3 Things You Can’t Control in Your Job Search (and 3 Things You Can!)

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Several years ago, I interviewed for a job that I really, really wanted: It seemed like the perfect role at a dream organization. I worked hard to prepare for the interview, and though I was nervous on the big day, I felt ready.

I was at ease with the interviewers (a team of five!), and felt we developed a strong rapport. I left the office sure I’d made a good impression—only to find out a few days later that they hired someone else.

I was devastated and disappointed. But their rejection email emphasized it wasn’t that I was a bad fit, but rather that there was someone who was a better fit.

This was a critical lesson for me. When looking for a new position, you want to believe that it’ll be like buying a new computer or booking a trip. In other words, you’ll research all of the options, pick the best, and it’ll be yours. The hard reality, however, is that there is so much outside of your control in a job search from what openings are out there, to who else is in the running, to whether your interviewer is having a bad day.

So, a much better way to spend your time and energy is to focus on the parts that are within your control. In these areas, greater effort will mean more payoff. And, for everything outside of your control? Admitting they’re out of your hands will keep you from taking a loss too personally.

Here’s a guide to what’s what:

1. You Can’t Control Who’s Hiring

Sometimes, the exact position you’re looking for will open up at just the right time; and other times you feel like you’ve been refreshing job boards and checking back in with your contacts again (and again, and again) before you see anything that’s a good fit. Unfortunately, you can’t will a role into being available.

But, You Can Control Your Efforts

What you can do is make sure that you’re devoting enough time to your search to make the progress you want. Yes, some people seem to have jobs land in their lap—but they’re updating their LinkedIn profiles, talking to people behind the scenes, and putting effort into their personal branding. That kind of effort pays off!

2. You Can’t Control the Job Market

I had a coaching client who recently graduated from journalism school. She was struggling to find a full-time position—and so were all of her peers. The lesson: Your search is subject to big trends in the economy that are important to recognize.

But, You Can Control How You React to It

Recognizing these larger job market forces helps you target your search accordingly. If your skills are transferable, you can investigate roles where you could use them in a new, growing sector.

A good way to gut-check if it’s the industry—or something about how your applying—is to reach out to your contacts (both employed and unemployed) in the same industry. Talk to them about the landscape. Are they seeing a lack of open roles? Are there certain things that help other people stand out and get hired despite this?

3. You Can’t Control the Competition

As I learned the hard way, sometimes your competition is just more qualified than you. A few months after my devastating rejection, I went back and looked at the company website to see who they had hired, and thought: “I would’ve hired her, too!”

We had a similar background, but my competitor’s experience was a bit more relevant and she spoke Spanish, which was helpful in the role. And sometimes, you’ll find out that while you were qualified, the other finalist had five years more experience than you did. In these cases, there nothing you could’ve done differently to land the job.

But You Can Control Your Preparation and Performance

With that said, stressing about the competition’s counter-productive. When you’re going into an interview, you want to focus on how you you can be as prepared as possible. Translation: practice, practice, practice!

Talking about yourself, your experience, and your interests can feel unnatural and it’s hard to remember examples of past projects offhand. Practicing aloud, either by yourself or ideally with a trusted friend, will help you make the best possible impression when speaking with someone new.

Management expert Jack Welch once said, “Control your destiny or someone else will.”

You get to steer your own destiny. While you don’t have full control over the everything in your job search, you can uphold high expectations for yourself and your career. Keep your spirits up by knowing that you are doing what you can do, and that you’re prepared and ready for the right opportunity when it comes along.

 

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5 Habits That’ll Ensure You’ll End Every Day Feeling Successful

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You know those days when you leave work feeling amazing, pumped that you were highly productive? On the flipside, I’m sure you have days that are just the opposite. Ones that leave you feeling frustrated, wondering whether you got anything done. What if there was a way to end every day knowingthat it was successful?

Unfortunately, there’s no bulletproof formula to guarantee this, but there are certain practices you can follow that’ll help.

