It's quite human nature conspiring to maintain the status quo. It's easier and less threatening to stay put. To bust through barriers, you've got to really want the new career, and identify the specific actions that will get you there.
- First, figure out what holds you back. Are you afraid of failing, losing status, or something else? Detailing the benefits and visualizing yourself in the new career will reinforce your resolve to move ahead.
- Establish a timeframe with small but specific actions toward your goal to accomplish each week, and create your own milestones along the way. The old "one step at a time" approach really works and will fuel your motivation.
- Find a partner for support and idea generation. You can't beat having an encouraging voice on the sidelines saying, "You can do it, you can do it," during those moments of self-doubt. Recruit a friend or contract with a career coach for direction and encouragement to stay on track with your goals.
- Go for it.