I have written previously about finding your why, and how it helps to gain a deeper understanding of the value fulfilment in your career path. What is crucial to this idea is understanding that HOW you achieve your goal is as flexible as you need it to be. Know that your path may change, and yet the goal stays the same - you are in control.
As we age, we have experiences and thoughts that will be challenged and developed by those around us. As the job market changes, roles disappear and new opportunities emerge. This means that new paths can and will be developed that will allow you to pursue those goals from different angles or perspectives.
In the days of navigation through maps and compasses, we used to plot our journey, and then optimistically set off, hoping for the best. Nowadays, with the aid of live, crowdsourced apps, we can plan ahead to avoid obstacles, as well as change direction and route on the go, depending on what comes up. Achieving our goals successfully works the same way. As long as we have the right tools to hand, we can keep changing path and still end up exactly where we want to be.
Read on for The Bedrock Program’s tool kit for successful career goals:
#1 Know Your Why
People who know their purpose in life are unstoppable
Your ‘Why’ are the true reasons that resonate with you as to why you’re doing something, that spark of passion, and it makes sure that you don’t lose sight of your goals.
With a good understanding of who you are and where you want to go, decisions about the future can be exciting. Discover what motivates you, and develop exciting, realistic career goals that reflect your interests and strengths. This will set you up with a clear plan for a successful future.
#2 Acknowledge (and Accept) That Plan Will Change
The dictionary definition of the word ‘plan’ is:
1. a detailed scheme, method, etc. for attaining an objective
2. a proposed, usually tentative idea for doing something
By its very nature, a plan is an intention, and not set in stone. It may only change slightly, it may change in its entirety, but one thing is certain; it will change.
#3 Understand How You React to Change
“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.”
- Charles Kettering
Change can be unsettling, it can be exciting, but it will always generate a reaction. According to JM Fisher’s Process of Personal Transition, there are 12 emotional stages during times of change, ranging from fear, frustration, and anxiety, to acceptance, happiness, and excitement.
We are all different and our level of tolerance and excitement for change will be reflected in our reaction. Understanding how we personally react to change is the first step in taking control.
# 4 Give Yourself Time
When things don’t go the way you expected, acknowledge the change, and accept your emotions. It’s important to remember that people adapt to change at their own pace. Be patient, as it takes time to sort through all your emotions and adjust to what’s new; be kind to yourself.
#5 Choose Your Approach to Change