This week, I’m giving you a homework assignment.
If you’re like most people, you’ve spent quite a bit of time over the last few months thinking about what you want to accomplish in 2010. And this week, before the madness of the holiday season starts, you’ll be putting the finishing touches on your career goals for next year. Think of it as putting the icing on that sweet holiday cake.
If you’ve been keeping up with my blog for a while, you’ve probably already done some work with identifying your values and defining your goals. Now, it’s time to plan, prepare, and make changes, so you can charge full steam ahead into the new year.
If you’re considering launching your own business, now is the time to “chunk it down,” to break down the big picture into smaller, detailed bites. In order to succeed, you want to be really clear about what you’re after, and research your target markets and demographics to ensure you’re taking the most strategic approach. Not too long ago, we talked about the “unwind” happening in society right now: does your business plan allow for this new type of consumer? The more quality and value you can offer, the better your products and services will be received in this new consumer economy. Good planning and a thorough understanding of who you are targeting will give you a solid platform from which to launch your marketing and product development ideas.
Wherever you are, you can begin your planning process by following the BRIDGE process I’ve developed to help my clients advance their careers and start new ones.
· B—Be clear about what you want
· R—Research to realize what paths can take you toward your
· I—Identify market criteria and other important information
· D—Develop your contacts, define (or redefine) your short- and
· G—Get a game plan
· E—Execute, then evaluate.
The more specific you are in your outlining, the easier your planning process will be.
So, your Action Step—your homework this week—is to list your goals, both big and small, for 2010. Be clear, not vague. Rather than saying, “I want a new job,” say “I want to land a new job in field X in city Y, for Z dollars per year.” Stay positive, and let the Law of Attraction and your new focus work for you!
Once you have your plan in place, the execution is simple. All it takes is one step at a time to cross the BRIDGE to your new career! Stay tuned, because I’m working on a brand new program for top level professionals who are ready to move up – whether that means setting your sites on the corner office, finally starting your own business or shifting gears and taking your career in an entirely new direction!