How Far Ahead Do You Plan?

An article, Have You Ever Felt That You’re in the Wrong Place in Your Career, in Your Life?  offers stories of people who reach fulfillment and success by a circuitous path, often planning in the short-term and rejecting linear, long-term planning. Their paths have involved surprises and unknowns, risks, following their interests and non-traditional choices.

What kind of career path are you on? Is it working for you? Whatever type of path you are on, periodic re-evaluation and awareness of non-traditional options can lead you to the success and fulfillment you are looking for.

 

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Your Future

How is your future looking? Your future needs your focus, if it is to be fulfilling and successful. Take a look at your future from these perspectives: physical, mental, emotional and inspirational. Envision them as the best they can be. Write your visions down – from a physical perspective I want my future to be….. This is a powerful starting point for creating a future worth living!

 

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Creating A New Chapter

Sometimes, you hit a plateau, where things are okay but you yearn for more. When this occurs, you can turn your focus to creating a new chapter. Are you ready? What would you like to create? You can start with a picture of what you would like to bring into your life and work – new experiences, growth, learning, advancement, abundance, a new environment, or the like.

A new chapter keeps things moving in your life and work. You can’t lose by creating one.

 

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What’s The Point?

Every once in a while it is good to ask, “What’s The Point?” You can ask this question about a number of things – your career, the amount of time you put into your work, your goals or the way you are living your life. In doing so, you re-center and check up on the alignment of your life with what you want to accomplish and be.

How does your answer to this question measure up? Are you where you want to be? Are you moving forward? Hopefully you are. If not, you now have what you need to change direction.

 

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Stability

Although stability can be fleeting, it is still worthwhile to focus on creating it. Stability is a foundation – you know your values, you know the elements of your life, you know your strengths and weaknesses and you have goals and a sense of the direction you want to go in. True, all kinds of things can upset your stability. It is easier, however, to regain stability after an upset if you had it before the upset occurred.

Adding change or upset to chaos and lack of direction creates instability and can wreak havoc in your life and career.

Looking to assess your level of stability? Here are some questions to get you started:

• What are the elements of your life that you can count on?

• How secure do you feel in your current work/career?

• Do you trust your instincts?

• Have you any true assurances that what you have now will stay around for a while?

• How well have you prepared for recovering from a crisis (e.g. loss of a job)?

• Have you identified your key life values? Do you honor them daily?

• How comfortable are you in dealing with change?

“True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed.” – Tom Robbins

 

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The Power Of A Plan

You may hear a lot about planning for your life and career. Yes, there are a lot of generalities, advice and platitudes out there. If you have let them slip by, take another look. Planning is well worth your effort and time. What does a plan do for you? It focuses your attention, sets your priorities and requires that you think about what you want your career and life to be.

Compare the differences between having a plan and not having one. Which looks better to you? Granted, without a plan you may feel you have more freedom, but planning is about creating freedom by defining the life you want to live and how you can get there.

Do you have a plan for your life and career? If not, try creating one. It can be short or long-term. Tie it to your dreams and aspirations and you’ll be on your way!

 

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Is Anything Closing In On You?

When there is a lot for you to keep moving in work and life, things can lose your attention and fall by the wayside. That’s okay for a while, but soon they may come back at you bigger than before. It is important to stay alert to anything that has the potential to or may already be closing in on you.

Early attention to matters lets you handle them calmly and in a manner that suits you. If you let things go too long before addressing them, your choices narrow and difficulty rises.

Take a moment today to put your attention on any situation or task that may be closing in on you. Determine if it is serious and what you can do about it now. Keeping the energy flowing as you juggle life and work prevents things from getting worse and closing in on you.

 

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Need Some Space?

We’re at the edge of a transition of seasons and change is in the air. Do you need some space to make the best of this time? Open space gives you room to breathe. You can think, reassess, plan and commit to what you want to achieve on the other side of this transition.

If you need some open space for yourself, go ahead and create it. You can find the time and it will be well worth your while.

 

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What’s Your Next Chapter?

chapterpezibearpixabayIt helps to have a sense of where you are heading. What do you want to come next? If you set your aim, you can influence what your next chapter will be. Take a moment now to envision your next chapter. It can be grand or ordinary, long or short term, one step on a ladder or a great leap forward. Find some time to think about what you will do to prepare for and open your next chapter.

Planning works. It creates focus, allows you to dream, requires practicality and gets you moving. You can write your next chapter. Make it a best-seller. ☺

 

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