Take Time to Follow Through with Strategy
for Career Success.
Managing a career in our modern, complex world is no simple feat. Using the Internet to
market ourselves, writing copy that is good enough to convincingly 'brand' ourselves via resumes,
tweets, and profiles...it’s not so simple is it? For most people, it's downright overwhelming and
anxiety-provoking. I suggest a particular big picture strategy to simplify all of this. BY DAISY SWAN.
Simple action steps lessen fear and
anxiety. To put this into action –
start with the most important piece:
we need to know what we want in
Beginning with this recognition, a
number of small steps will pave the
way to reach our goal.
For example, a client declares that
he wants to make more money, he
wants to know and work with people
who share his values and interests, he
wants to start his own business selling
a product he knows will be viable. Is
this new work going to come together
within a year? Uh, no. As strongly
as he feels about moving on from
where he works, as frustrated as he
has become by the work he’s doing,
he sees that staying at his current job
or maintaining a position somewhere
within his current company will serve
him for now.
For many people, the initial realiza-
tion that change - real change - takes
time and the thought of developing
a strategy for career management is
overwhelming. They want a quick fix,
a solution to the panic they may feel
related to where they are right now.
This is where I'd say “calm down”
and let's look again. While we can
reach our destination quickly, it’s
important to consider this: will we
really be ready when we get there if
we’ve leapt over certain steps? The
building of knowledge and essential
relationships takes time. These steps
season us so we can be more effective
when our timing is right, as we reach
Three Key Questions to Answer
> What’s really motivating you?
Is it money, ownership, autonomy,
helping others, working alongside
people who inspire you?
> What do you need to know to do
what you want to do? This may
be a deceptively simple question.
Research to know the answer
> Who does what you want to do?
If you don’t already know these
people, research them and learn
what it will take to become a
Daisy Swan, founder of Daisy Swan & Associates and
author of Making Work Work: Secrets from a Career
Coach’s Office works with clients of all ages who are
motivated to find the lifestyle that authentically works
for them. Daisyswan.com