How many decisions do you think you make on a daily basis? Five? Ten? Twenty? A study by Cornell University found that people make about 200 decisions every day, just about the food and drinks they consume! When you consider that there's so much more to our days than meals and snacks, it's easy to see you are actually making hundreds of choices a day, without being aware of most of them.
Major life choices, like the type of industry you want to work in, the type of job you want to have, and the company you want to work for can be tough. But making the decision to make a change to one or all of these can have life-long benefits. While it's okay to give someone else the authority to make some of the decisions in your day-to-day life, you can't delegate your career decisions.
One of the best ways to prepare yourself to make major life choices is to start thinking about them before you are forced to make a decision. As anyone in a corporate 9 to 5 job knows, there is no such thing as job security anymore. Companies regularly merge with other companies or simply restructure their workforces, eliminating jobs or changing responsibilities.
If a forced change is a future possibility in your career, or you find yourself simply not feeling fulfilled by the work you do, don't put off thinking about making a career change. There's no time like the present to explore other careers and to find meaning in what you do for a living.
When you're making an everyday choice, like what to eat for lunch, you probably don't spend a lot of time considering the potential positive and negative outcomes of your choice. Of course, when you're making a choice that will affect your income and lifestyle, it's important to put a little more thought into it.
Start by brainstorming the positives. What are the potential outcomes of making a career change? Will you have more work-life flexibility? Is there a potential for greater income and financial security? Will the work itself be rewarding and fulfilling? Then consider any potential negatives about the decision. Will the career change require you to do some education and start working in a field you don't know much about? That can be an uncomfortable place for many people to be; you'll want to evaluate the support options available from any potential new employers you are considering joining.
Sometimes, just going through the exercise of cataloguing pros and cons is enough to make the decision clear in your mind. You can proceed knowing you've thought through the potential good and bad outcomes.
After you've evaluated your options, you need to make a decision one way or the other. Choosing to delay your decision is a choice too, but it's generally not a good option because it can leave you feeling discouraged and out-of-sorts.
You've prepared for the choice ahead of time and thoroughly evaluated your options. Following through by making a choice means you are taking control of your future.
If you are considering making a career choice, even if you don't think you know much about the insurance industry, consider joining Symmetry Financial Group as an Independent Insurance Agent.
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