This week I want to share with you the storms of a career search. Many times we don’t get what we want when we want it. There are many career changers out there that go through storms before there are sunny skies. It’s worth it to do the work in order to move towards work you love.
If you feel that you know someone who needs help have them contact me at the Lukas Coaching Team.
Did you have a hard time picking a name for your baby? Maybe you already have names picked out for your unborn children. What about your savings account? College fund? Vacation fund? Behavioral finance experts have found that earmarking your savings for a specific goal can have a big impact on your savings rate. In a 2009 study done by Amar Cheema and Dilip Soman, they found that labeling a college fund with a childs name nearly doubled how much was saved compared to those without a name attached. Cheema recommends opening multiple accounts and giving them labels to help motivate you to reach your goals. So, what will you be naming your savings account?
Working with clients, reading many books, and simply living life, one thing is for sure about careers. In order to find a career that you love, you must “Network.” That means building relationships and asking for help. The term network, can instantly cause our minds to go blank and bring fear. Some clients say, “I don’t know anyone who could help me in my job search.” I feel confident they really do know people, but don’t utilize the relationships they have.
Do you remember the movie, “Cast Away?” This is the movie that Tom Hanks is stranded on a deserted island for years. Tom Hanks was truly alone and had to figure out how to survive. Many job seekers can relate to the feeling of being on a deserted island called the “Job Search”. People, who tend to find work they love, find it because of relationships. Sometimes people need to be reminded to connect with others, in order to find a career they love.
Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about people you may know to help land your next job or career.
Job Search Networks and Clubs
Community Leaders and Local Business Contacts
Friends & Family
Past & Present Coworkers, Classmates, and Teachers.
People that work within your target company
Authors for Newspapers, Magazines, and Blogs.
People in your church
I know there are many more ideas out there, but start with a few and get to connecting. Start “Networking” and you might be surprised how close you really are to finding work you love.
I have a big goal in 2010. By December I am going to have 10,000 downloads of our radio show. This morning I upped it to 15,000. This is pretty big considering it took us two years to get to the 1,000 mark.
The hardest part about goal setting for me is dreaming. I tell my clients this every day. The challenge isn’t creating a goal and then reaching it but rather creating goals that are possible, yet stretching.
A few years ago I planned out five year goals for Lukas Coaching. Eight months later, all of them were complete. Some great things happened, but my problem was that I didn’t push myself to dream out of my comfort zone.
So I’m always pushing my clients to dream big and not to tie all of their goals to revenue.
I spoke with someone recently who said he felt like he’s selling McDonald’s hamburgers in a Burger King parking lot.
Does your life feel like that? You might be doing the right things, but in the wrong place or at the wrong time?
You probably got there because you didn’t have a plan. We’re at the end of the year as I’m writing this and it’s a great time to put things in perspective regarding your future.
You’re in your current place now because the choices you’ve made put you there. There’s just no other way to put it. If you want to be somewhere else you have to not only begin making different choices, but also acting on them.
What will you chose to do differently this year to make your life better? Add to the discussion below.
As we head into a New Year that many people seem to be dreading, it seems to be a great time to talk about goals.
Michelangelo said “The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it.”
The common thing many Americans do is to plan their life around their work. This tends to lead to stress, marital and family issues and even depressing weekends, because Monday is just around the corner.
Why do we do this? Doesn’t is make much more sense to plan our work around our lives instead [...]