Not too long ago, I took a leap of faith – I quit. I was working in the government sector and wanted to work in a completely opposite field…combining energy healing with life coaching.
Despite how irrational my choice may have seemed on the surface, especially with 20 years left on my mortgage, things panned out much better than expected.
Prior to making each leap, I tapped into my intuition. We all have it, but doesn’t mean it’s easy to sort through the inner debating committee chatter and really hear what our instinctive feeling, that inner voice, is trying to tell us.
So let’s get into what actions you can take right now to get you closer to your dream career (while tapping into your intuition each step of the way)!
Don’t Quit Your Job Yet: 2 Ways to Tap Into Your Intuition
1. Get your foot in the door with an internship, volunteer position or part-time job in the industry you want to be working in.
For instance, say you are an investment banker and your passion is photography. You decided you want to make a switch to be a wedding photographer. Then seek a position with wedding event planners, even if it’s unpaid!
It may be hard to make a living being a wedding photographer right off the bat, especially if you haven’t been doing it full-time. So the least you can do is get your foot in the door of the industry that you are trying to get into to.
It’s easy to get caught up in going after the shiny object or the first job that comes your way right after you resign from your job.
Typically this will still be in the same industry as the one you are trying to quit. But if you really want to make the change, the best way forward is to get your foot in the door first, even if this means a huge pay cut.
I was overwhelmed with all the opportunities that came my way because they paid at least 30% more than my last job. But all the opportunities were still in the same industry that I was trying to leave behind.
Instead, I took on employment at the local studio teaching free community classes and getting paid minimum wage working at the front desk. This allowed me to network among yoga teachers and studio owners, which in turn created synergy with my business of combining energy healing (which goes hand-in-hand with yoga) and life coaching.
2. Introduce yourself using the title of your dream profession.
For instance, using the last scenario, rather than saying “I’m unemployed” or “I was an investment banker”, tell people you are a wedding photographer.
When you start doing this, you are putting out there your services and letting others respond accordingly, whether it’s telling you about a friend who is getting married or keeping you in mind the next time they come across someone getting married.
Prior to even leaving my 9-5, I told people I was a yoga teacher, even when I was still in the midst of my certification training. I taught a few classes but it didn’t mean I was a seasoned teacher by any means. Nevertheless, this opened up so many conversations about opportunities in the yoga industry.
Once I quit my 9-5, I continued to introduce myself as a yoga teacher and included Reiki practitioner and life coach in my introduction. By doing so, I attracted a number of leads and most importantly, it allowed me to get my services out there.
In addition, saying out loud helped me mentally, emotionally, and energetically prepare for the next chapter of my career as saying it out loud made my ideal profession become “real.”
Wishing you all the best in the next chapter of your life!