|Martin Yate CPC
NY Times Bestseller
35 Years in
Career Resolution #1 – Commit to your dreams and the plans that bring them to life
We all make New Year’s resolutions to do better professionally, to get a better job or a promotion and to make more money, but all too often we fail to harness these dreams to a workable plan of action.
The world of work is no longer as secure as it once was, lifetime job security is gone, replaced by most Americans changing jobs about every four years. The reality is that your current, or even your next job is just a stop along the way. You can regain control of your life by making 2013 the year you replace blind loyalty to the corporation with loyalty to your own long-term economic survival.
Make this the year you commit to enlightenedself-interest, to understanding and applying practical the career management strategies that will put security and fulfillment in your life.
Live up to your dreams Most people sacrifice the struggle for a life of fulfillment to the whims of instant gratification. The constant din of consumerism takes your focus away from the long term, and encourages you to live up to your income and not up to your dreams. The result is all too often that you get into debt way over your head, and trapped like a mouse on a paddle wheel, you are too busy running in place to even think about strategies for moving forward.
You live in a world that encourages you to demand instant gratification, “have it all and have it now, life is tough and you are special, you owe it to yourself!” Don’t let yearnings for instant gratification and temporary status derail the work you know it requires to bring your life’s dreams to reality. This year, commit to of the pursuit of plans that will bring your dreams to life.
Turn your dreams into practical goals that you can work towards, because whatever you want in life, you can probably achieve it, if you work hard and smart enough. Break those goals down into smaller and then smaller steps, until there is always some small action that, taken today, will take you one step closer to manifesting those goals that give your life meaning.
Steal time to make your dreams and your life happen The average American gets home from work, watches five hours of TV and goes to bed; not always in that order. You can make your dreams reality, you can bring your goals to life by giving up one thirty-minute TV sitcom four nights a week. Steal just two hours a week and invest it in learning how to manage your career, and in just twelve months you can revolutionize your life.
Use that time to invest in your future, learn what it really takes to get back to work, to protect the job you have, to get a better job, to get a promotion; to plan and execute job or career change without disruption, to write that novel or launch that business
Make the commitment to take control of your destiny by applying the strategies and tactics of intelligent career management to the realities of today’s insecure professional world. Give up one sitcom a week on the TV to change your dreams into realities. Don’t become a couch potato and watch life whizz by on the silver screen, invest yourself in making your life one of success and fulfillment.
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