What shift do you want to make in the next three months?
You have an idea in the back of your head that keeps coming up...
Develop a strategy, series of experiments, and communications plan for making a shift from your current career path. Maybe it's a General Life Reset, moving to a different role or industry, taking a sabbatical, striking out on your own, or even falling back in love with your current role.
Finish the book draft that's been on your mind. Start making art or music again after all those years. Get ready to perform at an open mic. Create a sustainable system to pursue your creative calling while working full-time.
Is it finally time to make a shift?
SHIFT is a three-month leadership program to empower professionals to bring their most meaningful ideas to life and to build a life more aligned with their interests and values–one shift at a time.
How it works
Scope out your 3-month milestone for this shift. Clarify how you are called to serve, how you want to feel, and how this shift fits in. Develop and test systems to batch self-care, the foundation for your shift.
Observe and reframe the specific ways of thinking that are holding you back. Connect with your inner wisdom to move forward with more confidence. Apply your insights from Month 1 and Month 2 to make progress on your milestone.
Why three months?
Three months is enough time to focus on a project and make meaningful progress, without being overwhelming. It's an effective and familiar way to break up time, whether it's at school (semesters), workplace (quarters) or even in nature (seasons). It's no surprise that YC and #the100DayProject are each about three months.
I've made several shifts over the past few years: I've shifted roles (from product marketing to product management), companies (from Google to a startup, later acquired by Twitter), and industries (from Wall Street to Silicon Valley). I started making art again while working full-time. I took a sabbatical from the tech world. I've written a book about my journey. With each shift, I felt more expansive, aligned, and alive. But making these shifts all at once would've been overwhelming for me. Instead, I approached them one three-month shift at a time, applying the tools and lessons I had learned to each subsequent shift.
12 weekly check-ins: Six 75-minute 1:1 sessions (in person, virtual, or mixed), 2x/month for three months. Six email check-ins in alternating weeks. Ongoing email support as needed in between sessions.
In their words...
I share my own series of shifts in my latest book, Something More: A Working Professional's Search for Creativity, Purpose, and Peace:
“I am in the process of creating my purpose, so I really connected with Bernadette's process and felt inspired. This book gave me permission to create my own “something more.” Seeing how Bernadette's unique path isn’t a straight line makes her approach more accessible to anyone. She makes it clear that taking a leap, doing the work, and following your “something more” works.” –Tommy Kuntze, Independent Designer
“This book has truly been a wake-up call and a call-to-action for me. This book came at a time when I was really feeling stuck. I saw how I wasn’t alone in feeling this way, and that it's ok to want "something more." I've applied some of the tips from the book, such as meditation, being organized with my free time, taking steps to truly understand and love myself and my body, and many others.” –Irina Stanescu, Senior Software Engineer
The story behind SHIFT
After reading Something More, readers reached out to me for resources to support their own search for creativity, purpose, and peace. From those conversations emerged SHIFT. What drives my work–whether it's through making art, writing, or building products in the tech world–is my belief in the fullest expression of human potential. And that happens one person at a time, one shift at a time.
Ready to make a shift?
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." —Thoreau