How To Change Careers Or Start Your Own Business This Year

Want to change careers or start your own business this year? Then we need to get clear about why it hasn’t already happened, so this year can be different for you.


If you’re wondering what it really takes to change careers or to start your own businesses this year, then let’s have a really frank discussion about that.

Because here is one of the first things I would want to ask you:

“How long have YOU wanted to change careers or to start your own business?
How long have you actually been wanting to do this?

That’s also one of the first questions I’ll ask when people come on my career change and entrepreneurship webinars. They are generally professionals in their 30s and 40s.

If you are like most of them,  you’ve likely wanted to make a change for two to four years.
In some cases maybe even more than 10 years.

But it’s rarely less than a year, right?

Maybe you fell into the profession you’re currently in and you always knew it wasn’t the right thing, or maybe something has happened in your private life that means that your current career is just not sustainable.

Whatever it is, then it’s probably longer than a year that you wanted to change careers, right?

So how come it hasn’t happened?

Well let me ask you another frank question:

“If I had followed you around on a day-to-day basis over the last 12 months,  would it have been absolutely clear to me by the way you used your time, your money, your resources and your energy, that your transition was your number one priority?”

“Or did you consistently start and stop, and start and stop, and was your transition consistently pushed away by other things, pushed to the side?”

Just give me a really honest answer.

If you’re in that second category, that’s one of the main reasons why your transition hasn’t happened yet (i.e. it hasn’t happened yet because it wasn’t your number one, easily observable priority, and that’s a fact).

I see this again and again and I want to be really honest with you.

Whenever people come to me, and they’re like, “Rikke, my transition is not really happening,” one of the first things I ask them is:

“Show me your calendar.

Would I know by looking at it that your transition is the most important thing for you?”

Because if it’s not in your calendar, or you’re not carving out consistent time, energy, resources, money for it, then it’s not your priority


Know your kryptonite!

One of the activities I want you to do straight after this video is this:

Action: Go over/Review your calendar (virtual/paper) from the last 12 months, and identify the kryptonite that is consistently taking away the time and resources from your transition.

If you’re like many of my clients, it’s Netflix and Facebook. 

Now, Vikings and Black Mirror are fantastic, but not if it’s killing your dreams.

It might be internet shopping.

It might be all kinds of procrastinating activities.

Maybe it’s friends of yours who are sucking way too much of your time and energy.

Whatever it is, you want to make sure you know your kryptonite, so you can change it, because here’s the deal:

You can only have one priority at any time.

The interesting thing is that the history behind the word priority was that until 1940, it was singular. I.e., there was no such thing as priorities (plural).

It was only ever ONE priority. I want you to think about that when it comes to making your transition happen this year:

It will happen when your transition is the NUMBER ONE priority that you spend time on outside of work.

I know you’re really busy, but the time that you DO have available outside of work and outside of non-negotiable family commitments that, first of all, needs to go to your transition, and that’s also what priority actually means.

Definition of priority: Prior to or before everything else.

It should be the one thing that comes first in your calendar, and it’s the one thing that you plan ahead.

I want you to think about a time in your life when you made a real big change. Why did it happen?

It happened because you plucked away at it like your hair was on fire, and you took action again and again until you got the result you wanted. Classic example to think about is getting fit, right? It is exactly the same thing when it comes to career change.Two things you want to think about:  priority and consistency over time.

So, get your calendar out. Get very clear this year about WHEN your transition is going to happen.

Resolutions are vague and useless.

If you want to change career or you want to start your own business this year, there is one thing you need to focus on and that is commitment.

Commitment to making it your number one priority.

Then be very clear about what your kryptonite is.

And take your time, your energy, your money and your resources back and pull it all into that one priority, and your transition will happen.

It will be inevitable.

Want three very concrete strategies for getting started or back on track with your transition?

Have way too many ideas or none at all?

Then come over to and I’ll show you exactly what to do.

Thank you.

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