In college, I switched my major several times. In my career, I’ve shape shifted a dozen times. I love learning new things, I really love reinvention and I certainly love off-roading when I feel stuck. I’m often asked, “how do I do it?” Well, here is what I’d call my Career Changer Starter Kit to start digging deep to figure things out.

The big takeaway is that everyone knows deep down what they are truly meant to do. What really makes them happy, fulfilled, challenged etc. It’s just at matter of getting rid of old beliefs,, burying tired, low-energy stories that no longer serve you and releasing other’s fears/comments because that is theirs, not yours to own.

VISION BOARD

I prefer to do this in powerpoint and seek out photos that evoke what I want or what makes me happy. For years, I included stuff for myself and my family (vacations, better communication, home improvements).

In 2019, I only put my photo and surrounded myself with images of people who inspired me, whose energy I’d want to be around or who I wanted to emulate. It includes Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Obama, Brene Brown, Hoda, a very young Mother Theresa, Maxie McCoy (author of You’re Not Lost which really changed my life) and more.  The nice thing about doing it in PPT (vs cutting and pasting) is that it is easy and you can swap images in and out as you transform. By August, I had swapped out an image for someone I felt fit what I wanted better. A board that can evolve as you do is a very powerful tool.

REPLACE THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD WITH PODCASTS

You must start rewriting the narrative in your head and replace it with new statements, beliefs and thoughts. A top place to pull from is Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday Podcast and one of my favorites to start with is an episode called “the difference between your job and your work.”  

Another podcast that I didn’t LOVE but one episode in particular gave me a tidbit I tried and liked is called TheRobCast (Rob Bell). Unfortunately, I cannot remember which one I listened to but he said to put on a post it on my computer “Show Me How To End it Well” and “Show Me Some Options.”  Not too much longer after was I able to see the opportunities unfolding before me as a whole (vs parts) which is this gig + this gig = bye bye toxic job.

One more podcast that’s decent is called On Purpose with Jay Shetty. All of these are spiritual (not religious per se). I find having some kind of spirituality is important because without it you cannot trust the unseen or that things are happening as they should. So when they start talking about Jesus I zone out a little but find the majority of it is inspiring, insightful and, again, helping change the narrative in one’s brain.

GET QUIET AND READ

YOU’RE NOT LOST Hands down one of the most powerful things I did for myself when I got quiet was read this book and DO THE WORK in the exercise sections. I absolutely tribute this book for really shifting my mindset and helping me along the way. 100% buy it and do it.

REINVENTION ROADMAP I liked this book but I did read it when I was in desperate mode so I’m confident I wasn’t ready to hear what it was telling me to do. I still liked it and found it helpful but this was from a few years ago when I hired a career coach and was in a super rush to get out. I still think it’s a good book (it’s a workbook so the exercises help you think things through). 

THE POWER OF NOW I got the audio book. It was powerful and transforming. His voice is dry and a little hard to stay focused at times so, as a companion, I would listen to his weekly interview with Oprah in (you guessed it) her Super Soul Sunday podcast where each week they’d dissect one chapter.  This is helpful for rediscovering who you are,. your true self and can help with anything from career to relationships and more. The podcasts ran in January 2019 in case you’d like to scroll to find them.

Reading about people you feel connected to or are inspired by is really a great way to open  your mind to your possibilities. Audiobooks are a great way to ingest this info too. I personally loved listening to Michelle read Becoming to me via this audiobook was not just inspiring but it felt tangible because i could her how she chose to share these words. Seek out someone who fills you with good vibes and provides inspiration around resilience.

VOLUNTEER AND BOOST YOUR SKILLSET

Find places you’d enjoy learning something new OR applying your best skills to the greater good of something you believe it. It’s a nourishing act, you are surrounded by like-minded people and can build an experience that reminds you of your talents or unearths ones you weren’t sure you had.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

I’ve tried many online courses but COURSERA is the one I liked the best. I studied Positive Psychology when I wanted to help coach people but felt imposter syndrome because I didn’t have a degree or certificate (even though I’ve been coaching people for years). It’s great because they often have a free month special and then after that it’s a very reasonable monthly charge. You pay based on how fast you can get through the course. So if it’s $75 per month and you can do the course in two months, it’s $150. If you can jam through it in one month, it’s only $75. So that’s up to you and your commitment to moving through it. When you are done, you can easily apply the badge/certification to your LinkedIn Profile or other.

Also looking into things in local schools is great. That’s how I ended up studying and completing a Floral Design degree at Parsons and became a Reiki Mater at NYC Open Center. When you feel stuck, finding a new outlet to feel challenged and see accomplishments of completing levels is really inspiring.

BUILD A LUCKY SAVINGS ACCOUNT

I collected anything I felt was a good luck charm, a sign or whatever all in one place building a Lucky Savings Account. Mine had found pennies, bird feathers of all kinds, fortunes from cookies and even 2 Sweet & Low packets (which my grandmother used to use in that quantity) that randomly fell onto my hand one day while I was fixing my coffee at a bagel shop.

Seeing those found items piled up gave me a sense of security that things were moving in the right direction and that I had something greater watching out for my well being.

Feathers, fortunes, 2 Sweet & Low from my Mema and protective stones to anchor it all in a dish that says LOVE

I hope this is helpful for you to begin with. Let me know how it goes!

Published by Gennifer Birnbach

Every curl on my head is an idea.

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