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Your Career Change Goals. The 5 Minute Career Coach December 2009
December 01, 2009

Helping Career Changers Around The World

December 2009


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

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, favourite beverage in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming
‘Woohoo...what a ride!’

Author Unknown

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
It is the bold steps in life that really enthuse and motivate you over time. You might feel tempted to go for something relatively easy to achieve, but in the longer term, check whether the quick fix will really be the answer to your current frustrations at work.

Be clear about why
Have you thought through what you will gain from achieving your goal? Have you got a clear and detailed picture of how things will be for you once you are in your new career? And have you also considered the reverse – how you will be feeling if, in a year or two’s time you have not changed and are still stuck in the same boring job? Creating a detailed picture helps draw you towards what you want.

Be honest about possible obstacles
Nothing really big in life comes easy. You can be sure that there will be difficulties and challenges as you move towards your goal. Prepare your mindset so that you are not surprised and deterred when you encounter an obstacle, but are able to stay positive, creative and solution focused.

Have a clear timeframe
Career change does not happen overnight, so give yourself permission to take time over making the right choices. But at the same time, if you have no deadline at all in mind, your goal can easily become one of those things that you are always going to get on with tomorrow – and then it just never happens. So give yourself a deadline.

Set milestones
A big goal and a clear timeframe will take you a long way, but do set smaller milestones or journey goals along your path. Big goals are exciting and can act as great magnets, but if you can celebrate smaller steps as you go along it will help to keep you moving.

Get a support team
Don’t try and go it alone. Gather a support team of friends and family who you know will be encouraging and supportive and who will celebrate with you as you progress. You can also get them to hold you gently to account and help keep you on target when your motivation is slipping.

Understand your motivation
Motivation is not something that you have or have not got. Your energy levels for change will vary from week to week, so don’t beat yourself up if you are struggling to keep up the momentum some days. Allow yourself a breathing space if you need it, but then remind yourself of that big goal and of your vision of how life will be when you have made the change so that you are inspired into action again.

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.

If you were to write the story of your life up to now as a book,
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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