In the first scene of Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl, Captain Jack Sparrow, once the successful pirate captain of the legendary Black Pearl is seen floating along in what’s little more than a canoe with a sail. Regardless, he is standing atop the mast, eyes firmly fixed in the direction of his destination. That is, until something catches his eye down below. It turns out the boat is leaking and is already half full of water. He has to swing down and bail. About that time, he sails past the hanging bodies of his fallen comrades and takes in the dire admonition, “Pirates be warned.” Things look bad, there’s no getting around it.
He sails on. He approaches the dock riding high atop the mast as his boat sinks beneath him. Everyone is staring. Everyone is judging. Undeterred, he jauntily steps off his sinking boat onto the dock, just as the boat heaves its last and sinks beneath the water. His timing is impeccable. He sashays down the dock, oblivious to the stares.
This is what a career change looks like. Doors are closing right and left. The boat is sinking fast. Stories of failed career changes – the dead bodies of your fallen comrades – might pop into your experience. You’ll be trying to keep your eyes on what you really want, your vision, only to have to jump down and bail water.
It’s right now, when this is happening that you keep the faith and sail towards the harbor, confident that you will reach the dock at the perfect time. There will be a lot of things that you don’t have control of, whether you get this opportunity or that one, but you do have complete control over how you step off the boat. Take some inspiration from Captain Jack Sparrow. Calmly assess the situation for what it is and step off jauntily, confident in the knowledge that everything is always working out for you.