Why ditching these 21 things will boost your next career in 2021

First published on LinkedIn 1/26/21

"We’re our own best champions. If only we can get out of our own way.”

-- Monique, EvolveMe Reinvention Collective member


Happy 2021! Did you know on 9:21pm on January 21st, 2021, it was the 21st minute of the 21st hour of the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century! Of course, we realized this happened an hour later -- but still pretty cool, right?


If you’re into numbers at all you’ll appreciate this. And if not, well, just go with us on this one.

This is what we found when we looked up the significance of the number 21: it reminds us that we should take care of our own beliefs and thoughts because they create our reality.

From working with women this fall in EvolveMe's signature program, the Reinvention Collective, we know what holds you back is not unique to you.


The beliefs we carry around feel true to us -- but so many women like you feel trapped by thoughts that no longer serve them in their life and career.


You’re among friends. Let’s get real. Which of these 21 things are holding you back from making a career leap in 2021?

  1. The pandemic.

  2. It’s too late for me.

  3. I’ve been out of work too long.

  4. But seriously, the pandemic.

  5. My skills are outdated.

  6. I don’t know what I want to do.

  7. I’m overqualified.

  8. They don’t want someone my age.

  9. I can’t find time to focus on me.

  10. What if I fail?

  11. I should be able to do this by myself.

  12. I hate networking.

  13. I don’t like talking about myself.

  14. My son has a dentist appointment.

  15. I don’t have an “elevator pitch”.

  16. I don’t know what an “elevator pitch” is.

  17. My resume is out of date.

  18. My LinkedIn profile is non-existent.

  19. I’ve been volunteering. Does that count?

  20. I don’t know what my skills are anymore.

  21. It’s not worth trying until I fix/change _____.

Don’t spend any of your precious energy on these thoughts in 2021!


We’ll help you sift through what's really holding you back in midlife. And surprise surprise -- many of the things above never get to the shortlist!


When you spend time understanding YOU and owning what you do have -- all your talents, skills, and what lights you up, you’ll be ready to move forward. Don’t go at it alone! We’re better together.


And if you’re feeling like you’re not making progress fast enough, stop and think for a minute.


Where are you now? Are your thoughts sabotaging you from getting results as you think about your next career chapter whether you’re:

  • returning to the workforce after a break

  • pivoting careers

  • laid off or furloughed

  • job searching

  • emerging from a personal transition (divorce, health crisis, or other loss)

Then this resource is for you! Check out “6 MIndset Traps that Sabotage Career Transition in Midlife (and how to avoid them!)”. Download it as our gift to you: HERE.


Do you want to get out of your head and start making change happen for yourself and your career?


The thing is -- you can choose. What you think is what you believe, and what you believe becomes more true every. single. day.


Forget those limiting beliefs and learn to see midlife as an opportunity to shine. And we go farther, faster when we do it together! Here’s to our collective success!