Most of us spend over 2000 hours a year at work.
Are you doing what you love?
Whether we like it or not, We spend most of our time working. And when your spending most of your lifetime working why not do it with something you love. So here are 8 essential ways to get to where your trying to go in life......
1. Have a career mission statement
Make sure you are clear about what you want to accomplish with your career. Say it out loud and claim it. Write down exactly what your mission statement is and post it where you can see it every day.
2. Audit your time
If you go to work every day, write down how you spend your time. Look for things that distract you or keep you from meeting your goals. Take out things that aren't productive. If you are looking for employment, take a serious look at how you spend your time. How much time do you want to spend each day, going to appointments or on the phone? How much do you need to devote to research for job interviews? Being accountable for your time, helps you get the most from each minute.
3. Make sure your online brand is accurate
In today's world, prospective employers, as well as current management, use the internet and social media to track you. So, you do the work first. Google your name, make sure your profile and your brand are on point. Delete anything that doesn't represent who you are, in the best possible light.
4. Daily gratitude
Whether you are struggling with a "not so great" job or you are looking for that career break, take time for daily gratitude. You can find things which you are thankful for, no matter what the circumstances. This habit will change your attitude about yourself and your career. It is humbling to acknowledge all that you do have.
5. Do not just seek approval
It is easy to adjust our actions or beliefs as employees if we are looking for the support of management. You may find yourself tempted to give in to particular demands of a prospective employer, just to get the job. However, instead of seeking approval, you should focus on the impact your actions make. Will it enhance service for the customer? Do you go the extra mile to meet requirements? Approval is fleeting, but impact shapes policy. So, instead of asking yourself if the boss liked your performance, ask yourself if you did your best. Did you make a lasting impact on some part of the job? If you can say that, you are successful.
6. Reach out and often
Even if you already have a job, never stop networking with business friends and contacts. New opportunities are found quicker through word of mouth, than any search engine. Keep an accurate, current list of contacts and use all of the social media to reach out and network.
7. Don't underestimate the benefits of a mentor
You can never go wrong by seeking guidance from someone who has been working in the field, longer than you. Finding someone who can counsel you through challenging aspects of your career are invaluable. Don't reinvent the wheel, just find out how others in your position have handled situations.
8. You will never finish
There is no perfect pinnacle to any career. There is always room to grow and expand. A career is about a journey, not reaching a certain destination. There will be another opportunity on the horizon. Always remain a student of your chosen field and be ready to grow.
What are you doing to help your career? Are you doing what you love?