Can you believe that the first month of the year has already passed?
How has your month been?
Personally, I’ve been having so much fun being out and about delivering talks and workshops.
After spending much of 2017 behind my computer screen (the reality of life with a baby and little ones at kindy and primary school)…it’s been fun to get out there and meet some of you here in Hong Kong.
From being on the panel of The New Savvy Launch here in Hong Kong to delivering a workshop with CATCH on The Art of Balancing Motherhood and Your Career to doing a Facebook Live with Cheryl of the 24 Hour Woman…. it’s been a blast to talk about all things…mindset, success, motherhood, career, and business.
I have SO much to share after these talks and many different ideas on what to share in future blog posts but for now, I want to share with you the essential step to making a career pivot. This theme came up time and time again in my conversations with many amazing women, like you, and it’s the key to actually getting traction in your career.
Watch this week’s video blog to learn how to make a career pivot.
Short on time? Read on for the transcript.
Were are in February. Can you believe it?
The first month of 2018 is already gone.
How are you doing with those goals that you set at the beginning of the year?
Are you making progress? Are you stalling?
Where are you at?
If you haven’t made progress don’t worry you’re not alone.
Most of us don’t actually achieve the goals that we set out to achieve at the beginning of the year.
But I want to encourage you to get back on the horse and keep going.
Here’s the thing…
Many people are talking about career pivots right now.
We’re at the end of January….bonuses are getting paid out and there’s an opportunity to do something else.
If you’re thinking about a career change then I encourage you to take some action on that idea because action is the only thing that is going to give you the clarity and the confidence you need to move forward in that direction.
Now when I say action I don’t necessarily mean hand in your notice your boss tomorrow….
I’m talking about action towards that idea or that strategy that you have in mind.
What can happen is that, as a smart woman that you are, you can get into the strategy pretty easily. Project out 10 years and do the math and make assumptions based on what you think.
Whilst that’s not a bad thing….you still need to go out there and test and validate your idea and your assumptions.
Even the best companies in the world do this. They don’t assume that they know what’s best.
They conduct market research, they get people in a room to look at a product and give them feedback.
We ALL need that.
So if you have a number of different ideas that you’re considering I invite you to take action when you have an idea.
When you take action you’re going to get clarity.
Then you’ll get feedback and redefine your idea.
Taking action is the most important thing you can do. Here’s a handy little diagram…
Let’s take the example of wanting to leave your job and start a business.
This seems to be a really sexy topic at the moment. This January for me has been about live workshops getting out there and delivering talks.
Side note: From being on the panel of The New Savvy Launch here in Hong Kong to delivering a workshop with CATCH on The Art of Balancing Motherhood and Your Career to doing a Facebook Live with Cheryl of the 24 Hour Woman…. it’s been a blast to talk about all things…mindset, success, motherhood, career, and business.
It’s really interesting to hear what people are considering and what is most exciting. I do live in Hong Kong and the startup scene as pretty big.
Most of us if we have an idea of a business (and this was myself included) you can have an idea of what it is that looks like.
You assume that you if you have an amazing product or service then the clients will come. When the reality is that there’s a lot of other things to consider.
So ask yourself:
What do I need to find out to figure out if this idea is right?
You can take action by:
- Speaking to somebody in your chosen industry
- Speaking to someone who’s actually started a business before so that you can understand the challenges and the pitfalls.
- Figuring out what it’s like to incorporate a company and how much it costs and you know where can you find out the information on what it costs to start the business
I wish I had done a more strategic action when I was in that period of wanting to start a business. Naively I just assumed that I knew the answers and I didn’t go out there and test my assumptions.
This is one of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned in my own business and I support my clients in this process so they don’t have to make the same mistakes and pitfalls.
There you have it…before you go.
I’d love to know…
- What’s your biggest challenge with validating your next career pivot?
Leave a comment for me below.
Wishing you a beautiful week.