I came across an article by Deborah Brown-Volkman who is the author of The Sage and Scholars Guide to Coaching Career Transitions where she listed 5 steps to the career you love. They are:
- Step 1: Describe what you want. You cannot get what you want until you can describe what it is. I think this is where most of us get in trouble when we are trying to achieve something. For the last ten years I have been teaching at the college and university level and see students who have a dream of what they want, but when I ask them to describe it – the have difficulty putting it into words. If you can’t describe it you won’t know what your working toward. You won’t know what the perceived obstacles are. She states – brainstorm. When you do this the answers will come.
- Step 2: Explore your options. This is why step 1 is so important. After doing step one you have a number of options to choose from and receive information on. One assignment I have in my courses is to have the student interview someone in the career field they are thinking about. This allows them to talk to people they know and don’t know and find out what it takes. I had a student come back to me and stated that they didn’t want to do this particular career because of the information they received about it in the interview. I even received a letter from a person whom was interviewed and they said – “I wish I would have had this assignment in school. I would be doing what I am doing know.” This is another problem that comes from not exploring your options. You “settle”.
- Step 3: Create a game plan. Once you have all the information it is time to apply it. You have to have a plan. To create this plan ask three questions: a) What I want; b) When will I get what I want; and 3) What actions will I take to get there? So, you determine what you want, set a date for its accomplishment, and what you have to do to get it. Then do it. This is Basic Goal Setting 101.
- Step 4: Implement your plan. This is where a lot of people get stuck. They plan but don’t act. You have to keep the momentum going. Set daily, weekly, and monthly goals. This helps create the momentum to keep you going.
- Step 5: Reach Your Goal. Once you reach your goal it is time to celebrate. When you celebrate it evokes the emotion that I can accomplish anything that comes along. It also conditions your brain to realize that if I accomplish something I get a reward.
When I read this list it evoked a renewal of things I want to accomplish and got me excited again. Will you be perfect in your accomplishment everytime? No, but you will gain experience and gather new information to create new goals and dreams. That is why you should choose a career around something you love. You can make money doing anything. Doing what you love makes the journey much more enjoyable.