Is It Time For Your Career Annual Check-Up?

Often, a lot of people don’t consider their career plans as they should-I’ve learned as a professional career coach. Take a few minutes to look back on the past year. Why not gain some perspective on what you’ve accomplished and learned? A wonderful career coaching exercise is conducting a personal annual career review provided that you look at the big picture. Annually, your career check-up should touch on how you want to live your life and issues close to you. Also, it should include creation of a plan for the next year

Ask yourself eight questions during your personal annual career review:

1. How have I been with my job? Happy?

2. How happy have I been with my personal life?

3. With what I do for myself: How happy have I been?

4. Did I do something that expresses my most strongly held values regularly?

5. What is one thing I would change about my job if I could?

6. What do I wish was there that I left out of my life?

7. A person whose life I admire is?

8. What should your game plan for the next year of your career look like?

A good goal has a positive end. It should be something you want, not something you hate or think you should do. “I am going to exercise more” is one of those goals that sounds nice, but will undoubtedly end up on the back shelf. Instead set goals like: “I am going to find some kind of exercise that I enjoy. I will walk three times a week for 30 minutes.”

You should find a good strategy. Move toward something enjoyable, fulfilling, productive, and rewarding. What in your life do you find especially fulfilling? What that you do makes you lose all sense of time? In your life, increase what you have found meaningful for a significant positive benefit for you, and for the people around you.

A good strategy should move you away from things and people you find unproductive, unfulfilling, meaningless or unrewarding. What do you hate doing and who do you not enjoy talking on the phone with? What in your day feels like a waste of time? If you learn to decrease what you find unrewarding in your life, you will give yourself a sense of internal control over what happens to you.

While change is difficult, you *can* make your goals a reality and lead the life you desire. Remember to take baby steps toward your goals, and don’t hesitate to contact a professional career coach for guidance and support. Hiring a career coach is a smart investment – we can help you decide what is most important and work with you to achieve your goals.

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