When you know you're ready for a change, ready to reach a new level, ready to work hard towards a new goal in your career, do you ever find yourself ready to create a plan of action, but then get held back by making excuses and saying "yeah...but..."?
"Yeah, I want a new job, but I'm not qualified for the positions that appeal to me."
"Yeah, I am ready to make new connections that will help my career, but I'm just not good at networking."
"Yeah, I am looking to change careers, but no one will hire me because of my (age, gender, background, salary requirements, etc)."
The beliefs that we hold are based on what we see and hear from those around us (from friends, family, social media, news), and can have a powerful effect on our ability to take action towards our goals.
Think about it - if you believe that you won't be hired for a job because of your qualifications (or lack thereof) or background, then what affect will that have on your motivation to pursue a new job?
We all carry these limiting beliefs that we're often unconscious of. We don't always stop to think about why we believe what we do, or what the truth is behind those beliefs. We usually just accept them as we always have.
There was a time when everyone believed we couldn't go to the moon, or break a 4-minute mile, or cure certain diseases like polio, but certain courageous individuals challenged those beliefs and made the "impossible" possible.
Before you can take any action towards change, you need to acknowledge the beliefs you have that might be keeping you from moving forward. There's no point in setting a goal if the messages you're telling yourself will keep you from taking the first step.
When you've decided on the goal that you're ready to pursue (the "Yeah), before you take the first step ask yourself what beliefs you're holding onto that might get in the way (the "but"). And when you've identified those beliefs, dig deeper to really explore two things: 1) the source of that belief, and 2) how true it really is.
Once you've explored your beliefs further, you can have a better understanding of how they are supporting you, or holding you back. If it is keeping you from moving forward, then ask yourself if there's a different version of that belief that you can tell yourself to motivate you to take the next step.
So the next time you find yourself saying "yeah...but..." take a moment to think about the beliefs that are limiting you a little deeper. Change your beliefs to "yeah...and..." to get excited about new possibilities in your career, and use that new belief to motivate yourself to reach the next level.
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