One of the joys of making a career change is becoming something or someone new. Reinventing ourselves. Letting go of the old and donning on a new hat that more closely aligns with who we are today and how we want to show up in the world.
But this can sometimes be a double-edged sword. As beautiful as it may sound, this evolution, this becoming, can also be daunting. It can be surprisingly challenging to let go of our old, established identities. Even harder is identifying the beliefs we’ve always had about what success looks like or sounds like — and releasing those that no longer serve us.
I know this because this is one of the challenges that tripped me up. Of all the things I expected to be difficult, this wasn’t one of them.
In this episode, I explore this with business coach, author, and fellow podcaster, Lee Chaix McDonough.
Lee Chaix experienced significant transitions in the last few years, not just for herself and her career, but for her family as well. Lee’s husband worked for the United States Air Force as a periodontist for most of his career. He, along with Lee and their 2 kids lived in Germany, where Lee also worked as a therapist, clinical social worker, and public health professional.
In 2015, they felt it was time to leave the Air Force. They decided to move back to the States and for Lee’s husband to start his own dental practice. Lee figured she was going to be the one constant through all the changes and transitions. She initially put her career on the back burner as she helped her family acclimate to their new life.
When it came time to get back to her own professional life, Lee faced a decision of her own. She no longer wanted to work as a therapist. But what should she do next? Ironically, it was watching her husband navigate his own career pivot and experience his own challenges that pointed Lee to her next career move.
Highlights of Episode 106
- The challenge that goes with transitioning from employee to owning your own business
- Letting go of the old identity and embracing the new one as you make a career change
- The 3 Ms (Mindset, Meaning, and Mindfulness), what each one means, and how they show up and influence our careers and personal lives
- Separating the ‘work’ from the desired results
- Aligning career choices with our core values