I hear often that people are afraid of stepping outside of their integrity and authenticity in their career change process. The idea of talking about your professional story and skills, angled toward where you're headed instead of where you've been feels dishonest, or "like a used car salesman."
This reframing, rebranding or "creative finagling," as I call it, is a big part of my work with clients. I believe every single person already has everything they need inside of them to get where they want to be. It's just a matter of being proactive about noticing what's already there, and creative in our manner of exploring new applications.
Here's the thing: I BELIEVE IN INTEGRITY. I believe in honoring every step of your journey by recognizing the full scope of what it was, and what it offered you, beyond just what's apparent on the surface. I believe in empowering people to start their process of reinvention as soon as they realize it's in their highest good... not as soon as they've become an expert in the whatever is next.
If you're motivated to do something different, but you're feeling stuck or confused about how to reframe your skills, this is my advice:
Beginning to tell a new story about our professional identity can often cause imposter syndrome. But that's not because you're out of integrity! It's because you're also still getting to know this next version of yourself.
What you're feeling is not dishonesty, it's unfamiliarity.
The best way to beat unfamiliarity is to get familiar! Get to know yourself as the person you're becoming. The reality is that you're still you - you're just aligning your existing passions, skills and resources behind a new vision.
You've got a lot to offer, and you don't have to let fear and self doubt keep you small, or keep you in a situation that's not serving the highest expression of YOU.