You are likely to face numerous obstacles for the most part of your career journey. Each step in your career path can introduce new expectations and challenges. Also, when we get so caught up in our day-to-day tasks, meeting deadlines, rushing through projects, and onto the next agenda, we easily get stressed or burnout.
What’s more, when we attempt to pursue big career goals our resolve begins to wane.
That is why, reflecting on what we enjoy doing, reconnecting to our career values, and visualizing our career success is essential. This is not only for our long-term career happiness and satisfaction but also for our mental and emotional well-being toward our career goals.
Self-questions are a form of reflection about your character, actions, and motivations. It's also about pausing and looking deep inside your life, behaviour, and beliefs. This is what triathlete Craig (Crowie) Alexander once spoke about at a conference in Sydney, Australia.
He emphasised how spending time for self-reflection affected his confidence and performance. Together with his team, they would study the previous races to discover what went well and what could improve on the next race. They scrutinised every detail. From the shape of his helmet to the timing of his salt tablet consumption. Including his emotional state throughout the race.
During his practice, he followed the same procedure. He took seconds off his racing time by pausing to reflect on every detail of his performances. Which was the frequent difference between winning — or not winning.
You're probably thinking, “Of course, he did! That is his responsibility.”
But, what if he continued to the next race without considering what he could have done? Sounds absurd, doesn't it?
You can consider self-questions about your goals as recharging yourself with motivation to learn. You get new strategies to overcome career challenges in your career journey. Strategies that will also aid in your career success.
Losing motivation is normal to happen when pursuing career goals. But, if your goals or tasks at work seem to doesn’t make sense anymore for you, consider answering these three things.
photo: Brooke Cagle
Question #1: What Are The Things You Like Doing
As Steve Jobs once said “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Being happy and enjoying what you do boosts your productivity and performance. You become more confident about your career goals, motivated, quick to learn, make fewer errors, and make better career decisions. But while completing tedious tasks, changing into a positive mindset can be difficult.
To change your thinking about why you don’t like the things you do at work, it is needed to change your behaviour. Among the actions that you can do are:
Find meaning in your efforts.
Try to live your organization's vision.
Collaborate with your colleagues.
Foster positive change to move your organisation closer to success.
You will then develop a stronger connection and mindset to your work. You will be able to adapt and overcome career challenges. Thus, your work becomes more enjoyable and manageable on the path to career success.
Question #2: What Are Your Career Values
We always look for a variety of things in our career journey, which varies between people. Some seek prestige, while others look for flexibility and independence. Among our desires may be a high income and the opportunity to meet or interact with new people. More importantly, advancement within a career path is a significant factor in our career decisions.
One method for finding your career values is to look at a list of examples and rate how important each item is to you. Next, on a scale of one to ten, rate the list. Then choose six or ten of your most-rated career values that should have the most score. Additionally, you can classify the list with “I highly value”, “Nice to have”, and “Not Important”.
Also, like how smiling manifests that you are happy, the same concept happens with your job satisfaction. When your level of work performance is being driven by your career values, you will become more content with what you do, motivated. Then, as you perform well, your boss's evaluation of you will lean on a positive note.
As a result, you will have a higher chance of taking the opportunity of career advancement. It can also leave a good record in your company that you can use in your future career moves. Thus taking you closer to your career goals.
Question #3: What Does Success Look Like For You
In five years, where do you see yourself? What do you envision your future career to be like? How much salary are you expecting to earn? These are among the other important questions that help define what you consider as a success for your career goals.
How would you respond if you were asked if have you figured out everything yet?
Surely, you will start to imagine the scenarios that come into your head. You visualise the specific situation in great detail, using all your senses. Many people find it helpful to close their eyes, while others prefer to write it all down rather than doing it in their heads.
This is why visualising success in your career goals help you gain more clarity. By imagining, you are able to do several significant things:
You are teaching your brain to recognise what resources you will need to help you achieve your goals.
You are instilling an inner motivation to strive in moving forward.
You promote positive thinking that will help you to stay on track and help overcome career challenges.
It works because of the wiring of our brains — the neurons that interpret images as real life.
For instance, when we imagine ourselves picking up a pen, our brain sends an impulse to the neurons instructing them to perform the movement. This then establishes a new neural pathway instructing our bodies to behave in the manner we have imagined.
Thus, when you visualise your career success, you are creating pathways and memories for how to perform important actions. The more times you imagine, the more adept you become at perfecting the mental and physical aspects of achieving your goals.
It's time to start answering these questions because this is where your future begins. When you get more clarity on the things you like doing, your career values, and your career success you will have a quality journey. It will be much easier to determine whether you are moving to the right place. You will also find it much easier to make career decisions that will have a huge impact on your overall success.
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