Are you going through your career with blinders on?
Change in your career (and your circumstances) can not
take place unless you are aware of what needs to be
changed. If you want a new job, you cannot get one
unless you understand why you are staying in a job
that no longer serves you. If you know that it's time
to change careers, you cannot do so unless you tap
into your inner voice that wants to show you the way.
If you have wanted to make a shift within your company
for a while, you cannot do so unless you understand
what is preventing you from moving forward.
It's not easy to look inward, but without doing so,
you cannot make outward changes. In other words, you
can't excel in your career until you can see what
needs to be moved out of the way.
So How Can You See What's In Your Way? Put Your
Glasses On By Following These Steps Below.
1. Stop Going Through The Motions
It's easy to get caught up in the day to day of your
routine if you are not careful. Do you eat the same
thing for breakfast everyday? Work on the same tasks?
Take the same route to and from work? How can change
take place when what you do everyday is mostly the
same? If you want something different, you have to
start doing things differently. This means being
present to your day, your actions, and yourself.
2. Decide To See
Sometimes we don't want to know what's really going on
because it's too painful. No matter what mistakes you
have made in your career or upsets that are left over
from wrong doings that were done to you, it's time to
face them so you can put whatever happened behind you.
Face your past and face yourself. The result is a
stronger you and a better future.
3. Make Time For You
When was the last time your thought about what you
wanted in your career? Who you are and where you are
going in your career requires thought. Without time to
think, you will not be able to find out what you are
supposed to do with your career and life. Is time hard
to come by? At times, it is. But what's more
difficult, working hard everyday without a plan, or
setting aside time to create a plan? Trust me when I
tell you that it's harder to stay where you are.
4. Move Forward
Although we want understanding of ourselves to be
immediate, unfortunately, the process of inner
discovery does not work that way. But, you have to
start somewhere. The place to begin is today. Take one
action to discover yourself again. For example, speak
to one person who is in a job or career you think
you'd like to get information and motivation. Go
through a report written by a department you don't
work in now to get immersed in what else your company
does. Your goal is knowledge. In addition, one action
taken today leads to many actions taken tomorrow.
That's when true inner understanding and change in
your career takes place, when you work on being the
best you can be, a little bit at a time.
So, what do you say? You only have one life to live, so
it might as well be a life you love!
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