The most successful people in the world would laugh in your face if you think it was just “easy” for them. Because it wasn’t easy. It wasn’t simple. At least not all the time.
Who doesn’t want a bump in their salary or other juicy additional benefits every year of their career? The hard part is…asking for it. Over 41% of employees won’t ask for a raise or promotion for a variety of reasons, according to a study. Whoa…But 77% of people who DO ask for a raise get one so why wouldn’t you ask? Most likely you’re not sure how to approach to ensure success. Am I right or am I right?
It is time to stop listening to anyone—experts, colleagues, your mother—who tells you your job search has to be hard or that you need to settle for a job you do not like or to “suck it up” with the job you have. It is simply not supporting you in getting where you want to go.
When you want to transition careers, it is critical to forgive the past experiences at the office and clear your mind to focus on creating the career you want. By focusing your energy on how your colleague threw you under the bus in front of your manager or how your organization did not give you the promotion you deserved, you become a prisoner. Your mind becomes cluttered with the past and you cannot clearly see how to proceed.
People often ask me how I decided to become a career coach after working as a policy analyst for eight years. It may appear as an unlikely switch, but what I found powerful is sharing my story.