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 Ever wished you could reinvent your life or your career? Apparently this desire is quite common. Social psychologist Richard Luker says that “adults are saying not only do I see a more vigorous life, I’m up for it, I’m game, I want to do more. Our research is bearing that out in spades”. Jane Pauley in her book Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life, states “Today men and women in their forties can reasonably be thinking about beginning a new career or something new that’s not a career. We are the first generation to get a heads-up that not only is there more to come, but may even the best of all.”

Put up your periscope– Knowing where to begin to reinvent your career is challenging to say the least. For her book, Pauley interviewed Tripp Hanson who reinvented his career from being a Broadway performer to becoming an acupuncturist. Hanson was 42 when he began to question what his next career move would be. He says “Forty did not feel like thirty at the end of the show. More ice, more heat, more Advil”. Hanson sought out a therapist who advised him to “Put up your periscope. Just look around, over the fence, over the hedge, check it out. Things are going to grab your attention; pay attention when they do. When something intrigues you, pay attention. Why does that matter so much to you? Go a little further. Take another step. Listen to that small, quiet voice.“

Tripp Hanson did indeed ‘put up his periscope.’ He became intrigued with acupuncture after taking his dog Spanky, for knee problems. When Spanky could walk down stairs within 2 visits, Hanson decided to also try acupuncture for his own injuries. He too experienced immediate results. He found that acupuncture not only intrigued him, but it was also a re-awakening of a childhood dream of becoming a doctor.

The first step- Reinventing your career is often a long process, but the first step can be straight forward. It can be as simple as noticing what captures your interest. If you enjoy journaling, you can begin by writing about the things you would enjoy learning more about. If you are not a writer, consider taking photos of scenes that draw you in. Yet another idea is to create a Pinterest board of things you like best. It doesn’t matter what method you use, the important thing is that you notice and take note of what intrigues you.

If you are thinking there is something more for you to do, you are on the right track. Jane Pauley concludes her book by saying “Inspiration is everywhere, but you have to be looking.” I would also add ‘you also need to be listening to hear that small quiet voice of inner wisdom.’

Stacy Harshman, founder of Your Fulfilling Life, brings her experience as a recruiter for a Fortune 500 corporation to her work as a career coach. In addition to helping people discover their passions, she also provides clients with insight into the mind of a recruiter, unlocking the secrets of what employers look for in potential employees. Stacy offers individual and group coaching in person and by phone to those seeking positive change in their professional lives.

Get your free audio of Four Essential Steps For A Successful Career Change on http://www.YourFulfillingLife.com

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young businessman in front of a crossroadMost people assume if you want to change careers, you should start by deciding what your new profession will be, but that is not the first step according to Harvard business school professor Herminia Ibarra. She writes, “By far the biggest mistake people make when trying to change careers is to delay taking the first step until they have settled on a destination.” In other words, not knowing the end result should not be a barrier to action.

Change makes ready- Ibarra encourages people to start the change process before they have all the answers worked out. “What people get wrong about reinvention is that they think they have to be ready. Instead change makes ready”. In short, seeing small changes prepares us for even bigger changes to occur.

Do first, know later– To change careers, you must step out of your comfort zone and begin doing something. It is like learning a new game. You wouldn’t say, “I have to know exactly what the end result will be before I begin”. You simply start with the first step and learn as you go.

If you are thinking about changing careers, don’t delay. Take a first step. Change makes ready. As author Job Sabah says “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

Stacy Harshman, founder of Your Fulfilling Life, brings her experience as a recruiter for a Fortune 500 corporation to her work as a career coach. In addition to helping people discover their passions, she also provides clients with insight into the mind of a recruiter, unlocking the secrets of what employers look for in potential employees. Stacy offers individual and group coaching in person and by phone to those seeking positive change in their professional lives.
Get your free audio of Four Essential Steps For A Successful Career Change on http://www.YourFulfillingLife.com

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