Career-Change Mindset: My Top 5 Tips For 2022

Welcome to 2022 – a clean slate, a fresh start and the year you can well and truly own.

If you’ve found your way here, you’re likely to be wanting some guidance on how to navigate the next 12 months. How you’re looking to make positive changes. Maybe you’re looking to change career… who knows!

Nobody can offer you a foolproof plan. Life has a knack of throwing some curveballs your way from time to time.

Luckily though, these 5 simple tips are just as relevant for the tough times, as well as for those navigating calmer waters.

#1 – Learn To Say ‘Yes’ More Often

Not only is the word a positive affirmation in itself, saying ‘yes’ usually means an opportunity has come knocking.

Now, as humans, we tend to be wired to staying within our comfort zones. Therefore ‘no’ tends to be our default position.

We often dwell on what could go wrong. But here’s a thought – how about instead of dwelling on negatives, think about all the things that could go right?

One of my favourite sayings, I picked up many years ago, is:

“People usually reject new ideas and opportunities because they come dressed up as hard work”

But anything worth achieving usually does require a little time and some kind of investment (emotionally or financially) from you.

Yet in the end you’re usually always glad you did it.

Maybe you’re looking at this website, wondering about a career change, but are worried about taking the plunge?

This is your mind weighing up whether to say maintain the status quo, or whether to embrace new possibilities.

So instead of saying ‘no’ in 2022, why not see what saying ‘yes’ does when appropriate opportunities or ideas come a-knocking?

You may be pleasantly surprised…

#2 – Start Living Your Own Life

You see it so often – people doing or saying things purely designed to impress or please others. It may be a friend, a work colleague or even someone they don’t actually know.

A bit like the scene in the movie Wall Street where Charlie Sheen’s character tricks his way into Gordon Gekko’s office in an attempt to secure a job with him, it’s painful to watch and makes the protagonist look desperate.

And definitely like in the movie, it’s true that while it might work for a short period of time, there is no long-term gain to be had trying to curry favour with others at the expense of your own values and happiness.

Maybe that is now manifesting itself in you staying in a job or career which no longer inspires you. You’re just going through the motions for the sake of others.

People appreciate authenticity, and they’ll know if you’re unhappy. Even if they don’t warm to you personally or agree with you, they can at least respect you being true to yourself.

So, to steal another great saying, ‘Be Yourself – Everyone Else Is Taken!

#3 – Don’t Be Shy – Reach Out More!

It’s usually seen as a sign of weakness in some circles to ask for help or advice.

Well, I say that’s rubbish, because I’ve gained and learned so much more by picking up the phone, sending a message or arranging to meet up with someone who I’d never spoken to previously, but would welcome their advice or expertise.

I do it regularly with my annual Sweep Swap and I’ve met some fantastically talented and interesting people as a result.

And here’s the thing; the more you give, the more you get back in return.

A bit like the ‘say yes more’ tip earlier, reaching out isn’t as scary as it seems once you’ve got over your initial fears.

I absolutely love it when people contact me for advice. It’s not because I’m some megalomaniac; it’s because I can actually learn something as well.

We are all continuously learning. We only stop when we fail to reach out and close our minds to other thoughts and opinions.

Don’t be that person. Make 2022 the year you engage more.

And why not make us one of your first ports of call?

#4 – Surround Yourself With Positive People

Ever heard the phrase “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future?”

This is because, generally, you become the sum of the the main 5 or 6 people you interact with on a regular basis.

So if they’re positive, you’ll be positive. If they have bad habits, you’re likely to have them, or soon acquire them too, and so on.

Having a positive mindset is the key to a happy life. Not only is it better for your mental health, it’s also better physically for you as well.

Surround yourself with people who talk you up, who champion you and want you to do well for *you*.

At Mr Soot, that’s exactly what we do. I’m actually a company owner who wants everyone to be better than me. The more the merrier.

No silly, pointless egos here – just helping everyone reach their potential.

#5 …And Avoid Destructive Negativity

I call them ‘Mood Hoovers’ – people who suck the life and enthusiasm from you.

Their glass is always half empty. Their stock phrase is ‘it won’t work’ and they go round pouring their (half empty glass of) cold water on anything which they don’t like.

Well, those types are well and truly banned at Mr Soot!

Anyone who has genuine concerns about any path or course of action you’re considering (assuming it’s legal of course!) will give a fair and balanced argument.

But ultimately they will leave the final choice to you. And they’ll respect your choice. Anyone who is disrespectful beyond this is not in your ‘corner’.

Published by Mr Soot Chimney Sweep

We are registered chimney sweeps serving large parts of the North West of England. Members of the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, we have HETAS Approved Sweep status and are registered solid fuel installers.

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