Making a change in your life is never easy, which is one of the reasons so many people (myself included) choose to resist change. After all, it’s tough to shake an old routine, and even more difficult to get into a new one.
On top of it being difficult to adjust to changes in our lives, we also live in an environment in which we expect instant results, whenever we do anything. We want instant feedback when we send off an email or proposal to a client. We want to be promoted after a year in a job. Heck, as a blogger, I sometimes get frustrated that my traffic and following doesn’t grow more quickly!
Realistically though, there’s many things in life that just take time. Clients need a bit of time to review emails and proposals, since they’re busy. A year at a job is really not all that much, and often people aren’t ready to be promoted that quickly. Oh, and bloggers – consistency is key! You want to grow organically…overnight success is not a real thing!
What am I getting at?
Well, even though I understand that changes don’t happen overnight, it’s still hard to shake the negative feelings that come from waiting. I never thought that I’d still be sorting out my career, months after finishing school. At the same time, I know that a couple months isn’t very long, but at the back of my mind, I had hoped that things would fall into place more quickly. Of course, I need to clarify that I don’t regret my decision at all. I’m so happy that I chose to pursue design and the work that I’m doing is a lot of fun and very rewarding…but there’s no denying that it’s difficult.
I’ll be honest, a lot of the “difficulties” that I’m referring to are financial ones. I know this is still a time of transition and that I’m working towards some pretty fabulous things…but patience is not my strong suit.
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If you’ve ever gone through a career change (or anything similar), how did you deal with the transitional period? Tips are welcomed in the comments!