As much as I enjoy teaching, it isn't what I see myself doing ten years into the future. It's been more than three years since I've contemplated planning an exit strategy that will bring me closer to where I want to be as a copywriter, speaker and author. But the truth is, I didn't see myself doing anything different than teaching... until sometime late last year.
Knowing the details of your exit strategy is what will get you out of your current job and through the transition. These six things will help you build that momentum toward fulfilling your dreams and goals:
Having a support system is crucial.
It's hard to go navigate emotionally difficult terrain without any kind of support. I reached out to a safe group of women building their businesses online and was grateful when one of the women bolstered me with pep talk and sound advice. It gave me the strength to go on in a world that is constantly focused on outcomes.
Build your "courage muscle."
It takes great doses of courage to continue your day job while pursuing your dreams. Each thing you do will bring you closer to implementing your exit strategy.
Start by just taking that first step.
Brush off your cover letter writing skills, go to networking meetings, do research on various job positions, set up Google alerts.
The courage is always in that first step.
In my situation, I wasn't leaving my day job now or tomorrow so the pressure was off. I breathed into that space so I could stay more mindful of what I was doing. You cannot build that courage muscle from an anxious place.
Take steps towards your exit strategy while doing your day job.
A lot of people think that they need to jump off the deep end to prove. Barbara Corcoran, Shark Tank investor, built her real estate business while working two jobs. I know of two teachers who managed to surpass their summer income upon leaving teaching. It can be done. It's hard work, and it might take longer than expected, but it can be done providing you know the action steps to take day in and out.
Take consistent steps towards your business plan.
Any successful entrepreneur knows that a plan is only so good if you are actually taking steps towards implementing it. the key is making you're your action steps are aligned with the actual goals of your business plan. Also, know when you want to accomplish your goals by - having a time frame and accountability is of course, extremely important.
Create a business plan.
A business plan needs to get implemented. It's important to decide on the time frame of your business plan. The sooner you want your goals to become a reality, the more you'll need to hustle.
So there you have it - 5 strategies to help with my exit strategy. While such strategies require a leap of faith, as Anais Nin has said, "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
What steps will you take with your exit strategy so you can thrive and blossom?