When you’re ready to move forward in your career and life, you need to formulate and execute a game plan. That might sound a little intimidating, but quite simply, it all starts with intention.
What many people think of as intent is really wishing. Intention isn’t about ‘I want’, but rather ‘I will’. When you make up your mind to accomplish something, you’re setting an intention. And when you plan out a way to get yourself from where you are to where you want to be, you’re formulating a game plan.
So how do you set an intention?

Start with a timeline.
Where do you want to be at the end of this quarter?
Perhaps it’s easier for you to chunk down a very short time? A year from now may feel a bit overwhelming, so pick a time line that feels realistic to you.
Next, put your ideas down on paper, this will make them feel more concrete. Give yourself permission to think big: after all, this is your future, and you have a choice to help direct it or not!
Once you have your intentions established, fill in some details. Visualize yourself in your new, improved career and life situation. What positive steps can you take to bring you closer to making your vision real? Think of your game plan as an anchor, a tree to tie your line around: if you wander a little off course, you can always find your way back to your starting point. Also, don’t worry if your initial progress seems small. Baby steps are still steps, and every forward movement lends momentum to your progress.
Another point to remember is that in order for new things to come into your life, you have to make room for them. Clutter, whether physical or mental, is a barrier to change – but remember that where there’s change, there’s opportunity. So if you’re feeling stuck, ask yourself this: “How can I make room in my life for positive change? What things in my life do I no longer need?” Sometime, just allowing yourself to stop fearing change is enough to send doors of opportunity flying open in front of you.
Finally, use your resources. You have a built-in support system in your friends, family members, and colleagues, and you never know when they’ll surprise you with a sage bit of advice. Also, a professionally trained and certified coach* like me who will work with you to set concrete goals and develop a way that best serves you with fulfilling your intentions.
Action Step: Pick one thing you can clear out or shift in your life to make room for your new, improved career. Then, pick one item from your game plan to tackle this week.
I know that you can reach every one of your goals this year. All you need are good intentions and the will to make it happen!



* As a professionally trained and certified coach I abide by the ICF Coaching Code of Ethics. For more information see the ICF Code of Ethics

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!


  1. Catherine E. White says:

    Dawn, wonderful post. I agree with you that the idea of letting go and making room for a positive change is essential. But that part can seem totally scary!

    I just finished up clearing out and selling two houses, moving three species and a business, after my mom died. The temptation for me, was to hold on to what we’ve got, and to try to layer in the next thing on top of the existing structure. Thinking that way leads to big messes and confusion. And the new “normal” was clearly never going to be able to work in the same way, and I was determined to make something good come out of a sad situation.

    For me the key to letting go of material objects, was to make the letting go, itself, a really positive experience, rather than a painful “loss” that had to be suffered before I could move forward.

    The giving and donating of the material things that we could not use became a way to move forward into the next thing. Part of the momentum! The key for me, was trying to make sure that the objects went where they would really do some good, and to people who were delighted to have the things.

    And it was fun to see so many smiles. I felt like one of Santa’s elves!

    It was a lot of work, and it took a long time, but it felt really good to do it, and it paved the way for the bigger changes because we felt connected to so many people around us rather than isolated.

    Anyway, just having been through it myself, I can say that letting go to make room is not necessarily a sad thing. It can be a really joyful part of your intention and plan!

    Hope that helps someone else who is working with you to go for it!

    Kind regards!

    • admin says:

      Thank you Catherine. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. My condolences to you and your family. Yes, I agree the thought of letting go can be scary sometimes. Good for you for taking the perspective of “Santa’s elves” I love it. I think of you every time I drive by your house. I know it was up for sale for a while and was happy and sad to drive by and see the sign “For Sale” was gone and your car was not there. I can’t wait to hear what bigger changes are heading your way. I appreciate you taking the time to share and write. I know this will be helpful to others. Big hugs to you! DQ

  2. Looking more closely, I need to congratulate Shakti Gawain for this excellent post, as hosted by Coach Dawn Q. Sorry for the oversight!

    Best wishes to all!

  3. Catherine E. White says:

    Hi DQ, Thanks for all kind thoughts! We are still nearby enough that you might like to visit someday! Contact me, and I will fill you in on where precisely, we landed! Anyway, take courage folks, in tackling your “stuff”, it is definitely worth the effort! (Hint-> I am writing this note from the cabin of a sailboat!) Be well, hugs back! C

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