Here are five habits that, if practiced daily, can boost your success at work:

1. Keep a Gratitude Journal

Gratitude journals have grown wildly popular and I can understand why. Earlier this year, I started a journal and committed to writing down one thing I’m grateful for every day. At 159 days in, I’m still going strong. I found that expressing gratitude every morning before work gets me in the right mindset and helps me prepare for the day’s challenges.

But don’t take my word for it. A study by UCLA found that people who regularly wrote down what they were grateful for were more optimistic and cheerful than those who didn’t. Interestingly, they also had fewer doctor visits and fewer work absences. Expressing gratitude daily is a simple, quick practice that has a massive impact, and there’s even an app for it in case you’re not a fan of physical journaling like I am.

2. Reduce Context Switching

Context switching is when you jump between various, unrelated tasks. You’re heads down on a project but get interrupted by an urgent message. A few minutes later, a conversation between co-workers distracts you, and, after you finally refocus, you remember an email you should have responded to earlier in the day. Does this sound like your day?

While rapid context switching may seem like the norm of the modern worker, Jessica Harris from Trello explains how it comes at a high cost:

We spend an average of just one minute and 15 seconds on a task before being interrupted.

It takes an average of 25 minutes to resume a taskafter being interrupted.

Heavily multitasking can temporarily lower your IQ by up to 15 points.

You probably can’t eliminate context switching altogether, but being mindful of the productivity damage it causes will allow you to create rules to avoid distraction (more on that in a second).

3. Create “If/When-Then” Plans

I learned about this habit from Robert Cialdini’s book, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade. Here’s how it works. You pick a cue, then pick a desirable action that you can link to that cue. Here are a few “if/when-then” rules I follow:

  • If/when I need to work without interruption, then I leave my desk and find a drop-by room.
  • If/when it’s time to eat lunch, then I order a salad. Boring, I know.
  • If/when I get a calendar invite for Thursday (when my company has a no-meeting policy), then I move the meeting to a different day.

Research suggests that people who use “if/when-then” planning are between two and three times more likely to achieve their goals. This type of planning is effective because you’re proactively creating automatic responses. When situations arise that might prevent you from reaching your long-term goals, you’ve already decided how you’ll act.

4. Exercise—Even if Only for a Few Minutes

You know you should exercise—the benefits are significant. But knowing isn’t the tough part—it’s finding time in your busy schedule to make it happen.

Running, cycling, or going to the gym may be ideal, but all you really need is a few minutes. One option is the 7-Minute Workout. It’s an intense workout you can do almost anywhere and is proven to deliver results.

Taking a short break to go on a walk is a great way to reduce stress. A few years back I committed to going on one walk in the middle of the workday.

These quick strolls elevated my heart rate, for just a few minutes, and it enabled me to go back to my work with renewed focus. So, even if you don’t have time to hit the gym, exercising for only a few minutes each day is still worth it.

5. Have a Shutdown Ritual

Eric Barker, a best-selling author who wrote an entire book on success, teaches the importance of having a “shutdown ritual” in which you take the time to close out the day’s business and prepare for tomorrow. His research found that the simple act of writing down the things you need to take care of the next day can settle your brain and help you relax.

My shutdown ritual includes making a concise list (no more than three) of the most important things I need to do the next day. Since committing to this practice I’ve found that I think less about work when I’m out of the office. My ritual also includes cleaning my desk and shutting down my laptop, practices signaling that my work day has come to an end.

It turns out that implementing this has been found to relieve anxiety and help you enjoy your evening.

One final thought. While each of these five habits is intended to help you be more successful, it’s important to also pause and take a moment to define what success means to you.

These are guidelines, and, ultimately, you’ve got to create your own standard of excellence and measure progress accordingly. Because real, lasting success comes by aligning your actions with what’s most important to you.

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3 Ways to Recharge When You Can’t Just “Take a Vacation”

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You’re burnt out. Every day you sit down at your desk with an overwhelming sense of dread and exhaustion. You’re barely treading water, and you just can’t shake the feeling that the monotony and stress is about to swallow you whole.

