Prepare for a career change



Career change, are you ready for yours? I can’t even tell you how often I work with clients who are desperate to change careers because they stayed in their job too long. They’ve resisted change and turned a blind eye to the fact that they have grown out of their role and then they’re unhappy and unfulfilled.

This creates massive stress and frustration for my clients and sometimes impulsive decisions to quit their jobs!

Why does this happen:

What you resist persists and eventually, you go into catastrophe thinking of simply running away to solve the problem.

The problem with this way of living: you take yourself with you!

So unless you take the time to actually do some soul searching and really figure out:

A: Who you are
B: What you enjoy doing
C: What you’re good at
D: What your purpose are
E: And then marrying all four


You’ll be in many many different roles but end up in the same situation!


Even when you do figure all of this out you’ll have to remember that life is EVER CHANGING!

So if you’re happy in your role right now, expect and be willing to grow and accept change.

When you operate from this level you’ll know exactly when it’s time to move up and reach for that next level job and you’ll never overstay your welcome in a role or have to make desperate and impulse decisions. You’ll advance your career with purpose, intention and inevitably be more successful!

So STOP thinking that once you land a new job you’ll be happy there forever!

Start to realize: YOU WILL OUTGROW any role you have eventually due to personal changes or your own career ambition and growth.

Prepare yourself for these career changes by:

  • Starting to really hone in on what makes you happy, what is it that you want for your life and your career. (As I mentioned in my blog entry “You can do it, even Harvard said so”, early research are showing that people who are most successful and fulfilled in their careers are people who always make decisions based on what makes them happy.
  • Stop playing copycat with your peers. Get creative, break free from the normal 9-5 and dare to step into a less ordinary career if it makes you happy.
  • Always keep your linkedIn account and resume updated (you never know who’s looking for you).
  • Always connecting with interesting people in careers you respect and admire.

(spoiler alert: I do all of this with my Ultimate Career Bootcamp participants.)

Fact: According to Forbes millennials will change jobs between 15-20 times during their careers.


That means:  Everyone, including you, will make a career transition eventually.


ONLY You hold the power to make it a seamless and successful transition.

Now I’d like to hear from you: How do you cope with change? What surprise career transition have you made in your life? Please leave all your comments and questions in the comments below.

Limiting beliefs that are killing you slowly and softly.

IMG_7309I’ve realized in working with my clients and through my own personal experience that there are 3 common limiting beliefs that keep most of us from making successful transitions to careers and lives we love! These 3 culprits keep us stuck in unfulfilling jobs that have an extremely negative impact on our health and relationships.

We’re often completely oblivious to these limiting beliefs and the only way we experience them is through feelings of overwhelm or being paralyzed by the fear they create.


These 3 limiting beliefs are:
  1. You think that your perfect job and life will just magically rock up in your life one day, without you taking any responsibility or doing any introspective work to figure out exactly what it is that you want for yourself.
  2. You think all career and life transitions are hard.
  3. You want to have it all planned out perfectly before you take any action towards the next chapter in your life.

Here’s what will happen when you keep holding on to these limiting beliefs:

NOTHING! You’ll stay stuck.

So how do you work through these beliefs to become unstuck?
  1. Becoming aware of them.
  2. Know that these thoughts and beliefs are not set in stone and you can flip them
  3. Know what your fears are surrounding these limiting beliefs and how it’s keeping you stuck.

When you can own your fear and identify the limiting beliefs that are causing them you can move through them. (I spend a lot of time helping my clients with this  and in my Ultimate Career Bootcamp an entire module is dedicated to working through fear and self-sabotages.)

The important thing to remember is that you do hold the power to create your own reality. You can flip any and all limiting beliefs to live a more fulfilling life and find a successful career.

The first step to doing this:

Giving yourself permission to explore and step into the unknown.


Now I’d like to hear from you: Are you currently feeling stuck? Do any of these limiting beliefs resonate with you? Tell me which one holds you back in the comments below.

I’d be so grateful if you’d share this with someone who could benefit from these tips and strategies.

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This girl successfully transitioned to her perfect job, working less & earning more!

