Thursday, October 25, 2007

66 Tips For Better Networking - #43

Route 66 - The Journey Toward Success

Take Ownership Of Your Career

To achieve greater success with your career, stop making excuses and take ownership. To have great opportunities appear in your path, you have to take control and make sure that you are headed in the right direction.

I know many people who are just going through the motions of life without any direction. Imagine if you were getting onto an airplane in Los Angeles bound for Honolulu. Would you want the pilot to take charge and have know the route or just take off and point the plane west? To fly west might get you to Hawaii, but there is an awful lot of blue water down there, and when you run out of fuel there might not be a runway if the pilot was not in control during the whole flight.

The same is true with your life. Each day you drift along without focusing on your future, you could be getting more and more off course. Eventually many who do this give up on finding their destination altogether.

Embrace each day as a chance to have an impact on yourself and those around you. Take actions that make your world a better place and which will help bring you closer to your ultimate goals. Ask yourself each night before you go to bed what happened in the previous twenty-four hours that was positive and think ahead toward the next day as you plan for your tomorrow.

1. Having a clear plan of what success looks like is the first step. You need to identify your own goals and aspirations. Now write them down and make them real in your mind. Know in your heart that you have the unique capabilities inside your soul to live these dreams.

2. Every time you are faced with a decision, ask yourself which choice will lead you closer to your goals. The advantage of having defined goals is that it makes it easier to answer the hard questions.

3. Take action. Do not just dream about your achievement, but instead achieve. Everyday you must discover an action that is a mini-victory in your quest. Add up a year's worth of mini-victories and you have a huge success.

Nobody can do this for you. You cannot ask your executive assistant to improve your life. You must decide on the steps that will lead you toward making your career one of fulfilment. We spend too much time in our jobs not to be happy. You have the power to create happiness or make a move to a new position where you are better suited to excel.

There are more opportunities around you than you probably realize. Grab them.

Have A Great Day.


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