My biggest career regret & #RichCareerChallenge

Today I’ll share something that very few people know: My biggest career regret and the secret that led to my career transition aha moment. If you’re not feeling so hot about your career right now, be sure to read right till the end so you can sign up for my #RichCareerChallenge and create your confident and rich career!

 

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2 country transitions, 5 city transitions and 3 career industry transitions later, the one thing I regret more than not figuring out my ultimate career quicker is:

 

All the time I wasted not living my life

 

I literally spent countless days being miserable and not having fun. Instead of enjoying the journey as my career plans naturally unfolded, I took it all way too seriously and always felt like I was stuck. I felt that everyone else was living their dream and I was somehow missing out! (thank goodness we didn’t have social media back then, else I’d have some serious FOMO issues.)

 

You see I personally made the fatal mistake of letting my unhappiness in my career completely consume me. (Spoiler alert: a lot of us do this!) 

 

I would complain about my job constantly. My long stressful office days sucked the life out of my soul and so I declined numerous invitations to go live and do exciting social activities at night or over weekends.  These invitations could have given me joy and also freed up brain space and creativity to help me figure out my future career sooner.

 

I would even push the gym to the side! In my mind I HAD to figure out what I was going to do next and I had to do it right then and there. I put way to much pressure on myself and rush home from work just to hop on the computer to try and figure it all out. I thought I could push my new career out of myself and that Google would give me the answer to my future. 

 

This was a massive mistake for two reasons:

  1. I was isolating myself: a sure way to make yourself even more unhappy.
  2. I was thinking that I could solve my career conundrum all by myself, locked up in my house.

 

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I had literally put my happiness in that present moment on a big fat HOLD. How wrong I was!

 

I was doing exactly the opposite of what eventually helped me have my aha moment.

 

The very sad part to me is that I know I’m not alone. I see so many of my friends and my career transition clients do exactly the same thing.

 

Urgh… it literally makes me sick to my stomach! Look, I get it – this career transition business is important stuff but you don’t have to miss out on life or fun while you’re figuring out your next career move.

And that’s exactly how my career aha eventually happened!

You see in order for you to have your light bulb moment, you need to: 

  • get and keep yourself in a positive frame of mind
  • start living your life now
  • get out and be social
  • do away with all the drama and negativity

 

And that’s exactly what I’ll help you do in my #RichCareerChallenge, starting Monday March 8th!

 

In this 10 day challenge I’ll show you:

  • how to turn your office cubicle into an inspiring confidence boosting oasis
  • the one thing you need to do daily to help you feel better about your mediocre job
  • how to shift your focus to what is working in your life and how you can make it work even better
  • set clear boundaries on how much time you spend thinking of work and your future career
  • start living a full, happy and rich life now
  • how to be more productive in your career search

The challenge starts  Monday March 8th. Interested in joining this challenge? 

 

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What you’ll get when you sign up: 

  1. A daily email containing a challenge of the day + inspiring quote
  2. When you follow me on Instagram @hannakeantonelli you’ll also receive daily motivation via my Instagram feed. You’ll also get a secret #hastag so you can cheer on and be part of my successful career transition movement and connect with other like-minded ladies.
  3. You’ll automatically be enrolled in my bi-weekly newsletter with more tips you need to make your successful career transition happen.

 

Who is this challenge for:

  • anyone who’s currently unsatisfied with their job
  • anyone planning a career transition
  • anyone feeling stuck and pressured to make their next career move quickly
  • anyone with doubts about their current career trajectory
  • anyone in the process of applying for new jobs and feeling burned out/discouraged by the job market

And don’t worry you won’t have to think about your job or future one a second longer than you already do, in fact, you’ll think of it less and accomplish more!

Ready to start living now and be happy and confident again?

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Can you really have your cake and eat it too?

In the modern world that we live in, with so many amazing opportunities, it’s so easy to overeat at the success buffet, biting off more than you can chew and then being overwhelmed and unsatisfied.

Social media shows us everyone’s wins and amazing accomplishments. In magazines we read all about how celebs have it all: looks, successful acting careers, hot husbands and kids, etc… If you’re an ambitious cookie like myself, all of this may create some internal pressure to start saying yes to any and all opportunities.

