We made a family decision to downsize our home a couple of years ago.  But I was building an executive coaching business, my husband was working long hours and traveling internationally, and well – life happened.

Over time, as the months passed and we did nothing to prepare for a major life change, our extended family and friends stopped asking about our plans to move.

This year, we stopped talking about making a lifestyle change and decreasing our household footprint.  Instead, we put a plan in place and – voilà – we did it! We de-cluttered (this took six weeks), updated and remodeled (this took two weeks) and put the house on the market.  Three days later, we had a contract.

Of course, selling the house so fast meant we had no place to live.  So, the next hurdle was securing temporary housing and looking for a house to better fit the lifestyle we want for the future.

Because of all of the planning and downsizing activity, my last post was May 9, 2013.  Since then, I have received a variety of calls and emails – all with the same theme:


Well, let me tell you – downsizing my home has become one of my life’s defining moments.

As I was going through the various stages of preparing for a major lifestyle change, if you know me, you know I was also drawing parallels to what happens when you decide to make a major career transformation or move.

Are_You_Trying_to_Transform_Your_Career_Without_Having_All_the_Pieces_of_the_Puzzle2Then it came to me – making any major change (lifestyle, relocation, career transformation or career change, etc.) requires the same skills needed to complete a complex jigsaw puzzle.  You know what I mean, one of those  puzzles with a gazillion pieces that you have to clear your dining room table (and put in the extra leaf) to complete.

Here are the thoughts, tips and admonitions that surfaced during our household move on how to best solve a complex jigsaw puzzle that parallels the stages and issues for successfully achieving a major career move or executing a lifestyle change.


I hope you find these tips of value whether you are trying tocomplete a complex jigsaw puzzle or thinking about making a major career move.  Next week, in Are You Trying to Transform Your Career Without Having All the Pieces of the Puzzle?  Part 2, I will outline the success steps to flawlessly executing a major career move.


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Christine M. Glasco, Career Coach – consults to company executives, business owners and non-profit leaders on career management, career transition and strategic leadership development solutions.  To request a complimentary copy of Five Tips to Transform Your Executive Career  and to receive Who Needs a One Page Career Plan? You Do!   Website: www.christineglasco.com   Email:  info@christineglasco.com  Phone:  1.940.367.0837

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5 Responses to Are You Trying to Transform Your Career Without Having All the Pieces of the Puzzle? Part 1

  1. Scot Harris says:

    Welcome back Christine! Great post, as always. I really like the jigsaw puzzle analogy. I’m looking forward to Part 2!

  2. Tom Samson says:

    Great analogy. Brought back great memories of when the family sat around a table putting the pieces together. Sage advice for anyone seeking to make major life changes.

    Tom Samson

  3. Phyllis Rogers says:

    Really enjoyed reading this post, Christine. Great work, simple analogy; one will remember.

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