Have you ever tried to make a big change or plan something new but couldn’t decide how to get started?
For example, painting your house? Changing your wardrobe or hair? Embarking on a new degree or certificate program? Even planning a vacation?
You’re busy (aren’t we all?) And, let’s face it, we’re not all experts at EVERYTHING! You know you want to move forward, but you feel a little stuck, so you procrastinate. Having a plan, or a guide, can make all the difference. (When you are stressed, it is even worse, be sure to read Hannah Morgan (@CareerSherpa)’s post about five tips to de-stress your job search
For example, when I was planning to paint inside and outside my home, I *could* have painted (the inside) myself, but it would have taken me a lot longer and the results would not have been as good as they were when I hired a professional. (You should have seen my painters painting trim â€“ they didnâ€™t even use tape!)
Before I even could think about hiring painters, though, I had another obstacle: picking colors! For the interior decorators among you, this may be hard to believe, but choosing colors for several key rooms in the house seemed like an overwhelming problem. What if it looked bad? What needed to match? Or not match? I had no interest in making a mistake in my home.
What did I finally do? I hired an expert. Laura came in with her paint swatches, asked me what I liked and proceeded to explain what she would recommend. She has seen the colors she recommended to me in many, many homes. On the walls! I trusted her ideas and knew I could move forward confidently.
But, that wasnâ€™t all. I still had a few choices to make. I needed to buy some samples and see how I liked them on the walls. But, being â€œtoo busyâ€ (I really am busy â€“ how do you think this blog gets written?!)
I procrastinated. For a long time. It wasnâ€™t until the painter I had said I would hire called back to check in that I finally went to work on making final color selections. It was easier to TALK about making a change than it was to actually make a change. Surprise!
Does this sound like you? Not about painting, but about your job hunt? Is it overwhelming to even think about starting?
Maybe you’d like to hire an expert to help, but it doesn’t seem to be in the budget right now? I have great news for you! My friend and colleague, Hannah Morgan (@careersherpa) and I have created a guide to job search like you have never seen!
It’s our new eBook,Â You Need a Job, 5 Steps to Get One. It is an end-to-end guide to how to get a job: 29 chapters outlining the five things you need to do to succeed in every step of your job hunt.
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