The Career Change Kiss of Death

Waiting for the perfect time means waiting for something that will never come.

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Curt Rosengren
When it comes to pursuing your dreams, the notion that "the time isn't right" is the kiss of death. Instead of taking action to move toward the career you really want, you end up sitting and waiting, hoping that things will change and the time will be right...someday.

The trouble is—that perfect day when the stars align and everything is ready for comfortable change almost never comes. There is always something getting in the way. There is always something less than preferable about your circumstances. There is always something that you need to know, or do, or have, or...well, you get the picture.

If you continue waiting for the time to be right, the ultimate effect is a rolling buffer zone between you and the life you want to create. The right time will always be sometime in the future, "after I fix this or after I overcome that."

If you want to pursue a career that lights you up, there is never any better time than RIGHT NOW to start taking action. That's not to say you should be foolhardy. Reality has a role to play. Rather, I'm suggesting that, whatever your circumstances, you should commit to action. Commit to taking steps in the direction of the career you really want.

If you start taking small steps on the side right now—say, taking a class or getting involved in an organization where you can get to know people in your targeted field—and continue taking steps, you are exponentially more likely to reach a point where the time is "right enough" to make the change.

After years as a professional malcontent, Curt Rosengren discovered the power of passion. As a speaker, author, and coach, Rosengren helps people create careers that energize and inspire them. His book 101 Ways to Get Wild About Work and his E-book The Occupational Adventure Guide offer people tools for turning dreams into reality. Rosengren's blog, The M.A.P. Maker , explores how to craft a life of meaning, abundance, and passion.