Starting Over: How to Establish a Strong Foundation for a New Career [GUEST BLOG POST]
If you’ve recently lost your job, you may be panicking about paying bills or finding your next position. But it is important to remember that you are starting a new chapter in life. Therefore, you want to make sure you have established a strong foundation before jumping into the next stage.
As someone who dramatically changed trajectory , I know that the prospect of starting a new career may be scary, but laying the groundwork will help ensure that your next step is more successful than the last. For a positive new career path, try the following techniques.
Think it Out
Only by reflecting on what worked (and what didn’t) in the past, can you choose a new career path. Take some time to consider what you enjoyed and what you disliked about your old job. From there, you can decide what features are necessary for you to find in a new career. You can also figure out what field your particular set of skills best applies to.
Stephen King once said, “Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.” When you are rewriting a chapter in your own life, make sure that you are open to advice from others. Friends, family members, colleagues, and even strangers can be
great resources when it comes to starting a new career. Draw from these peoples’ experiences while you are deciding on your future path. Furthermore, these individuals may present you with job opportunities or openings that they are aware of. So, spread the word about your search for a fulfilling new career.
Try it Out
If a particular career path speaks to you, try it out before you jump in. Get connected with a temp agency that can place you in your field of choice for a short period of time. Not only will this help you pay those looming bills, it will also help you gain experience and decide if you enjoy that field. If you find it is the path you’d like to take, you may even land a permanent job at that company. You can also try freelance work, especially if you think you’d like to start your own business. This is a relatively risk-free way to without a serious time or financial commitment.
When starting a career in the addiction recovery industry, I used these techniques to build my business. I used my sales skills to obtain funding; I reached out to current experts in the industry; and I had already tried out the field via first hand experience. I was therefore able to begin my new career, which has turned into a successful and thriving business.
Per Wickstrom is the founder and CEO of Best Drug Rehabilitation, one of the top holistic rehabilitation centers in the country. He found sobriety after a decades-long struggle with addiction and has since dedicated his life and career to helping others find the same life-affirming success he has. His program is based on natural and holistic methods and has helped lead hundreds to recovery. Connect with Per via Twitter or.
There is a VERY important message that I feel is NEEDED at this moment and I will address it here as best as I can. It is an interesting “concept” that I believe to be a “reality” that can really boost your life into TRUE PURPOSE. It is amazing to me that MOST people either forget or simply DO NOT comprehend their own power and allow life to be lived in the cesspool of mediocrity.
I want you to stick both arms out in front of your body (zombie position). Bending at the elbows, bring your hands straight back to your head, as if you were about to perform a sit-up. With the tips of your index fingers, tap the side of your head (temple area). If you were to measure the distance between your two index fingers, it would be approximately 6 inches. And it is these 6 inches that determine everything.
Remember, you are always 6 inches away from your goal. Repeat this exercise when you need that little reminder. No matter how BIG your goal, you ca attain it by working it through your mind. We give up on things more because of mental fatigue than anything else. Sure there are a few exceptions, but the overall reason for not achieving your dreams is because you cannot withstand the journey; the hurdles beat you up mentally.
Without trying to oversimplify the subject, just know that the ONLY thing separating the successful from the unsuccessful truly is 6 inches. In fact, it is these 6 measly inches that separate EVERYONE. Take control of your mind and life will unfold itself to your demands. I believe in you and pray you get hold of your brain enough to live the life of your dreams!
To Your MASSIVE Success,
I have read a TON of books in the personal development arena and learned A LOT of interesting things along the way. There was mostly some overlapping material with sparks of NEW ideas and tips that I truly benefited from. However, there was a secret that had been sewn into each book that could be overlooked very easily.
I want to talk about a MISSION we are all on (whether we realize it or not). I am currently reading a book titled, “Hero”, by Rhonda Byrne. This book explains the EXACT mission I want to talk about today; the hero journey.
We are ALL here for a reason and our mission is to fully realize this through our experience. There is a “hero” buried inside each one of us and it is our DUTY to pull the greatness out from the depths of our souls. We all have skills and abilities inside of us that were installed in us at birth. The trick is to tap into these attributes and sharpen them up through our journey; this is living life to its full potential.
The fun thing about the “hero journey” is that it completely diminishes the competition. There is NO COMPETITION in the “hero journey” except for yourself. YOU are the biggest challenge you must overcome to attain success throughout the process. This is great news because we can then cheer on everyone else during their journey in complete understanding we are ALL going through challenges at different levels.
If you see someone you know going through a rough patch, its best to simply show compassion. They really do not need your criticism (unless asked for); it’s unnecessary and not helpful. The point of the “hero journey” is progression. We are in this thing together and helping others progress forward on their mission is the ultimate gift. Show love and give a helping hand when a fellow hero is struggling; the deed will NOT go unnoticed.
