Create a Career Success Plan: Get Honest with Yourself
I’m fully willing to admit that for many years I was the guy who thought he didn’t need to plan. I thought my talent, my drive and a my sheer will to succeed were more than enough to get me to where I wanted to be in the TV business. And you know what? I was dead wrong and I ended up for a time, beached and stranded, financially, emotionally and professionally. That was before I learned how to create a career success plan.
But I was really lucky because a mentor of mine gave me a stern talk and he said, “Tim if you don’t start getting organized, writing down your goals and planning your path, you not only won’t succeed, you’ll be coming back to me in 10 years broke and depressed and I will only be able to say I told you so.” He said, “swallow your pride, suck it up and create a career success plan.” And never again did I not plan. And it’s been one of the best things I could’ve ever done.
Here’s an interesting little statistic: Did you know that for every minute spent planning, it accounts for 10 minutes saved of execution time. That’s a 1000% return on your time when you plan!
How to Create a Career Success Plan
The first step to create a career success plan is to create your vision. When you do, dream some big dreams. If you’re not thinking exponentially larger than where you currently are, you’re not gonna have much to plan for. So what is it that you REALLY want?
Next, you have to ask yourself 3 questions:
Question 1: What is the specific result you’re committed to achieving?
When you are clear about the specific result you want to achieve, you focus on it all the time and what you see begin to happen is your behavior changes instantly. When you know what you’re after, you’re automatically energized to go get it.
Question 2: Why do you want to do this?
It’s one thing to say, “I want to become a network TV host” It’s another thing to add a purpose to it by saying, “I want to become a network TV host BECAUSE I want to take care of my family, BECAUSE I want to make a difference in the world, BECAUSE I want to be an example for other people and BECAUSE I want to prove to all the haters that I can do it.”
You see when you add some purpose to your goals. It adds emotion to your meaning and it drives you with a deep fire inside. So ask yourself why you want this career so much?
Question 3: What is your Action Plan?
This is where you start to see your plan take shape. It’s your MAP to get there. What are the specific things that you need to do in order to achieve this dream?
In part 2 of Create a Career Success Plan…
In part of 2 of 7 steps to create a career success plan we’ll break down the MAP process and talk about 3 more crucial elements to making sure your plan sticks.
So your assignment is to answer the first 3 questions. Most importantly, what’s your action plan? Please comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to my TV Hosts blog!