That’s normally where it all goes ‘tits up’ as my British broker friends would say. In my last blog entry with Diane Daly, I loved her honest tip: “My advice to working moms or working women who are thinking of starting/expanding their family is that you can have it all – just not all at once.”

Her advice also got me thinking about a few of my favorite topics: goals, choices, balance and of course opportunities. How do you measure the right quantities of each to bake your perfect success story?

 

If you’re going to have your cake and eat it too, you first need to know exactly what kind of cake you’re baking. Get crystal clear on what you want for all parts of your life: your career, friends, family, fitness, health – what are all the ingredients?

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Being crystal clear on what you want will help you to stay focused on your own path and stop you from comparing yourself to others. It will also be way easier to figure out what opportunities to say yes too and which ones to let go.

Here are a few questions to help you get clear and figure out your unique life cake:

What is your definition of success?

What kind of work-life-balance are you looking for?

What are your personal and career goals?

How many hours a week do you want to devote to work, fitness, family etc?

Knowing the answer to these questions will help you seek out specific companies or career opportunities that will help you land the balance you’re looking for.

Try to get as specific as possible and take time regularly to evaluate where you are, where you want to be and adjust accordingly. Remember you can have your cake and eat it too by making choices and saying yes to opportunities that are in line with your ultimate career and life goals.

Now I’d love to hear from you: are you struggling to figure out what the right steps are to take for your career? What’s making it difficult for you? Have you cracked the code to striking the perfect balance between your life and career? Tell me your insights in the comments below. Your question/comment/answer could help someone else!

Introducing the Soul Sister Series: The scoop from women who succeeded in career & life transitions.

I’m so super stoked about today’s entry. It’s been in the works for months, and today it’s here and ready for you. Starting this month I’ll be running this series every last Tuesday of the month.

As you know, my main focus as a life coach is to support you while you navigate career and life transitions. I am here to help you build a career that lines up with your ultimate definition of success so you can take action and start your own business or get that next big promotion.

As extra inspiration, I’m launching the Soul Sister Series, a new monthly Q&A feature with amazing women who have already gone through these transitions. I hope their success stories will motivate you to start achieving your own.


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We kick off the series with Kristin Quinn, who writes the Boston-based blog Misadventures in Mommyhood, which has led to TV appearances. In addition to Kristin’s interesting thoughts, we thought we’d make it even more fun and give you a chance to win a copy of Kristin’s book. So make sure you read all the way to the end to see how you can win.

For those of you considering starting your own blog or improving the one you already have, Kristin is going to give us a few tips and honest truths about running your own business as a blogger.

Hanneke: What made you decide to start your blog?
Kristin: About a month into nursing my first child, I started writing down all of the funny thoughts that would come to me in the middle of the night. That “journal” turned into my first-ever blog entry, “Tales From the Boob.”

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H: Did you ever think you’d turn it into your full-time job?
K: Not right off the bat. It was more of a way to document my navigation through new mommyhood. I didn’t want to forget a thing, and I wanted other new moms to know they weren’t alone. I have a background in baby-product marketing, and as time went on, I realized I could make a business out of it!

H: What’s the best tip you’d give someone who’s wanting to start a blog?
K: Have something interesting to say and then say it. It’s really as simple as that. People want to read about real-life experiences from your own voice. And don’t hold back! The entertainment value comes from the brutal honesty.

H: What’s been the hardest thing about working for yourself?
K: Knowing when to put down my work. When I had a job in an office, the boundaries were there. The hours were set in stone. Now there is no end time. My work is always right there, staring me in the face and waiting for me to finish. It doesn’t matter if it’s Saturday at 3 p.m. or Monday at 9 a.m. There are deadlines and new opportunities always popping up.

H: What’s been you biggest accomplishment so far?
K: My children, 100 percent. I put everything into raising them. I want to provide the right balance of letting them figure things out on their own and guiding them the best I can. It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had – and the best. The second biggest accomplishment I would say is my TV appearances lately. I never, ever thought I would gain that type of recognition. It feels really good to have someone trust you to represent their product or brand on TV to a larger audience.

To enter and stand a chance to win Kristin’s book – we’d like to hear from you: Are you toying with the idea of starting a blog? What’s the main thing that’s stopping you from doing it? Tell us in the comment section below to be entered and be sure to follow Kristin’s blog here. Winners will be announced on Facebook on Wednesday April 1st so head on over!

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