When you make the decision to commit to transforming your career, following God’s plan and purpose for your life, and growing as a leader in your industry by being your most authentic self, it’s no small decision. It’s a big deal. Stepping out on faith, following your big career dreams and fully utilizing your gifts and potential is a radical act that not everyone is called to do or chooses to pursue. That’s why, on this path less travelled, you need critical strategies, structures and support to stay focused and on track to keep you from losing sight of your long-term vision of success.
Here are 8 strategies that will help you:
1. Plan your day every single day. Ask yourself, “What do I need to do today that will take me one or two steps toward transforming my career or business?” or “What three things can I do today that will take me one or two steps toward transforming my career or business?” What we focus on and what we track gets done. Identify what you need to do and then take decisive action.
2. Read your vision story every single day. At its core, career transformation is about getting crystal clear on what you want for your career and then taking action to make your vision a reality. If you don’t allow yourself to dream, envision and imagine about what is possible for your career and life in the future, you won’t gain greater clarity on what you want. Most people are worried that they have to figure everything out before they can start taking action. That’s not how it actually works. When you commit to allowing yourself to dream about your future every single day and take consistent action forward, I promise you’ll soon discover more clarity and more motivation than you ever thought possible.
3. Connect with like-minded leaders and visionaries every single day. Whether it’s someone you just met at a networking group, your career coach, your mastermind colleague, your prayer partner or an accountability partner, make it a priority to connect daily with at least one person who believes in your career aspirations and has the potential to support you along your journey.
4. Track your progress every single day. If you don’t know where you are in relation to your number one career goal, how do you know what action to take next? You don’t. Track your progress and evaluate your success.
5. Discover what work highlights your strengths every single day. Knowledge about what you do best is right at your fingertips. But if you don’t stop to assess and reflect, it might as well not exist. You don’t have to spend a lot of time on it every day, but you always want to be paying attention to when you are most energized while working.
6. Evaluate your mindset every single day. Thoughts are things. What you believe determines your thoughts, your thoughts determine your actions, your actions determine your habits, and your daily habits determine your career and life. Take an honest look at your limiting and “lack” beliefs that are holding you back and make a commitment to change them.
7. Have someone hold you accountable every single day. Don’t make the common mistake of thinking that you’ll be able to transform your career on your own and without any support. It takes more than a desire to want things to be different, for things to actually be different. You need to be committed to transforming your career, disciplined in taking consistent action, courageous in overcoming obstacles, and compassionate with yourself as you try new skills, tools and strategies every single day. Having a professional career coach hold you accountable to what you want most for your career and life makes the process and journey less stressful, a whole lot easier, and a lot more fun.
8. Let go of the end result every single day. This is probably the toughest one. Take inspired action forward, do your best effort, be authentic, intentional and powerful, and let go of the end result. You don’t want to get too attached to results and how you expect things to turn out. You’ll miss the miracles, blessings and success that God has for planned for you. Focus on what you can do at the present moment and leave the rest for God to complete.