“You need a vacation!” people tell you, as if you didn’t already know that a week spent napping in a hammock or hiking in the woods would lift your spirits.

But, here’s the problem: It’s not that simple. You can’t just pack up and go. Maybe your vacation days are already dwindling. Or, perhaps you have way too much on your plate to suddenly shut down your computer and unplug for a while.

So, now what? Do you just need to keep trudging through that wet cement of your daily life and do the best you can despite your increasing stress?

Not exactly. Fortunately, there are a few other things you can do to press your reset button that don’t involve hopping on a plane or sipping Mai Tais (we wish, right?).

1. Change Your Scenery

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No, maybe you don’t have the luxury of gazing out at the ocean or some other exotic landscape anytime soon, but changing your surroundings in more minor ways can still have some positive effects on your attitude and work ethic.

Why? Well, various psychological experiments and studies have pointed out that—as humans—we’re incredibly context-dependent. Put simply, our environments cue us in on the various habits and behaviors we associate with those surroundings.

So, if you’ve grown accustomed to feeling miserable and disheartened when staring at your same cluttered desktop or drab cubicle walls, it’s going to be that much harder to shake that emotion—unless you switch things up a little bit.

This can be as simple as swapping out your computer background and adding a plant, a photo, or a new desk toy. Or, you can go all-in and totally rearrange the setup of your workspace. If you have a ton of flexibility in your office, you can try working from a different area—such as a shared lounge or even a picnic table outside.

Rest assured, you don’t need to jet set to get a renewed perspective. Even these smaller changes can make a big difference in your overall outlook.

2. Switch Up Your Routine

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It’s human nature to stick with what we know—it’s called the “status quo bias.” We find a sense of comfort in the safe and predictable.

But, every now and then, that can backfire: We white-knuckle our precious routines, even when they aren’t working for us anymore. With that in mind, being willing to make some tweaks to your daily habits and schedules can also have some positive effects.

For one, you’ll find a renewed sense of focus. Neuroscientists have proventhat our brains are always seeking novelty—we’re always keeping one eye open for that next bright and shiny thing. By making some changes (even small ones!) to your routine, you give your brain that sense of newness that it’s looking for—meaning you’ll enjoy increased focus on whatever it is you’re working on.

Secondly, you’ll also improve your creative thinking. Straying away from your predictable systems and workflows increases your brain’s neuroplasticity—that is, it’s ability to form new connections between different thoughts. Put simply, having some flexibility in your routine also makes your brain more flexible.

So, go ahead and move your afternoon workout to the morning before you head into the office. Or, make it a goal to eat lunch away from your desk, rather than working right through. You might be surprised by the results!

3. Unplug When You Can

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I know that you’re sick of people telling you to just unplug and disconnect when you’re feeling overworked. Tuning out your inbox and shutting off your phone isn’t always realistic—you have work to do, after all.

However, don’t think of this as an instruction to totally disengage from your work. Instead, it’s an encouragement to identify those pockets of time when you could possibly put down your phone or step away from email to give yourself a much-needed break.

Does your phone need to be the first thing you look at before you go to sleep and when you wake up? Do you need to be obsessively scrolling through your texts when you’re unwinding in front of the TV or enjoying dinner with a friend? No.

You can’t disconnect completely, and I get that (trust me, I do!). However, give yourself permission to take a step back and unplug a little bit—at least when you’re not actively working. You might not be able to take a full-blown vacation. But, even a little bit of time off from the constant pressure of your work life is sure to have a positive impact on your attitude and stress levels.

Feeling like you’re on a hamster wheel of never-ending tasks and to-dos isn’t fun. And, it becomes especially difficult when you don’t have the light at the end of the tunnel—in the form of an upcoming vacation—to inspire you to keep pushing.

If things are really bad and you’re feeling particularly overwhelmed and overworked, that situation very well might warrant a conversation with your boss about how you can unload some of your duties and achieve a more manageable workload. (And here a few tips for having that conversation.)

However, if you feel like you just need some smaller changes to hit the reset button and renew your focus and outlook, these three adjustments can really make a big difference—no PTO or plane tickets required.

