Where Do You Want to Be in 5 Years?
By Sandy Schroeder
The daily work picture can be hard to read. If you are making great progress and your goals are coming together, you may have figured out what works. If you are still struggling to balance everything, here are some thoughts/suggestions to make life better.
Think immediate but be open to everything – When you live in the moment life just seems to have a lot more possibilities. Daily challenges are surmountable and sometimes trigger new solutions. Making it to Friday may no longer seem to be a tough task if you are getting the best out of each day.
Use all of your skills – Sometimes a job will play on one skill the most, but keeping all of your skills up to par makes you a stronger player in the job market.
Try to think ahead – Bosses have to project, but you may move forward faster if you do, too. Ask yourself what is happening in your company, and why. Then ask yourself how you fit into that equation.
Build some good bridges – Over the years I have had recommendations from a variety of people. As you work with people every day you have the opportunity to forge even more connections for the future.
Develop a Plan B – The smartest people that I have known throughout life always had a Plan B. They focused their energy and efforts on Plan A, but they always had a Plan B in their pockets if things threatened to go sideways. Most of us have vague ideas of what we could or would do in the future, but they really knew.
Look for the joy – If you get up in the morning ready to tackle the day’s projects, you may be in the right job. If you have to push yourself to move forward, the best job for you may still be out there.
Keep learning and researching – Make a little room each week to check out new developments in the market, technology, or other aspects of your job. Keep a running notebook with informative links and good contacts that may be helpful where you are or where you are headed.
Look for the unexpected – Wherever you are with contacts and co-workers, there may be some unexplored territory in your job. Keep the doors open and talk to everyone. Sometimes you stumble across unexpected information or really good ideas just waiting to be developed.
Wherever you want to be in five years, the most important steps start right now.
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