How To Get Where You Want In A Career
Everywhere you look there is a new How To book. They even sell than at Kinkoís. It seems like every major self-help motivator, writer and blogger has a different way of saying how to do something. Donít misunderstand me, I consider How Tos invaluable otherwise I wouldnít be writing one. But odds are you already know how to do it, it just takes the right path to see that you can do it.
Where are you now?
Every starting journey starts with a starting place. Your life is a map Ė where are you? Before jumping ship from high school or college or even from a job you need to have some kind of idea of your starting point and where you want to go. How can you possibly find where youíre going without some idea of where you are?
Where do you want to go?
You know New York is east, but do you know how to get there? Clearly define where it is that you want to go and how to get there. Write down steps that you believe or facts you have found that will take you where you want to go. Make sure your steps are realistic. If you have one tank of gas, no money, no directions and no other resources, a cross-country trip is not attainable.
Itís ok to ask for directions
If you are going someplace new, you may not know how to get there. In this case ask someone who has been there or is already there. They may know shortcuts, pitfalls to avoid, or other tips and tricks for getting there.
You know where and you know how to get there Ė the next step is to plan your route.
Again, start from where you are now. You canít take the fifth step without taking the first. Make a plan, design steps that will take you from one stepping-stone to anther. Donít try to take too big of a step, just make sure your steps move forward. What do you need to get from step 1 to step 2? What do you need to get from step 5 to step 6? Sit down and write out what actions you need to take to get where you want to go.
Take the first step
The first step is the hardest because you are actually starting a new journey. This is where you will need your plan. Before taking the first step, look at your plan. The plan will give you strength in your decision to take the first step and than the next. After taking the first step look at your plan again and donít look back (not yet). Take the next step and go forward.
ďEven if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.Ē - Will Rogers.