How Can You Accelerate Your Career Progress in 2014?

How Can You Accelerate Your Career Progress in 2014?

\nHave you defined the specific actions you will take during 2014 to significantly advance your career?\n\nIn this and future newsletters, I will provide insights and tips on how you can improve in several elements of your life. If you haven’t done so, read my previous newsletter, in which I provided insights to strengthen your family relationships.\n\nThis month, I will continue with your career, because based on my personal experience and observations, this aspect tends to be defined too narrowly and short term. \n\nHere are a few suggestions and tips on how you can accelerate your career in 2014:\n

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  1. Define your ideal job. Regardless of whether you are about to enter the job market or have been working for several years, what would your ideal job be? What do you excel at? What kind of activities do you enjoy doing—the type where you tend to lose track of time because you’re so immersed? What professional legacy do want to leave for those around you and for society? And if you have a written personal mission statement, which professional activity best connects with it? Assume for a moment that you don’t need to worry about how much money you make in this ideal job. Close your eyes for a few seconds and visualize yourself doing these activities, day in and day out, year after year. Think big. Do not constrain your imagination. How does it feel? Does it bring a smile to your face?
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  1. Assess your current state. What are the pros and cons of your current job versus the ideal one? Is there a significant conflict between your personal values and those demanded in your job? Can your current job realistically lead you to your ideal one? Are you in the right industry? The right type of occupation? The right company?
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  1. Commit to a plan. What is the one thing you will do differently during 2014 to bridge your current state and your ideal job? Involve others in your analysis and plans. Don’t rush things, but make sure you identify at least one action that will get you closer to your ideal job. It could be learning a new skill or language, networking with people, seeking advice from a mentor or coach, discussing your career aspirations with your boss, etc. As the saying goes, “There’s no time like the present,” so why not start now.
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\nIn the next newsletter, I will share suggestions to improve your physical health in 2014. Stay tuned!\n\nI want to close this newsletter with a quote from Nelson Mandela: “There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.\n\nPercy M. Cannon\nAuthor, Business Consultant and Professional Coach\nwww.cannonbalance.com\n\nPS1: Use this link to ask questions, post comments, and request topics you would like to see in future issues.\nPS2: Use this link to subscribe to future newsletter issues or review previous ones.\nPS3: Use this link if you want to buy my book, The Business Apostolate, Insights to Define and Achieve your Mission in Life with a special discount for newsletter readers. Just enter code UN2WS547.

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