October 23, 2012 @ 8:00 am - posted by Eddie Yu

If you’re planning a Career Break or Sabbatical, there can be a number of challenges that might hinder your progress, from limited financial resources to playing out a contract with an employer. Perhaps the most challenging of all, is overcoming anxiety and possible lack of motivation to achieve your goal.

A positive mindset will play an incredibly important part in keeping you motivated and successfully achieving your goal of taking a Career Break or Sabbatical. It’s no secret that when you make grand plans, a little voice in your head always pops up to challenge your reasoning and more often than not, that voice has a powerful impact that causes your actions to cease and dreams to fade.

Here’s a few ideas which I know will help keep you on track so that you are motivated to successfully achieve your CareerBreak or sabbatical.

Positive vs. negative reasons

A positive reason is always more powerful than a negative one when it comes to cause and effect and resultant action. There may be many thoughts in your head around why you are looking to take a CareerBreak, and it’s natural for people to consider and focus on the negative reasons, rather than the positive ones.

I know you’re probably thinking, isn’t this obvious? Well to be fair it is, but it doesn’t hurt to reiterate, because the negative ideas in your head will not serve you in generating an unconsciously positive outcome. Ultimately, what you are aiming for is a mindset geared towards everything you want to achieve and it’s benefits.

Concentrate on the great things you’ll be doing with your Career Break, and soon those negative reasons will drift away into the darkness where they belong.

Make a plan

It’s likely that there will be a length of time between when you first decide to take a Career Break and when you actually plan to take it. Most people either have to save up or release finances to take time out.  Perhaps there are other considerations you need to prepare for in order to get away? You might need to rent out your home if you are considering travelling, or you might want to engage in some volunteer work. Whatever you decide, you’ll need to make a plan.

There are many things you’ll have to do, so having a clearly written plan will really help to keep you motivated and on track. As you pass each marker on your plan, you’ll feel that you are one step closer to your goal. Make sure that on your plan, you don’t make the sub-goals too large and overwhelming; otherwise you might not action them. If you do have large sub-goals, make sure you break them down into easy to action achievable chunks.

Every little counts

Keeping your eye on the goal and staying motivated means that every little win on the way will make a difference to your final outcome. As they say in the Ad’s, every little counts.

If you are saving up for your Career Break, every pound you can save will count in the end. If you are completing some work for your employer before leaving, every target reached brings you one step closer to your goal.  This is all about focus and making sure you are celebrating those little wins along the way.

Acknowledge yourself, step into your own awareness and control your own destiny and the motivation will keep rolling forward.


About Eddie Yu

Eddie Yu is a classic Digital Entrepreneur starting several businesses online and successfully operating in this industry for 11 years. He is also the author of the bestselling book, "Speedlights & Elephants: Winning The Online Business Game". Eddie firmly believes that with social entrepreneurship and technological advancements we can create a world without offices and impact climate change for the betterment of our planet.

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