Are you wishing? Or do you have a plan?

Someone once told me that if you want to know what a person’s true priorities are, ignore what they say and look at what they do.  The things you do day to day, the activities and experiences you make time for, they reveal the priorities you are living. 

Pat, a participant in one of my job search skills workshops, complained that she didn’t know what to do.  She was unemployed, and didn’t want to go back to her previous career.  She hated that job, and wanted to pursue something more fulfilling to pay her bills.  Clearly, this was important to Pat.  She was so frustrated and unhappy.  I asked Pat what she was doing to figure it out. 

“Waiting to see what life brings my way.  I’m open to other options.  And sometimes I look at job descriptions for openings I find online to see what interests me.  I garden.  And I spend time with my children and grandchildren.  I volunteer at my church.  I’m waiting for inspiration.”

Ask any artist and you’ll learn that inspiration comes through action, not waiting.  Goals of any kind are achieved through a strategic plan and a schedule of consistent, daily action.  The same is true when it comes to creating a new career path or finding a new job. 

When I was laid off at the culmination of my career in IT, after I spent time recovering from burn out, I spent time every day working at unearthing my strengths and skills and passions, imagining the work I would love to do, exploring how to do that.  I read books and did all the exercises, I researched ideas online, and I sought the support of a coach to help me sort out my learnings and stay motivated.  Once I knew what I wanted to do for my next career, I began to take concrete steps to identify how to test out my new career ideas (test before committing, just to be sure I was right), and then how to create the career and life I wanted. 

Ron was person who had invested the time to unearth what he offered, imagine what he wanted.  When he began to create his next career move, he said to me,  “It’s the schedule that is the key.  I need to schedule time for my job search and career change activities into my schedule.  I need to schedule these things as though they were an important meeting with someone I’d never consider cancelling on.  When I do that, I’ll get what I want, I know it.”

Are you sitting and waiting for inspiration?  Are you hoping the answer will just drop in your lap, like Pat?  Or do you have a plan and a schedule.  Have you really made your search for a job and career you love a priority?  Or is it still just a wish and a hope?

Please share your comments below, I’d love to hear what you think.

If you feel you need more support to help create your plan and schedule, I’d love to be there for you.  Contact me now for a free consultation so you can have a job and career you love.  

2 comments to Are you wishing? Or do you have a plan?

  • Jonni Rose Lukenbill

    Great advice for the young! Not for everyone, though. Had a plan; worked four years all day every day on it & it got me deep in debt from tuition bills & no job due to age & lack of experience. Not every carefully planned goal/program works. After hard work & pro-actively implementing a plan I have nothing but a lovely diploma & professional license to decorate a wall. We are never completely in control of our plans in spite of what career experts like John Krumbolz says. I am now applying for jobs I could do before I got the Masters degree.

    • Jonni –

      I’m so sorry your plans didn’t take you where you wanted to go. I don’t agree it’s only for the young. Most of my clients have had an established career before embarking on a different path. And you are right, sometimes life takes us in a different direction than our plans intended. However, I do believe everyone can have a fulfilling career leveraging the strengths and skills they love to use – if that’s what they want. No matter their age. Sometimes it takes a different form than what we imagined at the outset, though.



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