How to Advance Your Career 50% Faster

Week 2: Past Present and Future

Last week we did an exercise called Positive Assessment in preparation for your performance review.

This is also a great exercise to help you manage your career and stay committed to your goals.

I recommend keeping all the exercises we’re going to cover in a folder or journal so you have your progress documented. Then you can use it as a motivational guide as you advance in your career.

As you may remember from last week, using positive reflection forces you to self acknowledge your accomplishments.

You did do last week’s exercise, didn’t you?

If it’s not in your folder or journal, please go back and do it now. You can download the worksheet here.

You do want to get paid like a Top Performer don’t you?

This won’t work if you’re not doing the exercises.

Ready for the next step?

Go get your journal or notebook. It’s time to get personal.

What do your personal goals have to do with getting paid like a Top Performer?

Everything.

Your life affects your career, and your career affects your life.

Three years ago I was going through a challenging time and ranked my emotional category as an 8. It also affected me physically, so I ranked that as a 6. Here’s my chart from that time.

3 Years Ago Rank 1-10
(1 being low 10 being high)
Sentence or reminder
of that time
 Physical 6 Lack of sleep caring for a 5-month-old foster baby with a broken bone
 Mindset 7  Hired a coach
 Emotional Energy 8  Happy to have a baby in the house

Today those numbers have gone up dramatically, so you see that life can affect your career and vice versa.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about you.

Let’s chunk it down.

Think back to where you were three years ago.

On a scale of 1 to 10 – 10 being high one being low. Rate yourself in the following areas.

 3 Years Ago Rank 1-10
(1 being low 10 being high)
 Sentence or reminder
of that time
Physical
Mindset 
Emotional Energy 
Self Concept 
Relationships 
Home Space 
Career 
Social 
Spiritual 
Financial 

Great.

Pencils down.

Shake out your hand.

Now think about where you are today.

Again, on a scale of 1 to 10 – 10 being high one being low. Rate yourself in the following areas.

 Today Rank 1-10
(1 being low 10 being high)
 Sentence or reminder
of that time
Physical
Mindset 
Emotional Energy 
Self Concept 
Relationships 
Home Space 
Career 
Social 
Spiritual 
Financial 

You’ve got it!

Now the best part.

Let’s think about where you want to be 3 years from now.

And once again, on a scale of 1 to 10 – 10 being high one being low. Rate where you’d like to be in the following areas. Most importantly, put in a sentence that describes your ideal in that area.

 Today Rank 1-10
(1 being low 10 being high)
 Sentence or reminder
of that time
Physical
Mindset 
Emotional Energy 
Self Concept 
Relationships 
Home Space 
Career 
Social 
Spiritual 
Financial 

Great.

Pencils down.

Shake out your hand.

Now think about where you are today.

Again, on a scale of 1 to 10 – 10 being high one being low. Rate yourself in the following areas.

 1 Year from Now Rank 1-10
(1 being low 10 being high)
 Sentence or reminder
of that time
Physical
Mindset 
Emotional Energy 
Self Concept 
Relationships 
Home Space 
Career 
Social 
Spiritual 
Financial 

Congratulations!

Next week we’ll talk about the next step – SMARTY goals.

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As a certified professional coach, radio show host and workshop leader, Dawn helps sales, marketing, advertising and creative entrepreneurs to accelerate their career so they’ll love their life!

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