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10 Little Things That’ll Have a Big Impact on Your Career

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When you think of the phrase “career-changing impact,” your first thought is that serious projects lead to serious results. And sure, some people can brag of big wins like working overtime for three months and then scoring a competitive promotion.

But it’s just as important to remember that to accomplish anything, much smaller (and simpler) tasks add up and also lead to big change over time.

In fact, here are 10 of our favorite “little” things that will ultimately have a huge impact on your career. The best part? None of them too much time oreffort.

1. Invite a Higher-up Out for Coffee

It’s no secret that the senior leaders at your company are incredibly accomplished. It should also be no surprise that you can learn a thing or two from their experiences. Looking for a promotion? Need some guidance on how to get to your next step? Ask a higher-up at your company if you can pick their brain for a few minutes.

Oh, and when you get a “yes,” make the most of it with these tips on how to have a great coffee meeting.

2. Document Your Wins

You might be thinking, “No need, I’ll remember everything.” But you won’t! And even if you’re not currently job searching, documenting your accomplishments gives you a clearer idea of what you bring to the table in your role. This is especially important to know (and be able to articulate) when you’re looking for promotions, raises, or even new responsibilities at work.

Need some help getting started? Check out this worksheet that’ll help you keep track.

3. Make it a Point to Get to Know Other Teams

I once joined a company softball team for the sake of getting to know my colleagues. I embarrassed myself a few times and fell on my face once, but ultimately came out with better relationships across my company.

Becoming friendly with other teams might open up opportunities to work on different projects, learn new skills, or develop new passions. It’s as easy as asking someone on another team out for lunch, following up on something you heard in a company-wide meeting with the person involved, or even asking if you can attend one of their team’s meetings.

4. Spend More Time Working on Your Writing

Even if your job isn’t to write, honing your writing skills can help you take the next step in your career.

No matter what your job is, it’ll make you more comfortable sending sensitive emails, creating presentations, and drafting more compelling reports. And when people at your company start noticing the improvement in your work, they’ll start trusting you with even more urgent tasks.

Hate writing? That’s totally OK. These tools and apps to sharpen your writing skills were made just for you.

5. Speak Up More in Meetings

Speaking up feels hard. In fact, it can feel next to impossible when you worry that your ideas just aren’t up to snuff. But here’s the thing—the chances are that if you’re thinking something, there are a few other people in the room who are thinking the same thing.

If you’re willing to speak up more often at work, you’ll grow your confidence and show your colleagues that you really care about what’s being discussed.

Plus, if you do have a good idea, it’ll be remembered.

6. Use Your Time in Between Meetings to Learn

Have 10 minutes to kill in between meetings? You can check social media, but you can also take a different approach and work on learning something new. From watching a TED Talk, to reading industry news, to scrolling through LinkedIn and seeing what people are saying—you can pick up a lot fast, if you want to.

Keep a running list of ways to learn when you have a few minutes and it’ll be a no-brainer to check it out when you have a chance.

7. Create Challenges for Yourself

One of the most common reasons for looking for career growth is boredom. If this resonates with you, create little challenges for yourself, such as reaching out to one new person in your industry every week. Or forcing yourself to change one part of your weekly routine to see if it improves your productivity. Or, you can even spend time creating a list of problems and brainstorming solutions.

You never know what you’ll come up with, but at the very least, you’ll stimulate your brain in ways that will ultimately lead to personal growth.

8. Learn How to Compliment Someone (and Mean It)

Learning how to interact with other people is key to your career growth at any stage. And one of the toughest things about working with other people is knowing how to pay compliments without sounding like a suck-up.

Let’s talk about some specific scenarios:

  • Your Boss: Be specific about the thing she helped you with and what you learned.
  • Your Teammate: Share specific results you saw from the advice he gave you.
  • Your Direct Reports: Single out an accomplishment or positive changes you’ve noticed.
  • Networking Contact: Add a few bullet points about the value their work added to your life.

It’s a little uncomfortable to get into the habit at first, but it pays off big time once you do because you eventually start hearing those compliments come back your way.

