Unlocking your career potential
Written on the 8 September 2018 by Janet Culpitt
Knowing what you want to do in life isn't always simple. It's not uncommon to hear people well into their 40s or 50s saying that they never discovered what they wanted to be "when they grew up". This isn't that surprising. Pursuing a career in what you love, first begs the question: what do you love? But how do you harness those values and build a career based on them?
The first step is to take some time for self reflection; think about what you're good at and what makes you happy. Once you've settled on a path, you could begin building the career you want by setting well-developed goals that will support you on your journey. One of the ways to create those goals is by delving into the personal and professional reasons behind your targets, and the strategies you need to achieve them.
Make it personal
Many people don't achieve their professional development aspirations because they take on goals that they feel they "should" do but ultimately they don't feel a personal connection to them. So tune out the expectations of others and decide what you want in the long-and short-term, and then ask yourself why you want to achieve these things.
Write them down
Make yourself accountable
H is for Heartfelt
A is for Animated
R is for Required
D is for Difficult
i 'Research Summary' by Dr. Gail Matthews, presented in May 2015 at t the Ninth Annual International Conference of the Psychology Research Unit of Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER).
ii 'Hard Goals: The Secret to Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want To Be' by Mark Murphy, 2010.
First published: 1 September 2018
Author: Janet Culpitt
About: Janet Culpitt is a mentor for passionate SME business owners, looking to expand their business and create a successful plan for growth and sustainability. Her life long experience in the business industry and entrepreneurship, allows her to educate and lead her clients to developing impeccable skills in networking, forming long lasting connections.Connect via: Twitter LinkedIn