Make the Most of Change: Part 4
Hello again! I'm glad you've found your way to Part Four of the Make the Most of Change Series. Catch up on Parts One, Two, and Three of the series if you missed them. Today I’m sharing Tip Six and giving you an activity to start taking action.
Tip Six: Nurture a confident new you.
When you face change in your career and life you're dealing with a lot of uncertainty, which can bring on thoughts of doubt. Manage these thoughts by seizing small opportunities to assert yourself in your new role. You build your confidence by following through on small actions. Don’t sweat the awkward moments, they happen to everyone. Just roll through it, keep taking small steps, and with experience you’ll make your way through your transition and ease those feelings of doubt.
For instance, if you’ve recently started a job make an effort to join your new co-workers for lunch or challenge yourself to speak up in your next meeting. Don’t let being the new girl hold you back. Being new to a team often means you bring a fresh perspective. Many managers value diversity in ideas and would be impressed by your out of the box thinking.
Or if you’re dealing with job loss, try asserting yourself as a promising candidate by attending an upcoming event in your industry to make meaningful connections with prospective employers. If the thought of networking makes your stomach turn, seek out a supportive event to build your confidence. For instance, many cities have women’s business centres that hold regular networking events to support women in reaching their professional goals.
What is one small step you can take to nurture a confident new you? Complete the following activity to find out!
This activity is based on the mini-goals approach I take when working one-on-one with clients in Shift's coaching programs. It's based on the idea that you build your confidence through small actions. It's also an effective way to start building momentum for busy women who don't have a lot of free time in their schedules.
Set aside 20 minutes in your day without distractions. Step away from the phone. Ask your partner to takeover childcare duty. Find a comfortable, quiet space.
Get your copy of Shift's Mini-Goals Worksheet and spend your 20 minutes completing the worksheet. Focus on setting goals to build your confidence amidst the change you're facing. You'll finish with a set of actionable goals you can do to nurture a confident new you.
When you're done the worksheet, select one mini-goal to do next week. Schedule time in your calendar to make it a priority and share your goal with someone you trust to keep you accountable.
The series is coming to an end next Tuesday with Part Five, when I’ll share my seventh and final tip on making the most of change.
Let me know how it goes creating your mini-goals to nurture a confident new you! Share in the comments and let me know if you have any questions.