Look Ahead To Get Ahead

Published: February 15, 2017
By: Faye Hollands

If you want to 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 something that’s often over looked, which can cause a costly knee jerk reaction later on down the track resulting in stress, overwhelm and frustration…

When you want to change career or take your job up a notch it’s important to think ahead.  This allows you to buy yourself time to take all the right steps that are required to achieve your goals, in the most effective way possible, instead of finding yourself in a situation where you’re backed into a corner and have to make a choice that might be less than ideal.

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!).

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, after 10 years of being a career coach, what I’ve found is that 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 a years time, but now.

When they come to me they already hate their career; feel fed up in their job; or are feeling generally dissatisfied with life, and they want help to get out of the rut they’re stuck in ASAP.

And it’s great that they want to make significant shifts in their career and life – after all, it’s good to grab hold of motivation and run with it – but a lot of the changes they want require time to action, 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 in your career.

Don’t wait until things go wrong or until you’re bored to think ahead.  Make forward-planning an important part of your career development so that you’re able to 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 to explore where you want your career to head.  Just a little bit of time now can save you from some very costly falls later on down the track!

And if you want to fast-track your career planning, book a free Career Clarity Call™ with me today and walk away with a 3-step action plan to help you create a career you love, fast.  Click here for more info and to book your session now.

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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