Sitting at your computer, you plot out your perfect dream job.
You’ve researched the education required to get the job; you qualify. Check!
You’ve scouted out the perfect type of clients or employers. Check!
You’ve nailed down the location you most desire to work. Check!
You know your competition and how you can outshine them. Check!
You’ve created a website, online profile, business cards. Check!
…oh ya, actually getting the job or the client to hire you.
This is the tough part.
Do you have the self-confidence to pull this off?
Do you have the guts to pick up the phone?
This is a particularly difficult task if you are changing careers. You know you can do this wonderful life-affirming career but how do you convince others that you can do it? Unfortunately I don’t have the magic answer to this other than to say if you know it’s right, you can make it happen – with a lot of really hard work.
However, one thing that I have found helpful in times of self-doubt is to imagine I am someone else; a person of inspiration. Someone whom I admire for their courage and confidence. Someone who has climbed to the top one step at a time, beginning from the bottom-most rung, and I ask myself:
‘What would ___ (Oprah, Tony Robbins, Richard Branson) do?’
You may not even need to enter the celebrity realm.
What would your best friend and successful entrepreneur, Steve do?
What would your annoyingly-perfect-because-she’s-successful-and-you’re-not sister do?
Think about what it took for them to reach their pinnacle.
Where did they start and what steps did they take to get there?
If you don’t know, ask them.
Ask them how they handled rejection (‘cause you know that’s coming).
Ask them the most important thing they learned when they were starting out.
They will likely be flattered and may offer to mentor you, giving you a boost up those seemingly very steep first steps.
What have you got to lose?
…only your dream job.