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3 Ways to Embrace the Art of Transition

In the world of career transitions, there's an art to master—a dance between caring deeply and not caring at all, taking your journey seriously while infusing it with playful creativity. It's about setting high standards and allowing room for mistakes, caring about your reputation and materials while not letting others' opinions hold you back, and strategically planning your path while having faith in the process. It's a lot like how an artist approaches their work.

Artist looking at a blank canvas

You don’t have to know how to paint, dance, play an instrument, or sing to borrow from an artist’s mindset.

3 Ways a Creative Mindset Can Help You to Greater Success and Fulfillment

in a Career Transition (or any transition)

Artist at her desk playing with colors and ideas on a pad

1. Care Wholeheartedly: Craft your vision, set your standards high, and invest your energy in building the skills and materials that authentically represent you. Strive for excellence (and know the difference between excellence and perfection). Just like an artist who keeps refining their work, you are committing to giving your best and honoring your human-ness.

Kids playing by looking standing on their heads

2. Embrace the Spirit of Play:

Embody your brave and playful self to try new things, network with diverse people, or consider unconventional paths. Just as artists experiment with new techniques, don't be afraid to explore uncharted territories and take calculated risks in your transition.

person with a bakcpack crossing a bridge

3. Trust the Process and Yourself: Career transitions are, in essence, a journey into the unknown. You can choose a process that provides a framework for your journey. Like an artist, you can allow this process to lead to new insights which will lead to new actions

Reminder # 1:

Making mistakes isn’t a dead end, but an integral and absolutely necessary part of the process, helping you redirect and refine. And, sometimes, they lead to the most extraordinary works of art, inventions, and opportunities!

Reminder #2: Reminder:

Know that everything you have done so far has prepared you for this moment. Nothing is wrong with being right where you are.

It's the only place to start!

Judy Garfinkel helps you clarify "what's next." Her expertise in building confidence and resilience supports personal development and the ability to navigate career and work transitions – especially now! She is a certified Trauma Informed Coach. Judy also crafts bespoke resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and bios that open doors for her clients and land jobs. Judy is a Past President of the International Coaching Federation - Connecticut Chapter, where she led 250+ member coaches. You can reach her at

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