Before you even start setting goals it’s a good idea to do some preparation by looking back over your last year as you’ll get vital insights to help you create really powerful goals for the next year.
Firstly, make a list of all the things you did last year that made you proud and happy. Look at all the different areas of your life and think about the little things that made someone smile as well as the big achievements.
Here are the four main reasons this is important:
It’s a big question that we don’t often take time to think about.
After all, 10 years ago is almost ancient history with the speed that things change these days.
But what about the journey you’ve come on over those 10 years. Way back then, could you have imagined where you are today? All the things you learned? All the things you've done?
This is my story (briefly). What is yours?
10 years ago today I was a career coach with a young family, a small number of private clients and a heavy reliance on a couple of associate relationships. I was, perhaps, a bit unsure of where I was going, even though I loved my work. I was just becoming aware that most people, young and old didn’t know the stuff I knew about careers. I was just starting to talk about the difference it would make to them if they did.
What a blast the last 10 years have been!
I’ll keep this brief, but when you explore your last 10 years, make sure you take the time to really...
We almost always think of CVs as being individual, but earlier this year I explored the concept of a team or business CV in a masterclass I ran for my Surrey BeCollaboration group. I was surprised at how well received it was and how valuable people found it.
A mission statement / profile: what is the purpose of your team? Who do you help and what do they get from working with you? This relates to the profile on your CV. It needs to be punchy and highlight not just the key things you do and...
I often use my expedition experiences as a metaphor for managing your career effectively.
Gain the necessary skills and experience to undertake the expedition you’re planning. For example, before climbing Huascaran in Peru, at over 22,000 ft high, I’d undertaken a number of previous expeditions in remote and high altitude locations. I knew what to expect physically and, importantly, I’d built the mental strengths and resilience to achieve the climb.
In your career, all of your previous experience, sometimes from outside of work as well as in, will help you to manage your next career step, whether that’s in the same organisation or beyond. You’ll have gained and practiced skills found personal qualities that demonstrate that you can reach the next peak on your journey. There is physical equipment that you need to have with you to do the job - spanners and screw drivers, laptops and projectors, theodolites, pens and paper...
The immediate answer for many people is “completely”, or sometimes just “what a stupid question, of course I know myself”.
Of course, you do know yourself. Hopefully better than anyone. But how much of that are you really aware of, and do you realise how not knowing and not being able to articulate it may be seriously limiting your career.
You see, as human beings we operate very much from our conscious minds and for most situations this works extremely well for us. When you first learn to do something, you have to think about every step consciously in order to do it effectively. It could be driving a car, playing a sport or a musical instrument, or doing your job.
Once you’ve learnt it though, you’ve trained your subconscious mind and it can then deal with the mechanics of the activity without you needing to consciously think about it.
Now, you just jump in the car and drive, pick up the...
The thought of making big decisions, particularly around careers, is enough to send many people into a state of procrastination and high stress.
I notice it particularly with clients who are either students about to take their first career step, or those trying to make a career change in their 30s, 40s, or 50s.
Let me give you an example.
I was taken by a client to a careers fair at a university in London to run a couple of workshops and answer ad-hoc career questions from students at the event.
One student, who was quite visibly distressed, explained that she had 5 things that she loved doing and making a career decision would mean dropping four of them. She had been told that she could only choose one for her career. I explained how she only had to make a decision for the first step of her career, and that she would be able to incorporate the other things or change careers entirely when and if she chose to in the future. As she took this all in, I could see the anxiety leave her...
How many people do you know who would respond like that if you said to them “it’s easy to enjoy work”. There might even be a heavy tone of sarcasm in their voice. You may know a few people like that, who don’t really enjoy their job.
Consider this though: it’s your choice. You can’t control what other people do, but you can always decide how you will look at the situation. You just have to stop, notice what you’re feeling and, if it isn’t what you want, do something about it.
Sadly, there are not many organisations who train their staff in the necessary skills to increase the enjoyment and reduce the stress in their working life: in other words, how to manage their career.
However, a couple of weeks ago I was delighted to collaborate with Emotional Intelligence (EQ) expert, Lisa Allen to deliver a session at a new teachers conference for the GLF Multi Academy Trust which we called “Enjoying...
One thing’s for sure, if you don’t manage your time effectively, everyone else will dictate your agenda and probably increase your stress levels in doing so.
If you’re trying to arrange a meeting with someone, don’t send them an email giving loads of alternatives. Otherwise it limits what else you can organise. Offer one (or maximum two) specific times for the meeting; times that suit you. That way, you stay in control of your agenda and can organise your other activities.
The short answer is YES, and here’s why it’s a no brainer!
There are around 33 million people in the UK who are working or available to work.
There are 27 million UK users on LinkedIn which is, as I’m sure you’ve just worked out, very much the majority of the working population.
There are plenty of jobs on LinkedIn these days, but it’s primarily a networking site where you can start conversations that will enhance your career or business. Have a look at this short video (it’s only a minute long) to see more.
As we come to the end of this four week mini-series reducing stress and increasing calm, our focus turns to gratitude.
There’s a lot around about the power of gratitude. You may have come across it. It links to one of the key mindsets for success:
There’s no magic to this. Your unconscious mind filters information based on what you’ve told it is important to you. By focussing on what you want and like, your unconscious mind will filter so that you notice more of those things.
Gratitude helps you to make sure that you focus on the good things – from the big fabulous achievements, to the smaller things like that nice cup of tea you made this morning, the smile you exchanged with someone in the street, or that you just caught the train this morning.
I’ve got three actions for you below which will help you get into the habit really easily.