CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JUN. 16, 2014
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The Next Step? - An Answer To Your Career's Pivotal Question

I have a very noisy nephew. Having him around means a lot of distraction. I am trying to pen an article and he isn’t going to let me, so I promised to give him two dollars if he would stay quiet for two hours. Unbelievably he did. And he carts away my two dollars. What lesson did I learn from him on staying the course? That if you know where you are going it is a lot easier putting your acts together and getting there. In your career and business you may get stuck sometimes. The big question is what happens next?

Wherever you are now, you need to plan, project and execute. These three tips will help you in making the next big decision in your career.

Goals

Setting goals are vital in making your next big decision. With goals, progress is made. Jim Cathcart, a professional speaker and founder of the Cathcart Institute Inc says, “Why set goals??? Because that's the only way to get what you want! Seriously, the world works in predictable
ways and one of the most powerful of those is known as the "law of attraction." The premise is that a desire, fervently expressed, will draw energy to it that will bring it into reality. I know this to be true, both from my personal experience and from the experiences of hundreds of others I've known and worked with over the past 32 years. You must tell the world what you want. Once you do, others will bring you opportunities and assistance you could never have dreamed of on your own. Set your goals before you know the path and the paths will appear!”

Reposition

Doing the same thing over and over again can make you dull and a servant to monotony. It is not progress but stagnating. Repositioning yourself means redefining yourself and redirecting your career course. Although a risky venture, many have taken this course to making progress in their careers. Someone who has just taken such an action is Anne Sweeney, President of Disney/ABC who recently announced she would be leaving her management position to pursue a career in directing. According to TD Jakes in his book, Reposition Yourself: Reflections Living a Life Without Limits, "If you refuse to be handcuffed by the limitations that your environment, upbringing or peers set for you, then you will discover a limitless source of self-confidence and resilience."

Personal Development

To make progress in your career you have to continue developing yourself. A lesson from author Jim Rohn, on the subject: ‘One day Mr. Shoaff said, "Jim, if you want to be wealthy and happy, learn this lesson well: Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job." Since that time I've been working on my own personal development. And I must admit that this has been the most challenging assignment of all. This business of personal development lasts a lifetime. I've found that income rarely exceeds personal development. Sometimes income takes a lucky jump, but unless you learn to handle the responsibilities that come with it, it will usually shrink back to the amount you can handle. It is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development. So here's the great axiom of life: TO HAVE MORE THAN YOU'VE GOT, BECOME MORE THAN YOU ARE.’

This is not the time to leave anything to chance. To take your career to the next step you have to be responsible for it and do something now. Hopefully these tips would have proved helpful. Your comments?

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