Jon Acuff is the author of Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck and Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job. Here’s his advice on starting over:
1. Starting over isn’t a one-step process.
There are two things I believe about people: You’re capable of more than you think, and it’s going to be harder than you think. The first one is about hope, and the second one’s about a plan. My belief about a career do-over is that you get hope, you get inspired, you give yourself the permission to have a do-over, and the second part is that you have a plan to execute it.
2. Brush up on skills, old and new.
When you realize being stuck doesn’t have to be your final destination—that there are things you can do, there are skills you can work on—that can be really exciting. It’s this idea that I see this thing I’m doing, but I know it’s not my final destination.
3. Assess yourself.
The first thing to tell yourself: Work doesn’t have to be boring. It doesn’t have to be average. It can actually be meaningful; you can actually do something that matters. The second step is starting to see where you really are.
4. Get ready to buckle down.
You read a lot of books that kind of say, “OK, so the goal is to do less and less work with your life.” And my goal is the opposite. It’s to do more and more work that you love. And I think that relates to a lot of people. I’ve had stay-at-home moms say, “I’m not going to believe the lie that I’m just a stay-at-home mom. I get to do things, too.” And it all involves work. Work is not the enemy.
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This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.