Specifically, doubt that you have something of value to offer outside of someone else’s predefined boxes, roles, and job descriptions.
Do I dare start with who I am (my wiring and top abilities), rather than what they say (the jobs are)?
It sounds like a pretty simple question, right? Yet, it’s a huge psychological and emotional leap. It’s walking up to a cliff, seeing the water below, knowing you can dive and swim (and want to!), but….but….
Some of the smartest and most gifted people I’ve talked to experience this hesitancy.
In a nutshell, here is how I answer (typically in a much more wordy fashion, but here’s the gist):
- You have permission to take charge of your future.
- You have valuable and unique abilities.
- You can do this.
- I’ll help (along with my growing network).
Sometimes, that’s all it takes to get people over the barrier and into a new way of approaching their next phase of professional life.
The doubt barrier is normal. Most of us doubt ourselves as a default setting.
Now, let’s hurdle it, shall we?