motivation for career break travel planning

A weird trick to help you stay motivated during your career break travel planning

Today, I′m sharing a weird trick to help you stick to your career break travel goals.

In my previous post, I′ve talked about how internal motivation is very important for you to stick to your career break travel goals.

Now, we′re going to use external motivation to make sure that you stick to your career break travel goals.

Let′s say you have a person in your life who′s super against your career break travel decision. They belittle your dreams, saying you should just give up.

We usually would have one or two of those people in our lives. Though they can be super annoying, we have to see from the angle that they have our best interest in mind.

Plus, we can actually use them as motivation for us to continue our career break travel planning and make sure that it happens.

Steps to use other people as motivation

What you′re going to do is announce your career break travel goals as early as possible.

As soon as you feel like you can do it, tell everyone about it. You can say, ″Hey I’m going to quit my job to travel for X months.″ Or ″I’m going to quit my job to travel to do this and this.″

Let them know too that you will be returning to another job (or your old one if you′re on a sabbatical.)

The reason you′re publicly announcing this is so you can use the other people as external motivation.

Their responses could be either be very supportive or unsupportive. Thank the supportive people and promise to send them postcards.

Why unsupportive people are still useful

But we can still use unsupportive people to our advantage.

After telling them about your career break travel plans, they will keep asking you many times when your trip will actually start.

And when they do, you will need to pretend that the planning is going well. It probably is but you′re too nervous to see it.

Yes, even if you′ve only started planning out the locations and don′t feel like you′re ready, you need to show them externally that everything is fine.

You′ve got to fake it ’till you make it on that plane ride.

That was what I did. During my two years of career break travel planning, where people who aren’t really supportive ask me about my career break travel, I would put on a face that is just 100% confidence.

Even when internally, I was screaming, ″Oh my gosh I don’t think this is possible. Help! Help!″

All that faking actually help boosted my confidence a lot. (Which helps build your internal motivation.)

So, even if you don′t feel like your career break is possible. I know you can do it. Take one step at a time and slowly move towards that goal.

And when you reach it, you’ll look back and think, ″Hey, that wasn′t as bad as I thought.″

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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