One of the BEST ways of helping in the progression, is to view each person as a HERO. Imagine everyone was the Superman or Cat Woman in their own life, because they are! how much more differently would you look at the people around you if you viewed them as HERO’S? My prediction is that we would be living in a totally different world.
The MOST important task for each “hero” is to become the BEST version of themselves. If you haven’t been the best “hero” you can be thus far, it’s NEVER to late to change. To save the world…your world…simply takes a decision to WANT to CHANGE. Dig deep and discover the HERO inside of you and join the rest of us “hero’s” on our journey!
YOU ARE A HERO!
To Your massive Success,
I read regularly and in my opinion, reading has been MY “slight edge”. It gives me insights and knowledge I was never before aware of. I read materials I am fascinated with and actually find delight in. I know most people cringe at the notion of reading, but I believe it’s mostly because they were FORCED to read subject matter they had NO interest in.
To keep me continuously passionate about reading, I found authors who have a writing style I can relate to. Lets be honest, some “personal development” books read like textbooks and that’s just not appealing to me; it’s boring. If you are having a tough time finding reading fun, I recommend you start off with magazines of your choosing. Read a few articles that appeal to you. If you like what you read, do some research on the author and seek out more of their publications.
My intention was not to make this about reading, but I feel so strongly about the importance of reading, I felt obliged to share. Anyway, I was reading one of my favorite authors Rhonda Byrne and her book, “The Magic” when SHE HIT ME with an absolutely fascinating question.
The topic was on making all your wishes come true and she was specifically talking about visualizing your success. And in this chapter, she gives the reader visualization exercises. One of the exerises was to ask yourself specific questions and answer them to generate the FEELING of your success.
I hope that was not too confusing.
So then SHE HIT ME with the question,
“What emotions did you feel when you received your desire?” (The Magic, pg. 127)
Now that may seem like a basic question at first glance, but its power can be the difference between success and failure! Yes, I feel that strongly about this simple question. You have to have a burning desire to attain whatever it is you want in life. To get a “burning desire”, you have to have STRONG FEELINGS towards that desire.
Some people cannot even picture themselves getting through the day, let alone achieving a childhood dream. BUT…for those of us who believe, this simple practice of FEELING, can change EVERYTHING for you! I know it’s hard to “feel success” if you are suffering or currently facing difficulties, but you HAVE to build on your faith and truly BELIEVE in yourself.
Belief is KEY to FEELING you can achieve your goal. This simple exercise in asking yourself how you FEEL when you visualize yourself achieving your goal is quite literally THE SECRET to getting whatever you want in life. I am not going to get into the specifics or why I feel so strongly about it, just know that it WORKS!
GO out there and read up on this stuff. I promise you, the information will blow your mind away. It will lead you to the conclusion that ALL this time, you actually have been closer to achieving your goals than you thought. Again, I do not want this to be about quantum physics or the law of attraction, but this stuff works and I am DARING you to give it a try; plus, there are experts out there who can explain this stuff much more eloquently than I can.
With this being my first post of 2016, I want to thank you and welcome you! I appreciate you more than you know! Lets make 2016 our most prosperous (in health, wealth, relationships, knowledge, spirituality) year yet!
To Your Massive Success,
Hello everyone! I wanted to kick this week off on the right foot, so this post will be a bit on the motivating side. We are at a critical time in life where we literally have access to the world at our fingertips. Whatever dreams and aspirations you have, it is ALL possible.
If you wanted to learn how to play the guitar, for example, all you have to do is jump on the internet and watch a few “how-to” video’s or find a local teacher on sites like YELP. If you wanted to further your education, you can apply for and take classes online RIGHT NOW! If you wanted to build a support group for an important cause, you can easily put together a fan page within minutes and begin building your team. The list can quite literally go on FOREVER!
So what is the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people? It’s simple, they take action and continue to find ways to make it happen, by doing whatever it takes. They throw the excuses out the window. With all this technology, our lives have become much more simpler, but I hear people say they are too busy. The point of MOST technology is for luxury and saving time, how are we even MORE busy than ever?
To me, it boils down to ONE word. PRIORITY. I have written MANY posts on this, but we ALL need the gentle reminder every once in a while. If living out your dream is a priority to YOU, it WILL happen. We know that it CAN happen, but you are the determining factor if it ever WILL happen.
It’s time to put the excuses in the trash, and stand up for your dreams. This time of year (beginning of the school year) wreaks of starting fresh. Take your life to the NEXT level! PUSH the limits and set the tone TODAY! Do 10 times the amount of work today and create your own momentum! Take action, believe and stick with the script. Forget ALL the past doubts and failures, today is the day you are going to PUSH your way into success (however you define it).
Get up and GOOOOOOOO!!!
Let me know (in the comment section) RIGHT NOW, what you are going to do to PUSH yourself to the next level!
