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Your Career Change Goals. The 5 Minute Career Coach December 2009
December 01, 2009
Helping Career Changers Around The World
Welcome to the December edition of The 5 Minute Career Coach!
I know you probably don’t want to hear this, but do you realise that it is only just over 3 weeks to Christmas. Are you ready for it? Have you even started your preparations?
No I am not trying to make you feel guilty here, honestly!
There are times in life when other things just take over for a while and it makes more sense to go with the flow rather than struggle against it.
You may be really committed to making a career change, you are trying to push yourself to make progress with it, to keep the momentum going, but now with the festive season coming up, you are feeling the pressure of many different demands on your time.
OK, so how about you take time out from your career change, just give yourself permission to put it to one side for a while. This is not a question of giving up
or abandoning your plans, rather it is a simple case of acknowledging that you can only
divide your energy and attention up so much. If you try to keep too many balls in the air, something is going to slip.
So if need be, just pop your career change plans up on the shelf for a few weeks. Imagine you are putting them in a pretty box, nicely gift wrapped to yourself, in keeping with the season. They’ll be safe up there for now and you can open up the box again in the New Year.
In the meantime, take some time to enjoy the celebrations with friends and family. Relax, unwind and recharge your batteries.
If you want to keep things just gently ticking over in your mind, then take a look at my article on setting goals. Then when the New Year arrives, you will be ready to return to your career change goal with renewed energy and commitment.
With very best wishes
What's in this Issue
Quote of the Day
‘Woohoo...what a ride!’
This seemed to me to be rather a suitable quote for the Christmas season! Go on, enjoy the festivities, and then when the New Year arrives, promise yourself that you will continue to take every opportunity to live to the full. Does staying in your current career allow you to do that?
Your Career Change Goal
OK, so you are allowing yourself a little time off from your career change over Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a few ideas bubbling away in the back of your mind in the meantime.
Changing career is a goal you have set yourself and you may well on the way already. But while you are allowing yourself a bit of ‘time out’ it is worth revisiting what makes some goals more likely to succeed than others.
I am sure many of you will know the saying ‘if you don’t know where you are going you will probably end up somewhere else’. It may be stating the obvious, but it makes sense that if you only have a vague idea that you’d like to be doing something else but you don’t know what is, that is not going to give you enough of a push to make that change happen.
When you are setting goals in your life, you need to add much more detail
to them so that they have a good chance of succeeding.
So what are the factors that will help to ensure that your career change goal becomes a reality? Here are my top tips.
Make it a big goal
Be clear about why
Be honest about possible obstacles
Have a clear timeframe
Get a support team
Understand your motivation
Just let these tips on goal setting filter down into your subconscious mind for now while you take a break. Then when you pick up on your carer change plans again, you will be able to review your goals and check that you have got everything in place to make a successful outcome as likely as possible.
The Career Change Question
Challenging questions are a key tool in helping to create change.
Each month I offer you a question to think about. Just let the question wander round your mind for a few days, or even weeks and see what answers unfold for you. The questions are designed to get you thinking in new ways and hopefully gain insights that may open your mind to new possibilities for you career and for your life.
what would the title be?
And what would you like it to be?
You are the author of your life. What steps will you take to make sure you are writing the book with the right title?
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