have a few ideas. You share them eagerly and frantically with others. But then, just as whoever you're talking to starts to get excited for you, you dump a bucket of cold water on the discussion by explaining how all of your ideas are impossible. Game over.
So you tend to finish up the conversation with a grand flourish of throwing your hands in the air and making some statement about winning the lottery. Unrealistic fantasy feels safer than actually considering alternative options, right? Does this sound familiar?
If so, for the sake of you, your career and everyone who is just a tad bit tired of hearing your frustrated career story, I am going to give you a tool to get you unstuck.
First, let's get one thing straight. Making a career change isn't as simple as applying for a library card. It is a special, deep and thoughtful journey into who you are, what is important to you and how much grit you have to make it happen. It is a true journey in that you will change, grow and face challenges. Prepare yourself for the long haul. Most people don't really give the process the gravitas it deserves.
Then, once you are appreciative of the journey, you will likely run up against some strong emotions. And that is where most of us get stuck. You might feel: