I’m looking forward this fall’s round of Your Career Homecoming, and if you are too, I’d highly recommend doing a career change detox in preparation.
Why a detox? Here’s what one reader wrote in to say:
I'm planning on taking Your Career Homecoming, and want to do a sort of "detox" between now and then. After a year+ of thinking and thinking and thinking and journaling about possible future jobs/careers/businesses, I want to let my brain chill out for the rest of the summer and fall before diving in again with your class. However, sitting back and drinking gin and tonics all day while reading dishy beach books can only entertain me for so long. Do you have recommendation for how I can spend my time fruitfully preparing for your course that still allows my brain the detox it needs?
If you’ve been reading and planning and journaling and (probably) obsessing over your career for a while now, a career detox is definitely in order. Your brain could use a break, and you can come to Your Career Homecoming refreshed, open, and ready to go.
HOW TO DO A CAREER CHANGE DETOX:
1 | TAKE A BREAK FROM TRYING TO SOLVE YOUR BIG CAREER PROBLEM
Read a blog post here and there, talk with friends about your career, but take the pressure off yourself to FIND THE ANSWER and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. Enjoy the job you have as much as you can, and trust that the answer will come without you having to force things.
2 | INDULGE YOUR CREATIVITY
Write music, get a $1 watercolor set, write short stories, take photographs, learn to cook something new. Let yourself play in a creative way. If you want some structure, I recommend these resources:
3 | READ A POSSIBILITY-EXPANDING BOOK
Any reading that is not career specific and makes you feel like you’re capable of making great changes in your life is a go. Some of my favorites are:
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Playing Big by Tara Mohr (a YCH Guest Faculty interviewee)
- The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau (a YCH Guest Faculty interviewee)
- The Art of Possibility by Rosemund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
Regarding books: beware of all input and no output. That is, things like The Desire Map and The Artists Way are great because they have you DOING things, not just absorbing new ideas. If you get in a rut where you start to feel like you’re just reading and absorbing information, counter it with something active. Start a creative project, write a blog, do morning pages, or give yourself a bucket list of things to go do.
4 | PUT COMFORT & SPARK ON YOUR CALENDAR
During Your Career Homecoming, we talk about putting 2 kinds of activities on your calendar: activities that comfort, and activities that spark.
Comfort might look like taking more baths, ordering take out an extra night a week, giving yourself permission to wear a ponytail 6 days in a row.
Spark is anything that lights you up and makes you feel alive. That might look like going zip lining, attending concerts, buying fresh peaches from a roadside stand.
The duality of Comfort and Spark keeps you cared for and enlivened, the best possible combination when you’re about the embark on big life changes.
5 | FIND YOUR PEOPLE
Spend time with people who have the kind of life and career you’d like to have. You can do this locally and in person, and online. Having friends who have a life like you aspire to helps make what you want seem more attainable and gives you courage to go for what you want. Things that once seemed out of reach become the norm and what you expect. That is a very good thing.
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Those are 5 ways you can start your career change detox. Which one will you start with?