The base of your breakthrough recipe requires heavy doses of Courage, Commitment & Conviction.
It means employing a “burn the boats” approach when summoning the nerve to confront your boss about your unhappiness.
It means putting yourself out and volunteering for a high-profile project, even if it’s high risk and potential for failure.
It means being willing to walk away from the comforts of you what have now in pursuit of something greater.
Knowing the outcome is NOT a prerequisite for taking massive action – courage and commitment come BEFORE you know whether or not you’ll be successful.
Once you’ve made the commitment to change the trajectory of your career, you’ve lost certainty of what happens next.
That takes guts.
The possibility of your age, gender, skill set, personality and past being rejected all come into play.
Leaving your comfort zone of peers, friends and work environment is now a reality – what replaces that is now unknown.
You don’t know how(or if!) your skills and experience will transfer to a new employer.
You haven’t interviewed much but you’ll have to come across as polished, assertive and confident to the panel.
Commitment & Conviction → Courage →
A funny thing can happen though – once you’ve committed and made a decision, despite your fear, new resources and additional clarity present themselves – fate tends to rear its head in times like this.
You get a fortuitous call from a recruiter or former associate who’s moved into a management role and wants to discuss an opening.
Some people don’t take the recruiter’s call. “Waste of time”, “Happy where I’m at”, “Will call them when I need them”.
You stretch your comfort zone and have an exploratory coffee date with someone you look up to at another company – they point you in the direction of one of their associates who’s hiring.
Some people turn down the chance to meet a peer – “too busy”, “what’s the point”, “not enough time.”
You introduce yourself to a speaker at an event – that intro leads to another and another, all expanding your network & opening doors that otherwise would never have opened unless you said hi.
Some people stay stiff in the back of the room, missing the opportunity.
These “serendipitous” moments don’t happen at home, binging on Netflix or burying your face on your phone. You have to summon the courage, despite your fear, and make the first step.
THAT TAKES GUTS.