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I recently hosted a room on Clubhouse with another career
expert. We dubbed our room “the career
couch” and invited people to ask us any questions they like about their
careers. One question that came up was this:
“Once I’ve done the work to identify my strengths, values and purpose, how do I
make sure that it lasts and I don’t get sucked into the daily grind again?”.
What a great question. Because it’s easy to get sucked into the daily grind isn’t it? Suddenly, this carefully curated career gets
a bit boring again. Suddenly, you’re
sucked into doing those tasks that don’t energise you. Suddenly, someone else is deciding what you
should be doing and you realise that you’re no longer being intentional.
So, how do you make sure you don’t get sucked in?
There are many potential answers to this question but there
is one answer that encompasses them all. And that is: you must continually, intentionally and proactively manage this process of creating a career you love. The 10/10 career is not a final
destination. It’s a work in progress.
To make sure you don’t lose your way by getting sucked into
the daily grind, you need to create some rhythms and routines that enable you
to always be checking in with your career and keeping it fresh.
Keeping it fresh
In order to keep our career fresh and engaging, we need to
conduct regular reviews and periodically recalibrate our goals. There are two main reasons for this:
Clients that have worked with me will have achieved a
certain level of career insight. They
will know their strengths, values and purpose. They will also have a definition for a mediocre career, a good career
and a great career. Based upon this,
they will have created short-, medium- and long-term career goals.
With this baseline of career insight, I would then recommend
the following reviews at the following intervals:
Every 6 months:
Keep at it
If you carry out these small steps each month, you will keep
on track and be consistently moving forwards towards a career you love.
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