CityGirl Guide: 5 Steps To Your Secret Career Break
“Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone” Neale Donald Walsch
I’m writing this en route back to Italy after a fabulous “career break”, in Paris.
I call my time there a career break because essentially I was there to work but it was just so much fun and a totally luxurious break.
I had the great fortune of being in Paris to work with an amazing London corporate CityGirl on a Career Transformation One Day Intensive and thanks to challenging myself to travel and work in Paris alone , I gained two more opportunities to work with French based locals enhancing their Careers too!
Just being in Paris’ beauty and vibration inspired my own Vocational Vision and reminded me of what’s really possible for us all when we are willing to take a risk and challenge ourselves to something new.
“What we most want to do is what we are most meant to do” Julia Cameron
I consider travelling alone a challenge at times, sometimes it’s easy to feel insecure in a foreign country and a little shy or nervous dining out alone but I have to admit for me it’s still the fastest route to up level your confidence , it truly pushes you past the dreaded uncomfortable comfort zone.
Equally it’s inspiring how many unexpected experiences, career connections and opportunities one can have when they decide to enter a new environment, if even for a short few days.
When I’m alone I notice I make an even greater effort to connect more to others and get this, others want to reach out even more too, this is great for your soul not just your business.
The Universe Rewards Risk
I’m constantly amazed at the synchronicity I experience when I challenge myself and take risks, for example I was just having dinner in a beautiful little bistro near my hotel one evening alone and a guy came in and was seated in the table next to me.
He wished me “Bon Apetit”, as the French do , and we got talking, as it turned out he just happens to be General Manager of a global Steel Industry , who’s now searching for a new direction concerning his life and career!
Was it worth taking the “risk” to do business in Paris and to dine alone? Hell yes!
You see the Universe always rewards risk but first you’ve got to get out of your expensive illusion called safety or the “career cocoon” and actually take the risk maybe even take it alone.
If you’re constantly surrounded by a work place that’s less than inspiring, colleagues that are dragging you down and a sense of boredom or dread concerning what you do, then it’s really time to admit that you are ready for and deserve a “career break” in some exciting way.
I highly recommend travelling elsewhere as a first step for anyone seeking to transform his or her career, by giving yourself that change of environment, for however short, you’ll be giving yourself permission to experience something new.
You’ll see the other side of life and what’s possible for you, and your senses will be so inspired through imagery, food and all sorts of new pleasures that you’ll also return to your job re-inspired in the short term and totally confident about your own career transformation in the long-term!
Here are my 5 Steps To Secure Your Secret Career Break .
1) Challenge yourself to travel, alone.
Choose a destination that excites you and would light you up like the Eiffel Tower sparkles on the hour for me!
Where have you been longing to go but yet to give yourself permission to do so? First place that pops into your head or first adventure ? That’s it go!
2) Book your flight.
The Universe rewards risk remember so stop counting what you can and can’t afford and simply reserve your seat on that flight, as soon as you commit the world will come in to commit the money, resources and connections to work with you.
3) Permit yourself the best luxury or boutique hotel.
What you surround yourself with is what and who you become so why not aim for the best service and experience you can buy?
The connections I’ve made in 4 and 5 star hotels lately have paid for the accommodations alone, remember this is your career break so choose an environment nothing like the one you currently know and if you’re a bit stuck on cash try the deals on TRIVAGO!
4) Set your Career Date.
Whilst away do something that you secretly wish you could do as part of your career.
Whilst in Paris I had a photoshoot, this was my ultimate fantasy career date, a camera following me along the Parisian streets and flashing at me outside Chanel!
What could you do that you’d really love to experience in your own career one day?
5) Reach out and connect.
You can’t be shy now you’ve come all the way here, you’ll get the most out of this career break if you drop your ego down the well and simply break free of the “I need to perfect” shell.
Reach out to people , say “Hello”, this is how lucrative connections start and that person may just be the route to you truly embracing the Career You Desire And The Life You Deserve!
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