9. Assess Yourself

Getting to know yourself sounds simpler than it is. One fast way to get up to speed is by taking a personality test. You might be surprised by some of the results. And then you might be motivated to make a few changes depending on what you learned.

For example, I took a quiz recently and found out that I’m not great at paying attention to details. It didn’t feel awesome to learn this, but it made an growth blindingly obvious (in a good way)!

10. Research Your Own Company

You might know a lot about your organization, especially if you’ve worked there for a few years. But it’s likely always evolving. Spend a few minutes catching up on what your company’s working on and what it offers. I’ve found that as I learn more, I can give better feedback. And when I give better feedback, people come to me with increasingly critical questions.

You can start by taking another look at your company’s website, specifically the About Us or Products pages. Then, identify areas that you don’t know much about and find people at your company who do know more. Invite those people out for coffee, or even just a quick in-office meeting, to ask questions.

Trust me: People will remember that you were curious and it’ll reflect highly on you if and when that feedback gets back to your manager or team lead.

Taking the next step in your career can seem daunting, no matter what you want to achieve. But remember, a lot of seemingly minor things can set you up for a ton of success. As you rack up the little wins, the bigger achievements will come. And you know what, since you’re awesome, I have a feeling it’ll happen more quickly than you think.

 

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These 20 truths about life will help you get your stuff together

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When someone finally sits you down and tells it like it is, it can be a hard pill to swallow.

But if you want to really enjoy life, you need to get to the nitty gritty fast and cut the crap out of your life so you can spend time on the things that matter to you.

Here are 20 brutal truths about life that no one wants to admit.

1) You’ll stop living some day.

We all want to think we are invincible, but we aren’t. Stop wishing away your days and start enjoying what is going on right now.

2) Everyone around you is going to die.

Hug your mom and dad and tell your sister you love her. They won’t be there someday when you finally look up from that smartphone. Tell people that matter to you that they matter.

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3) Money doesn’t make you happy.

No matter how hard you try, money will not buy you happiness. Life is about living, not accumulating. Stop spending your money on crap.

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4) Searching for happiness prevents you from finding it.

Unless you are living in the here and now, you are wasting your life. Stop chasing tomorrow and start enjoying today.

5) Spending money is less effective than spending time.

If you want to make a real difference in the world, donate your time and save your money for a rainy day. Spending time with people impacts them in ways you cannot even imagine. There is always more money, but there is never enough time.

6) Making everyone happy is for the birds.

Don’t worry about trying to make people happy. People will never be happy. You do you before your time runs out.

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7) Trying to be perfect will kill you.

Standing in front of the mirror pointing out your flaws will make you old before your time. Don’t waste another second trying to be anything except what you are right now.

8) Feelings are important too.

If you think thoughts have all the power in your life, think again. Feelings cause us to do some pretty amazing things, and some not so amazing things. Pay attention to how you feel instead of trying to trick yourself into hiding from your feelings.

9) You are responsible for yourself.

No one is going to live this life for you. We all know a talented 40 year old living in their mom’s basement. Get out and do something with your life.

10) Nothing matters when you are gone.

Someday, you’ll realize that all the stuff you spent your life worrying about doesn’t matter anymore. Hopefully, you’ll realize that while you still have time to do the things you actually wanted to do.

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11) Talent goes to waste if you let it.

If you have a God-given gift, or you want to learn a new talent, don’t wait. Nurture it and be proud of it.

12) Now is all that matters.

You might wake up dead tomorrow so don’t put off what you can do today until tomorrow. You might not get the chance.

13) Stop complaining: no one cares how hard your life is.

Guess what? Life is hard for everyone. It’s not supposed to be easy. If you want a different life, go out and get it. No one is going to change it for you.

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14) Share your wisdom with people.

If you know something and it could help others, share it with the world. Don’t let your ego get in the way. Say your peace before you can’t.

15) Invest in yourself or lose out on life.

Stop living on the sidelines of your own life. If there is something you want to do with your life, make the decision to do it. Spending time with yourself is never a bad decision.

