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been doing a lot of inspirational reading this month. One of the quotes
provided the impetus for this month’s feature article: Four Steps
to Career Achievement. Read on for a dose of career inspiration.
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Four Steps to Career Achievement
I read a wonderful quote by William A. Ward, American scholar, author
and pastor. Here’s the quote:
“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully.
Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.”
Besides the memorable
alliterative nature of the quote, bells went off in my head. To me, the quote
epitomized the true meaning of what it takes to have a successful career.
Let me explain.
“Plan purposefully.” How does this apply to your
heard the statement, “If you don’t know where you’re going,
you’ll end up someplace else.” Setting your career direction is
the first, and most critical decision you need to make. How can you possibly
reach a goal unless you define it?
Ask yourself “What
do I want?” You’ll find answers in your dreams, yearnings, the thoughts
you’ve placed on the shelf, and what you’re naturally attracted
to. Talk to people about what they do and if a profession seems interesting
to you, ask more questions and do research.
decided that you want to move up in your organization, model your behavior and
actions on high achievers and learn how to use office politics and the corporate
culture in your favor.
Trust that you
can and will get what you want. I’m referring to having faith that with
careful planning, hard work and a laser-like attention to your goal, it can
become a reality. Focused intention is powerful.
When I was in human
resources at Squibb Corporation, I remember wanting so much to be promoted into
a recruiter position. My intention was strong and I worked diligently for 3
years, learning as much as I could, asking for and taking on more responsibility.
I was promoted
shortly thereafter. Yes, it was the realization of a dream that I trusted would
happen. But I planned for it. I asked for what I wanted (from my boss and of
myself) and took tactical action steps (learning how to interview by enrolling
in classes and by screening candidates.)
Faith coupled with
planning is a winning combination.
Once you have decided
on what you want and carefully crafted a plan to realize it, fuel it with good
thoughts and an upbeat attitude.
Did you ever notice
that it’s always the people who think they will succeed, who do? That’s
no accident. Beyond the power of positive thinking, I truly believe you can
shape your destiny by your thoughts.
Start each day
being grateful for what you have, and expect good things to happen. More often
than not, they will.
Woody Allen once
said: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
Your goal is often
waiting for you right around the corner after your last setback. Just when you
feel that your plan is not going to work because you’re tired, or discouraged
by a naysayer, that’s the time to try once more.
Of course, along
the way you might need to tweak or refine the plan. That’s being smart.
Advice from a trusted mentor should be welcomed and folded into your action
If your heart is
telling you to proceed, listen to it. And take action every day.
What small, incremental
steps can you make today to move your plan forward? Your new career is waiting!