To Your Massive Success,
Ps. Keep your eye out for The Motivation Files!!!
Here is a video of me explaining how I turned my BIGGEST weakness into one of my GREATEST assets. It is a true story that I hope can inspire someone to keep pushing for their dreams to manifest.
I am super curious to hear your story and what your biggest weaknesses are. please feel free to share!
To Your Massive Success,
PS. Keep on the look out for “teasers” of The Motivation Files coming around soon! The project WILL be released this Fall and you will be one of the FIRST to be informed, so STAY TUNED! This is going to be EXCITING!!!
Are you into getting surprised? I am not much of a fan, but I will say, sometimes surprises have delighted me. Over the past 9 years, I have noticed something very interesting in attaining my goals. Something that I thought would be beneficial for you, if I shared.
When I was introduced to the Personal Development Industry back in 2006, I was hammered with all kinds of methods on goal setting and living the life of your dreams. They showed me how to put a dream board together and even go out “Dream building”. I was absolutely captivated by this new material.
It was exciting to know I could craft my life. But was fascinated me MOST, was that I could have BIG DREAMS and not feel weird about it. My parents always encouraged us to go after whatever it was we wanted in life. They created an atmosphere of being optimistic about the future. So when I was introduced to the personal development arena, DREAMING was the first thing that got my attention.
Fast-forward 9 years later and I have accomplished SO MANY of my goals/dreams it actually blows my mind! The funny thing about MOST of them is that they didn’t pan out EXACTLY how I had imagined! In fact, the majority of my dreams manifested even BETTER than I ever even thought they would!
A huge proponent to this is the persistent and consistent methods of dreaming I was doing. Some dreams took longer to unfold than others, but I still stuck with it and that is the message I wanted to share with you!
IF you simply just KEEP doing this, life will surprise you! KEEP DREAMING! No matter how things panned out for you in the past, you have to stick with your goals. I noticed that if I kept dreaming about accomplishing my goals, they eventually manifested in my life. Obviously, there was A LOT of action that took place, on my end, but I was persistent and consistent in the pursuit.
Throughout time, my dreams developed and changed into bigger and better ones. If they didn’t manifest in the time frame I thought they would, i just adjusted the goal and kept on dreaming! I believed in my dreams and STILL believe in my dreams, which is why I have accomplished so many of them.
It’s important we have BIG DREAMS that we actually believe in. This belief is the component that trigger’s manifestation.
If you simply stick with your DREAMS, life WILL surprise you…and I am sure you will be just as delighted as I was! Just stay with it and DREAM BIG!
I hope you found this helpful!
To YOUR Massive Success,
Ps. The Motivation Files (Album) will be released this FALL 2015. This project WILL help you to become the BEST version of yourself! Stay tuned!
What in the world kind of grammatical FAIL title is that? LOL! In all honesty, I was going for the whole “play on words” kind of thing, but I am not so sure about it now. I may be feeding off a little beverage my wife had last night with dinner. It was called “Jamaican Me Happy”. I have no idea why I think that’s so funny.
Anyway I wanted to talk about a topic that has been on my heart the last couple of weeks. It is something I touch on every once in while and I wanted to address it again.
It’s ALL about our experiences and our reaction to them. I want to talk about our PAST…hence the cheesy title.
More and more I am realizing that past event REALLY do happen for a reason. Not to be all cliche or anything, but each time I come to this conclusion, my mind expands. It’s like every time I study my past, it reinforces this old saying…”things happen for a reason”.
Let us take the time now to remind ourselves that the PAST has an EXTREMELY important part in our growth. Spiritually, physically, financially, relational, and educationally, the past is our foundation for how advanced we are in each category.
Okay, I am done with the ‘refresher’! I mentioned that old saying to say this…we have to have the mature ability to reflect on our past (regardless of how painful it can be at times) and use it as a TOOL!
I know it can be hard, but tapping into these experiences will allow us to become more advanced in present and future dealings. The PAST is not in place to stop you or prevent you from achieving your goals, it’s the complete opposite!
Use it to your advantage and apply the lessons as you go along. Write them down…teach them…do something positive with them, but most importantly LEARN from them.
I really DO understand that this is something you heard before, but I find that reminding myself of the basics every once in a while can keep me from making silly mistakes.
That being said, DO NOT hold a grudge on your past because it has lead you up to THIS point…and if you are reading this right now…I have GOOD NEWS! Something GREAT is about to happen in your life. I just feel it in my soul…the tables are about to turn and EVERYTHING that WAS against you, will NOW be in your favor! Supernatural BLESSINGS are coming your way. God knows what you have been experiencing and knows your struggle. Simply KEEP the faith and keep at it! You are CLOSER than you think and your dreams are about to unfold!
Go out there and use your PAST to catapult your dreams into fruition!
To Your Massive Success,