• Being different is what can get your foot in the door.

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Some people want to change careers but don’t think they have what it takes. Others feel they should stay in a particular role or industry. Shift your mindset. Don’t be frightened of the unknown. What you know, not what you don’t know, is what will help you advance in your career. If you take advantage of what you know and strategically position your skills and expertise, you can gain the competitive advantage for a successful career. Here are four tips to help make a successful transition and get closer to where you want to be in your career:

1. Identify what you want to do with your career.

If you could do or be anything or anyone, what or who would it be? Let your mind wander. Dream as if you were a child again. Try not to confine yourself to social norms and accepted ways of thinking like many people do as they age.

Think back to what you said you wanted to be when you grew up. Think about people with whom you engage or see on the news that excite you. Are they a version of who you want to be or become? Have you already met the person you want to be?

2. Reflect on what is stopping you from attaining your career goals.

Think about what is hindering you from having the career you want. Are you married to your title? Are you married to your degree and feel like you have a set path? Are you worried you are not going to make as much money doing something else? Think about what worries you so that you can put your finger on what might be making it difficult to reach and tackle your career goals.

Few people take time to reflect on roadblocks. Some come to the conclusion that what they want is impossible for some reason or another. Stop focusing on probability, and start focusing on possibility.