Get Your Career in Gear

29 01 2014

full-speed-ahead

FULL SPEED AHEAD!! 

That’s how a lot of us live our lives.  Don’t worry – it’s not a bad thing.  But as I continue to be challenged at work and in life, I’ve realized that it’s not all about what’s ahead.  The experiences of the past and the present do matter.  In order to get where you want to go, you must also consider where you’ve been and where you are today.  It’s time to get your career plan in gear!

Here’s what I’m talking about:

Where you’ve been.  “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  Sound familiar?  The past provides many lessons in leadership if you’re willing to open your eyes.  Learn to let go of the past.  Don’t let it hold you back!  There is nothing you can do to change the past, but if you learn from it, you’ll be better today, and in the future.

Where you are.  Often times, we get so hung up on the past or we look so much to the future that we forget about what is happening right now.  You have great things going for you.  Instead of going full speed ahead, stop and smell the roses.  Relish life’s moments, learn from your experiences and live life to the fullest.  I’m not going to say “YOLO” but you really do only get one chance to live your life.  Make it count.

Where you’re going.  Do you have a plan?  It’s really hard to achieve success if you don’t really know what success looks like.  Set goals that include a plan of action with various checkpoints along the way to measure your progress.  Strategic plans aren’t just reserved for business executives – everyone should have one.  Know what you want to achieve, set the plan and execute the plan.  Remember that your plan is adjustable!  Life happens and priorities change.  Keep your plan updated and don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way.

A wise person once said, “if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?”  I think they had an excellent point!  It’s all about the plan and execution of that plan.

What are your tips for achieving success in life and in your career?  Let’s hear them!  Please leave a comment below and as always, thanks for reading.

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