Sometimes you just feel stuck. Perhaps your job is no longer fulfilling. Maybe you feel that you are in the wrong industry. Possibly you want to make the jump to become an entrepreneur. Feeling like you need to move, but not sure how to take the first step can become disheartening and stressful. You need to take a step back, look around and get focused.
1) Create Pinterest board number one
The Pinterest board I want you to make is called “Living the Dream”. On the first board I want you to pin exactly how you would like your life to be in ten years time. Where do you live? What sort of home do you have? What do your weekends look like? What do you do during the week? Who do you meet with regularly?” Anything that appeals to you – pin it!
2) Write down ten things you need to do to get there
If this Pinterest board shows your dream life in ten years time, work backwards. How are you going to get there? Don’t think about moving jobs or any finer details just yet. Just think of the big steps and achievements. “If I want to live in a house like that by 35, I need to be earning £**,*** by 30.” “If I want to be able to control by own daily schedule, I need to be an entrepreneur.” “If I want to attend large corporate balls and parties, I need to be in a successful career industry.” “If I want to spend more time outside, I need to leave the city.”
3) Create a second Pinterest board
The second board is called “Things I love.” Be very open and honest on this board. Don’t purely think of your career. Think about anything in life you enjoy, have a passion for or makes up your personality. It could be family, animals, surfing, writing, walking. Anything that makes you, you.
4) Analyse each thing you love
Look over your second Pinterest board. There should be some key categories you can identify of things you love. For each category, think about the jobs you could do within each. For example:
- Make-up Artist for a brand
- Make-up Artist as my own business
- Brand consultant at a department store
- Charity work helping people feel better
- Shelter worker
- Dog Walking
- Working at a Veterinarian
- Taking care of animals when people are on holiday
- Guide Dog Trainer
- Pet Shop Owner
Think outside of the box. Get Googling. Explore each area that you are interested in.
5) Connect the two Pinterest boards together
At this point you may have had some inspiration of what you want to do. However it is still important to connect the two Pinterest boards together. If any of the careers you came up with in your “Things I love” Pinterest board – how do they get you where you want to your “Living the Dream” Pinterest board? Don’t forget to look back at your “ten things I need to achieve” list.
A great example is someone whose “Living the Dream” Pinterest board shows a big house, nice cars, luxury products and time at home with children. For this person money is key. Secondly, time at home and flexibility is important. Therefore it would be good for them to find something which can bring them in good money, whilst working independently as an entrepreneur.
On their “Things I love” Pinterest board they identified that they enjoyed animals, being outdoors and spending time with their family. By combining these two board together, they might consider starting a dog walking company. They can have flexible hours, manage their own time, and even take the kids along. The average dog walker in London earns £33,000 for only two weeks work per month.
6) Decide how you are going to make money
Clearly a big factor is money. Whilst we may love the idea of leaving a big city job to work in the spend more time outdoors, your lifestyle needs to be sustainable. Work out how your idea will make you money. And think big. Look at the beauty bloggers making thousands of pounds per month. Their actual service is providing advice to their followers – but they don’t get paid for that. They get paid for advertising and promotion from larger companies and creating their own products. How many different ways could you make money out of your new dream?
Alternatively you may be staying in a full-time job but moving industries. Do some research – what is the average salary in that industry? What unique skills do you have that you could offer that industry?
7) Think about how you can be different
Is there a certain route into a new industry you should take to stand out? Can you offer a new view and new ideas to the industry? How can you improve customer experience? How can you use new technology? Could your branding be really unique? If you’re looking at entering a busy industry, or setting up alone, find a way you can stand out.
8) Set a schedule
You have your goal. You know where you want to head, and what you want to have achieved in ten years time. Now create a step-by-step plan of things you need to do to get you to take the leap now. Try to do one small thing everyday. Setting up social media pages. Connecting on LinkedIn. Anything each day to get you closer to where you want to be. You’ll stop stressing over being stuck in a rut, and you’ll become more productive as your goal gets closer and closer. Good luck!