16) Reactions are all that matters when things go bad.

No matter how bad things get, it’s how you react that’s important. Giving up is a bad idea; pushing forward is always a good idea.

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17) Have better relationships.

Work to show people you care. Don’t assume they know.

18) Look for the deeper meaning.

Life is about exploration and discovery. Don’t take it at face value. Ask questions and be curious.

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19) Ambition is useless, do the work.

You can have all the great ideas in the world, but if you don’t act on them, they are just useless ideas.

20) Time is the most precious thing in your life.

You will never have enough time. Do the best you can with what you have.

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ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707  or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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5 Signs You’re Going to Be Happy No Matter What You End up Doing

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Nothing good lasts forever; nothing bad lasts forever.

My dad has said this phrase to my brother and me more times than I can count. Most often, he used it to put things in perspective when we were facing a challenge.

When you’re experiencing something stressful, the reminder that you won’t be facing it “forever” is comforting. But, when you like where you are in your life, the first half of the statement can feel mildly threatening.

To be sure, it’s not meant that way. What it actually means is that everything (including your career) goes through stages and evolves.

Great opportunities will arise and difficulties will pop up. Simply knowing this will help you be ready for them when they happen. If you accept that your current phase will come to an end at some point, you’re more likely to step outside of your comfort zone and take a leap when you have the chance.

But, how do you know if you’re ready for the next stage? How do you know if—through changes big or small—you’ll still be happy?

Look for these five signs:

1. You Always Seek Out Meaningful Work

You spend 40+ hours a week at work, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably still checking email or thinking about that upcoming project during what’s supposed to be your time away. And you know that the secret to being OK with the weeks when it takes extra effort is to spend all that time and energy on something that matters to you.

To be sure, that means something different for everyone. Some people may think of classic definitions of working at a nonprofit, or in education, or healthcare. But it could also mean creating an app that’ll make people’s day-to-day lives easier (or more fun), or designing a green building. You might find personal meaning in a high-paying job that lets you climb out from under a pile of debt or one that gives you time to travel.

2. You’re a Problem Solver

Fact: Things don’t always go as planned. Projects will take more time or money than projected. There will be an unforeseen challenge or a hiccup that threatens to derail progress.

In these situations people commonly have one of two instincts: The first is to feel defeated and give up; the second is to roll up their sleeves and brainstorm a creative solution. While each approach can entail some stress, the second group of people are happier because they’re empowering themselves to do something active. You’re in that second group.

You’re not just an optimist, you believe in yourself enough to pitch solutions. So, you’re more often able to work toward a positive result, which, understandably, makes you happier.

3. You Know Your Strengths

What are three words your friends would use the describe you?

This is more than an interview question that once caught me completely off-guard. The answer’s really important in finding work that’ll make you happy.

That’s because most people like to feel useful, and often, we more capably handle situations that play to our strengths. For example: If you’re a people person, you’re more likely to enjoy a role that involves a high degree of interacting with others. On the flipside, if you are a talented researcher who prefers to be left to your work, odds are you’d be happier in a completely different role.

You know your strengths, and therefore you usually feel useful both in and out of the office.

4. You’re Always Looking to Grow

Of course, there’s a difference between focusing on something you excel at and enjoy, and doing the same thing every day just because it comes easily to you. You know that if you’re not growing your skills, you’ll end up bored.

So you always challenge yourself to learn more and add new skills to your repertoire. From volunteering to help on a project outside of what you normally do to taking an online class, you excel at looking for new opportunities to improve yourself.

5. You Know When to Move On

Sometimes, it’ll be really clear to you that it’s time to move on from a failing project you told your boss would pay off—or even from your job altogether.

Other times, you could argue it either way. However, you know if you’re being truly honest with yourself, continuing to pursue something that isn’t working doesn’t make sense. And you know that walking away from it is the best option, even if it’s a really hard one.

Rather than beat yourself up over it, you know how to analyze what went well and what didn’t go so well. And that means you know how to use those learnings in your next project or role to avoid the same pitfalls.

