Fast Track Your Career part 2:
Do you live what you do?
What are you like when the alarm goes off in the morning?? Are you hating life!! Do you grumble and mumble and don't want to get up? Do you turn the alarm off, pull the dooner back over your head and go straight back to sleep, just to get that extra 10 minutes before that alarm rings again. If this sounds like you, read on......
Would you like to bounce out of bed in the morning feeling excited and looking forward to the day ahead? Amy (not her real name) hated getting up in the morning. It was understandable really. She hated her job. Well, perhaps she didn't hate all of it. The people were okay, but there wasn't anything exciting in her day to day activities. She'd been at that job for a couple of years and knew everything she had to do. She was ready for a new challenge, but was she ready to do anything about it? Fortunately for Amy the answer was Yes. Amy decided she needed to take action, and she now has a fabulous new business and loves life and work. She sings in the shower every morning in enthusiasm about the day ahead. If you can relate to how Amy was, and want to change, read on to learn what actions can be taken.
The first thing Amy did was recognising her current situation and consciously decided to do something about it. This takes commitment and time. She asked herself lots of questions to clarify her thoughts. She allocated time into each week to do some proactive actions that would make a long term difference in her life. Amy also took on a Life Coach to work with her to achieve her goals. Amy has gone from a job as a bookkeeper in a city firm, to now owning her own local business and employing 2 staff. This offcourse doesn't happen overnight. Whether you are interested in changing jobs, changing careers, or looking into going into your own business in the future, the following ideas will help you get started.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- What don't I like about my current job/career?
- What will my life be like in 5 years if I stick with this job?
- What do I want in my job / career? … What are my needs in a job?
- What could my life be like in 5 years if I'm doing something different?
- What are my strengths? … What skills and knowledge do I have?
- What are the possible things I'd like to do?
- What do other people do that I think I might like?
- How can I fill the gaps between the skills, knowledge, and attitudes I
- have now and the skills, knowledge, attitudes I need? ie. do I need training?
- What is stopping me from changing jobs / careers? What can I do about these?
Rather than just asking yourself these questions and answering them in your head, write the answers down on some paper. Make it fun. Use coloured pencils. Draw pictures. You could make a poster and then stick in up somewhere in your home!
Just as this worked for Amy, the above questions will get you thinking about why you're not satisfied in your current job and what you could do about it. It will be a start toward a life you love more than the one you have now.
AND, what about bouncing out of bed in the morning anyway!!! Like tomorrow!! How could you do this?? Here's some ideas...
How about choosing you favourite bit of "UP" music and setting it to wake you up. Something that really gets you up and dancing if you hear it at a party. Well why not start a party in your life every morning? Great music helps. Go on; try it!
What else could you do to trigger a positive attitude into yourself every morning? I suggest, when that alarm goes off, notice the things you say to yourself. Notice the questions you ask yourself. Write them down for a few days. Are they primarily negative? If so, then work on changing these conversations in your head from a negative one to a positive one. For example, Amy used to say to herself "why do I have to get up, and catch the train with all the crowds, and work for that boss that I don't even like, and do all those boring tasks that they make me do?" How negative is this? No wonder she switched the alarm off and turned over in bed one more time. There is no way Amy could feel good about her self or her day when asking such negative questions, that can only bring negative answers. So Amy practiced and changed the questions she asked herself in the morning. For example, she asked herself " how can I have fun and enjoy every moment in this day?" How can I contribute to others today?" What can I get excited about today?" What actions will I take today towards my new job or my goals in general?" Do you get the idea? Our state of mind can be altered by the questions we ask ourselves when we are busy talking to ourselves. So I encourage you to try it.
Amy loves her new career and business. She recently moved into her new office. She still does bookkeeping for her clients, but she also has a variety of other aspects to her role. She runs group training courses as well as one-on-one training. Sometimes she works in the office and sometimes at client sites. As a manager she manages and trains her staff in the different aspects of the business. Just like Amy, you too can love getting up in the morning to go to a job you love, if you are willing to take action. Why not start today?
Written by Barbara Anderson.
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