What do getting in shape and finding your dream job have in common?
Achieving either of these life goals takes focus, a positive attitude, and all of the help and resources you can get!
“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
We all know that you will not achieve your health and fitness goals while sitting on the couch eating junk food. It is also highly unlikely that someone will knock on your door to present you with an offer for a high-paying job. I used to think that some people were “naturally” slender and fit, regardless of their lifestyle habits. Upon closer observation, I recognized that the majority of these people have smart eating habits, exercise regularly and keep a positive outlook when it comes to life and their own health.
If you decided to make a goal to lose 10 pounds, run a 5k or just feel healthier overall, where would you start? You might do some online research, tell your friends, family and co-workers about your goal, join a kettlebell class or yoga studio, enlist a trainer, and so on. You would probably not expect to wake up one morning magically thinner and fitter without putting in the work first. These steps take time, resources, disciplined effort and in many cases money, however once you have achieved your goal and are looking and feeling great, it is highly unlikely you will look back and say “I wish I hadn’t done all of that.”
Your dream job is not hiding in your closet.
As with fitness or weight loss, in order to make a career change you have to start by setting a tangible goal – whether that is to find your passion, earn more money or land your dream job. Have you always wanted to work with animals, have your own business, learn valuable skills from a mentor you respect, earn six figures, work outdoors, travel the world, etc.? Everyone’s goals and preferences are different, however have one thing in common: They are GOALS, not guarantees.
Reaching your Career Goals:
1) Have a Positive Attitude.
As a Recruiter and Career Coach, I have turned away clients who come to me with a persistent negative attitude. Thoughts become things, and if your thoughts are negative, your goals will remain out of reach. “I am underqualified/too old/it is too late/there are no good jobs out there/I won’t be able to pay my bills” are all common excuses that I hear from job seekers. You will have a tough time getting people to buy what you are selling if they sense this negative attitude. Employers want to hire flexible, positive professionals for their team.
2) Treat your Career like a top priority.
In reaching fitness goals, it becomes clear that consistency is key. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, avoid unhealthy habits such as drinking and smoking, enlist the help of experts as needed and awesome results will follow.
Why don’t most people treat their careers the same way?
Many people feel that work is a chore, and to be avoided at all costs. How many of employees go to an office every day, only to spend most of their time chatting with co-workers, emailing friends, playing around on Social Media, etc.? Well, this is a great way to distract yourself while doing absolutely nothing to improve your situation.
A better option is to let go of this negative mindset, and make your Career and personal happiness a top priority. Instead of finding ways to avoid work, or making excuses as to why you hate your job “My boss is a jerk, the commute is too long, I am underpaid, etc.”, use that energy to find your passion and move in the direction of your dreams.
3) Enlist Help.
Once you have chosen a positive mindset when it comes to your Career, and consciously decided to improve your situation, it is time to enlist help. Tell your friends, family and partner that you have set a goal. Whether it is to Earn More Money, Secure Your Dream Job or Start Your Own Business, putting your dreams into words is the first step towards success.
Just as you wouldn’t train for a marathon without researching online training plans or joining a running group, you shouldn’t embark on your journey towards a new and better career alone. You will need to determine what steps you need to take to reach this goal, how long this might take, where to apply, research/update your Social Media, how to stand out from the crowd of other job-seekers, whether you will need additional education, etc. It is natural to feel overwhelmed, and many people run a few Google searches and get discouraged when their dream job doesn’t jump out at them. Don’t give up!
There are professionals who are here to help, and want nothing more than for you to find your passion, earn more money and achieve your goals. People rarely look back and say “I wish I hadn’t gone for that run, or eaten that healthy meal.” Positive steps achieve positive outcomes. Similarly, it is highly unlikely that you will think “I wish I hadn’t gotten my resume updated by a professional,” or “I should have just stayed in my boring, underpaid job.” Once you have reached your goals, any minor expense or output of effort will be well worth it!