31 Jan A fresh start: Everything you need to know
The last day at your old job is fast approaching, or perhaps it has already arrived. Your fresh start either has you enthused or scared witless – maybe even both. How do you take the first steps to a new beginning, though?
While the first few days may be difficult, it is quite normal to feel this way. You are, after all, outside your comfort zone. And that comfort zone may be one you inhabited for a long time. Maybe you escaped a toxic workplace. You might want to grow your experience in a certain sector. Perhaps your fresh start means a 180 in terms of your career.
The truth is: Sometimes we want more than our qualifications, experience, or industry allow for. Fresh starts facilitate many things, including personal growth, professional development, and increased self-awareness.
The traditional career (or job) trajectory no longer holds true. The world of work has changed drastically in just a few generations. Experts agree that many of us will change careers (and jobs) several times.
Our personal development too is something we are constantly trying to improve. Whether you choose yoga, art classes, music lessons, or therapeutic writing to make sense of life, they all signal the wish to learn more, to do more, to become more.
How do I get going?
In forging a new beginning, you can create a new reality. So, here are a few things to consider:
- Take stock of what you want to achieve. Journaling is one of the ways you can check in on yourself. Use this powerful tool to record your thoughts and feelings. Don’t know how? Check out this awesome guide!
- Learn from past mistakes. While it is important to acknowledge past mistakes, treat them as lessons rather than failures.
- Be grateful. Although people tend to complain about their lot in life, few are willing to take a leap of faith. Not everyone has the opportunity, or courage, to start afresh! Use your fresh start to reinvent yourself.
- Persevere. Yes, it might be tough going at the beginning of your exciting new change, but stick it out.
The same guidelines apply for all fresh starts
The good news is that there is no best time to start anew. There is also no right or wrong way to begin your journey. It is a matter of persevering with your decision and embracing your courage and conviction.
It doesn’t matter whether you are leaving a job behind, starting a new hobby, or learning a skill – your mindset ultimately decides your success. That success is not measured in the same way, though, for how can we compare these experiences, or measure them against each other? Your definition of success with vary according to what you want to achieve.
Go easy on yourself. Even if it takes longer than anticipated for you to master something, at least you have taken the first steps. Think of fresh starts as new life lessons – as self-development – rather than a departure from an old habit, life, or a tried and tested way of doing things. Your approach can be as novel as you make it!