Look Ahead To Avoid Tripping

Published: May 6, 2015
By: Faye Hollands

If you want to build your business, get promoted or change career there’s one thing you must do that will make the process quicker, easier and more effective.  Unfortunately though it’s often over looked in favor of a knee jerk reaction to quickly do something, anything to get closer to those goals.  Cue: stress, overwhelm and long hours!

When you want to take your career up a notch, whether it’s as an employee or business owner, it’s important to think ahead so that you can buy yourself time to do the things required to achieve your goals.  Take getting promoted for example – it’s no good suddenly realising one day that you’re bored in your job and would love to take the next step up because things like promotions don’t happen just by clicking your fingers (we wish!).

The same goes for building a business.  You can’t wait until the day you have no clients to suddenly decide that marketing’s a good idea!

Most goals have a lag time, and by that I meant that it takes time to achieve them, so you have to think ahead and put concerted effort into forward planning.  I know it sounds obvious, but the reason I’m writing this is because – more often than not – planning is left off the agenda altogether.

I’ve worked with a lot of people over the years that want change now – not in a month or years time, but now.  When they come to me they might hate their career; feel fed up in their job; their business is flagging, or they’re dissatisfied with life.  The common theme being that they’re wanting to make significant shifts ASAP, which is great – it’s good to grab hold of motivation and run with it.  BUT a lot of the actions they want to take require time, and are not the sort of things you want to rush or scramble around trying to deal with in a frantic fashion.

With forward planning you can avoid a lot of the stress involved in making major changes.  So why don’t people do more of it?  The short answer is time.  Typically they don’t make the time to sit down and think ahead.  We live in a ‘busy’ world where we’re so caught up in running from one thing to another there seems very little extra time to actually plan and strategise, which is unfortunate as that’s the key to really getting ahead.

Don’t wait until things go wrong or until you’re bored to think ahead.  Make forward-planning an important part of your career and business development so that you keep on top of the way you want things to be and avoid feeling stuck in a rut or bored.

So how are you going to make time for forward-planning?  Block a meeting in your diary now and commit to giving this important career management tool at least an hour of your time this week ti explore where you want your career and business to head.  Just a little bit of time now can save you from some very costly falls later on down the track!

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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