Mon, 23 April 2018
Have you ever been so excited about a new project or goal that you’ve set for yourself that you just can’t wait to start?
You sit and visualize yourself going through the motions of the process, checking off all the boxes on your to-do list, and finally you check off that last task, then you bask in the feeling of victory after you’ve achieved your accomplishment.
That entire process, the drive and determination, the movement forward, that feeling of accomplishment…that is what it means to be unhackable.
BUT HOW DOES IT APPLY TO MY CAREER?
To be unhackable means to close the gap that exists between your ideas and the implementation of your ideas.
It means building yourself up to become an unstoppable force that reaches goals.
Take that philosophy and apply it to the process of your career transition and you become unhackable by eliminating all of the obstacles that stop you from reaching your dream career.
What drives many people to career change is the idea that there is a big potential for something more than what they’ve got going on in their career right now.
But sometimes even people with the strongest mindsets, get hacked.
There are a handful (maybe more than a handful) of things that stop people dead in their tracks as they begin their journey into a new career.
Some begin to feel like imposters as they begin to progress in their career change.
Some self-sabotage and start doubting their potential, then slowly they unintentionally begin to put the brakes on their path to a new career.
But just like computer systems have software that work to prevent getting hacked, there are ways for you to be proactive in becoming unhackable.
In order to get in front of the hacking, we need to identify what is leaving you vulnerable to getting hacked in the first place.
WHAT IS STOPPING YOU FROM BECOMING UNHACKABLE IN YOUR CAREER CHANGE?
The most common obstacles that stop a lot of people during their career change are all about their mindset.
Here are the top three things stopping people from becoming unhackable (with some examples):
1) Problem: They lack the confidence in their knowledge & skills
They start thinking about themselves in a self-sabotaging ways.
2) Problem: They’re unsure of the direction or focus they want to pursue
3) Problem: They don’t know how to sell yourselves
SO, HOW DO YOU BECOME THAT UNSTOPPABLE, UNHACKABLE FORCE TO SUCCESSFULLY CHANGE CAREERS?
Well, we change your mindset when it comes to your career change.
1. Get out of your own head and stop judging yourself.
If you’re struggling with the confidence in your own knowledge and skills in a particular industry, you need to, first, acknowledge that there is a reason you started down the path of career change (and KUDOS to you on that note, because not a lot of people even make it as far as to acknowledge that a change needs to be made).
Remember that you started down this path because you knew that there was something bigger for you out there (and there is!).
So, if you need to, take a step back and take a breath and then come back into your process of career change refreshed and motivated to continue. As Kary Oberbrunner says, “Show up filled up.”
You are the expert and the guru. You have the skills to bring value to people.
Regain your perspective and come back full of what you already know you know and move forward.
CAN’T FIND A CAREER THAT FITS?
Who do you want to help? What do you want to contribute your talents to?
If you are having a little trouble answering those questions, ask yourself:
What have at least three people asked you for advice on?
Those people have come to you for help in something they trust you enough to help solve. That makes you credible. That proves that there is a need out there and that skill makes it something you can capitalize on.
From that little exercise, you can align your skills and strengths and begin to be more intentional in your career change.
WONDERING HOW TO MARKET YOURSELF?
Ever heard of a Values Proposition Statement (VPS)?
Anyone that is looking to change careers should have one.
Think of it like the menu at a drive-thru window. You know when you pull up to a drive-thru, you know exactly what they’re selling.
That is what your VPS should do.
Here’s a formula to give you a little framework to build on:
“I AM A ____________, WHO HELPS ___________ DO OR UNDERSTAND _________ SO THAT ______________”
Once you have your VPS lined up and ready to roll, you’re ¾ of the way there.
The last quarter of the marketing equation requires you to change your mindset from “selling yourself” to a mindset that selling is serving, and marketing your knowledge and skills is storytelling.
Once you can frame your pitch in that way, you’re golden.
People don’t want to be sold, they want to be helped.
Becoming unhackable is a mindset change.
Building your confidence, finding your footing in the direction you want to take your career, and learning how to take all of that and put it into action by effectively marketing your skills and knowledge as assets will make you unhackable to continue to successfully transition your career.
Your journey into a new career isn’t easy.
And because the process is a journey, we know it’s easy to let yourself to get hacked.
If you’re finding a little bit of difficulty building your confidence or finding your footing on what career path is right for you, we have world-class career coaches that can help you get where you envision your next career.
Visit us at https://www.happentoyourcareer.com/coaching and let us know where you find yourself getting hacked and one of our coaches will be glad to help you!