Career Conversions. Life Changing Career Choices

‘Mom will cry’ and other things holding you back

“Mom will cry.”  Just one of many reasons holding people back from a career change.

I’ve met many professionals who entered into a career to make mom and dad proud. ‘My son, the lawyer’ was a dream for Michael’s mom.  After a few years practicing law, Michael hated his job. There were many perks such as money, for one. The box seats at the sports arena and symphony were great for treating family and friends to events.  But when Monday morning came around, Michael dreaded going into the office.

So, how do you tell mom you don’t want to be a lawyer anymore but a motivational speaker and author? You can’t because she’ll cry. mother and son

Family and friends opinions of the change you want to make can be a major factor that is holding you back from making their dream come true.

Here are 4 steps to take to prepare for the transition and announcement:

  • You need a mentor, friend or coach who can help you understand more clearly what you’re what capable of, and what you’re here on this planet today to bring and contribute.  Each one of us has tremendous talents, gifts, and passions that are meant to be tapped and utilized in service of others and the world. If you doubt it, then you’re not ready to do what’s required to build a successful career.
  • Try it on: For example, if you’re in real estate but think you want to start your own business, try it on – interview people doing what you want to do (and people who failed at it), research it online. Read everything you can get your hands on about this new business direction, go to networking meetings with people in the field.
  • This doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll need to identify who you really are and determine the directions that will align best with your values, visions and needs. This process takes time, energy, patience, trust and commitment.
  • Create S.M.A.R.T. goals: You need a 3-month, 6-month and 12-month plan, with Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely goals, and someone in your court to hold you accountable.

When you are equipped with a transition plan and a coach to guide you and support you through the transition, you’ll be able to address the questions that those in your life will ask.

Are you ready? Then take that first step!


Trish Dervin, CCMC

Career Conversions, LLC

636-778-9090  /   [email protected]




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