The last thing you need to be happy is a life outside of work. Even at the very best job, you’re going to have frustrating days. There will be times when you pour yourself into your work and the prospective client chooses another firm, or when someone else is chosen as team lead, or when you want to go home and think about anything else.

And in those times, it’s really important that work isn’t your whole universe. Whether you’re going home to family, meeting up with friends, relaxing with a hobby or sport, or focusing on a new endeavor—you want to have something to look forward to.

Of course, cultivating these relationships and interests takes time and effort. So, while you’re assessing what you can do to love your career, remember the other areas of your life, too. That’s the way to feel truly happy moving forward.

 

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This Is a Far Better (and Less Stressful) Way to Reach Your Big Goals

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Have you ever wondered how some people seem to accomplish their goals effortlessly?

Or, how some people seem to get promoted or recognized while you work nights and weekends without recognition?

Or even how some people make work look easy, while you feel like you can’t get on top of your email?

How do these magical people do it?

How do they seem to reach big goals while you stay stuck?

If you’ve struggled with these questions, you aren’t alone!

But fortunately, I have some good news: The solution to making your goals come true starts with athletes. No really—stick with me (even if you hate sports).

I found myself in an internet hole recently and came across quite a few articles on how athletes prepare for big events (here’s one if you’re curious, and here’s another.

Short of all of the lucky socks, stretching, moments of silence, it all boils down into one word: routine.

They all have a specific routine that gets them in the right physical, mental, emotional frames of mind to compete and keep moving forward. These people don’t have to worry about how to succeed, they just have to trust the routine and execute.

Why is that?

It’s hard to both plan to do something, and then actually do it. The simple act of planning takes brain power and discipline, which means you have less of both when it comes time to follow-through—making following through much harder.

If you take the planning out of the equation, all you have to do is rely on your routine to push you forward.

So, here’s a question for you: How is your own routine helping you move forward in your career?

Or maybe my question should be this: Is your routine helping you plan and achieve your career goals?

If your answer’s “Yes!”, well then you skip Go and collect $200. But if it’s more along the lines of, “Hm, my routine isn’t really helping me” then keep reading!

When I was a full-time consultant, I was miserable and ready to quit and do something—anything—else. I had a bunch of ideas and plans, but no real momentum, and I kept putting off things that I knew were important instead of buckling down. I wasn’t making the kind of progress that I wanted.

And then I changed my routine. The first thing I did was look at my goal: Launch my own business. The second thing I did was examine what kind of habits I’d need to build into my schedule to do that.

For example, I dedicated one night a week to writing all of my blogs and one night a week to networking for the blog. I didn’t worry about doing anything but what I had planned for those two nights—writing and networking. Done and done.

Having a plan and routine that I was following had the beneficial effect of also making me less afraid of the future.

I was taking action and that took away a lot of my fear.

With more confidence (and less fear) I expanded my routine even further.

Was it hard? Of course! It definitely took some effort on my mind.

But the effort was worth it, because my routine also made me less worried about reaching my big goals. Instead, all I had to do was follow it to make progress.

And all of that progress led me to quitting a job and starting a full-time business helping people with their careers (one that is not only fun, but even more lucrative than my fancy-pants consulting job).

So now, imagine where a new routine could lead you!

To begin, write down your goal. Anywhere you can see it and in any form. Then, write down the steps you’d have to take to make it happen. Finally, take a look at your calendar and ask yourself: What can you add, subtract, or change to start working through step one.

Maybe it’s adding a certain block of networking time each week. Maybe it’s setting aside one or two nights to work on your career learning and invest in your education. Maybe it’s attending one conference or outside meeting every other month. Maybe it’s getting more sleep, not checking your email first thing in the morning, or eating better so that you have more energy to devote to your career.

Maybe—and this was a lifesaver for me—it’s investing in dry shampoo to save time in the morning.

Once you make completing step one a part of your routine, it’ll be so much easier to check it off the list. And once that’s done, you can use that same allotted time to tackle step two, then three, and so on.

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