In today’s entry we touch base with someone I have so much respect for. She has been a Pilates client of mine for almost 3 years and I also had the honor of being her coach as she worked through one of the biggest transitions of her life: becoming a mom and then adjusting her career to fit into her new life. She’s been a consultant for many years and more recently transitioned into her role as accountant at a rapidly growing company. Another fun fact about her is that she also recently got certified as a life coach!

Everyone, meet Leanna Gonzalez!



If you’re an expecting Mama or a new mom, you’re going to absolutely love this interview with Leanna. She shares some extremely valuable tips with us and also tells us a little more about the results she’s experienced since signing up for coaching sessions with yours truly and the Ultimate Career Bootcamp.

Let’s dive right in!

Hanneke: What was your biggest challenge with your career after having a baby?

Leanna: The first year of work after maternity leave was full of personal ups and professional downs – I loved being a mom and having a family, but I felt like a bad employee for not working much more than 40 hours a week. I was watching the career I had worked so hard for slip away, but I wasn’t willing to sacrifice any more time with my family, and I was too exhausted to do more than I was already doing.

Over time, I realized I wasn’t going to be able to succeed in my current role while being the kind of parent and spouse I wanted to be. So, I would say my biggest challenge was understanding and embracing how becoming a mother had changed me. Then figuring out what career role would be the best fit with my new priorities.

I remember so many nights crying over the sink while I was washing and preparing the bottles for daycare the next day, and thinking, “This is so hard! I haven’t seen my son all day; he is asleep as soon as I get him home. Everyone on my team hates me because I left the office at 5. I should do some more work when I finish the bottles … but I need to eat something first, and I’m so exhausted! How do people do this? Everyone else seems to have this all under control! I’m a mess. I’m too exhausted to think about this now.

H: What tools or resources was the greatest help to overcome your new challenges as a working mother?

L: I relied on a daily meditation practice and (somewhat) regular exercise to help maintain balance and perspective through the ups and downs. The real savior was Hanneke’s life coaching though. Working with Hanneke restored my confidence in myself and my abilities, and helped me to organize my goals and make strategic plans to achieve them. Every single aspect of my life improved because of the work I did with Hanneke. It truly brought happiness to a whole new level!

H: You did my Ultimate Career Bootcamp last year. How did it help you in your job search?

L: UCB brought structure to my career planning and job search. Before I started the program, I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but that was pretty much it. Through UCB I got crystal clear about what I wanted and why – and ‘the why’ made it real for me, it anchored me to my new goals. The program took me step by step through the process, from identifying what I wanted and why, to the detailed action plan and accountability to make it my reality. When I finished UCB there were no more excuses for not living the life of my dreams because I had the plan right in front of me.

H: What’s your best advice to new working Moms?

L: My advice for new working Moms is to be gentle on yourself. Try to keep in mind that this is probably the biggest transition of your life, and it is completely natural for it to change you in a number of ways. Your priorities, your relationship, your body, your friendships, and maybe even your career goals will change, and it can all be wonderful if you’re open to it.

Also, remember you’re not alone, and you’re not the only Mom to struggle with this. Talk to other Moms. You’ll likely pick up some new mama life hacks, and you’ll feel better knowing you’re in good company. And don’t worry if the Moms you know aren’t “new Moms,” we still remember pregnancy, labor, and those first years vividly, and we’re here to sympathize with, and support you!!

H: What could your company have done to support you more?

L: There are a number of things I would have liked for my company to offer to support me as a new parent: longer maternity leave, short-term and long-term part-time schedule options, life/career coaching services, or a more flexible work schedule. The biggest problem I faced in the workplace was basic respect for being a working parent, and that can’t be immediately rectified by any special schedule or benefit services. However, providing those accommodations and services sends a strong message that the company values the parents in their workforce, and that leads to more respect throughout the workforce. It sets the tone at the top.

Now we’d love to hear from you: What was your favorite tip from Leanna? What struggles have you experienced trying to find a job that better suits you? Tell us in the comments below!!

ALSO: if you’d like to get some of the HOT tips I gave Leanna to make her successful career transition, be sure to signup for my complimentary webinar on Monday Jun 27th at 6p ET ( if you can’t make it – still signup as I’ll be sending a replay link to all registrants only!) Sign up now!