Thinking about changing careers and trying your hand at something new? That’s terrific news! I’ve personally navigated a few career transitions and with each one I had to step back and consider a few things. I know that part of my success in making each career move is due in part to these considerations.

A new career is a wonderful chance to reinvent yourself and create a more fulfilling, successful, and meaningful life. However – before you make any major decisions, answer the following three questions to make sure your new path is the right choice for you:

  1. Who am I? Before you make a career transition, it’s important to increase your self-awareness so you can be sure you’re choosing the right path. Examine and explore your interests, skills, and values. Evaluate the people in your life, your work environment, and your daily existence and determine what you’d like to change. Gain a deeper understanding of who you are and what is important to you, so you can determine the appropriate next steps.
  2. What do I want? Know the things you want to experience in your life. Know the possessions you want to acquire. Know how you define success, how you want to spend your time, and what impact you want to have. Define these things with clarity and compelling detail. Don’t be numb to your own desires and don’t get stuck trying to figure out what other people want you to do. I encourage you to honor your preferences in every situation and never settle for less!
  3. What am I willing to give up to get what I want? Investigate the steps you’ll need to take to achieve your goals. How much money will you need to invest in this dream? How much time will be required? What potential sacrifices will you need to make along the way? You must be willing to keep moving forward no matter what. Don’t be afraid or overwhelmed by the obstacles and declare today that you are going to accomplish this goal no matter what it takes!

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