When it comes to your career the first step in getting what you want is to know what you want. It may seem like just realizing it’s time for a change is all you need. Wrong. Your career can magically take shape only if you are absolutely clear on all points. You get what you ask for even if you are not sure what that is. If your career has been smooth sailing maybe you were in the right place at the right time. If you seem to struggle against the tide, then it may be time to rethink your priorities and put out only that which you want to take in.
Getting clear doesn’t mean that you know you need a change. Getting clear means you know exactly what you are looking for when it comes to making a move. Like looking for a house, a spouse or a car, the specific details you provide helps you to materialize what you want in a way no one else can predict. There is a reason why certain job offers come effortlessly and others seem to disappear as fast they show up. You may wrack your brain over the job that eludes you or maybe you are smarter at the process than you give yourself credit?
Just because the job you want suddenly no longer wants you seems a sure sign that something in YOU has shifted. Getting clear on knowing what that that is means you are eliminating what you don’t want and making room for something new. If you are really honest with yourself you will know exactly what feels right even though you may think you want a particular job. Here is an idea from a very successful business professional who has manifested exactly the career she’s wanted by following her simple list of “asks”:
- Bigger: The role I want needs to include a global component. Something that stretches me to learn a new language, deal with new cultures and travel the world. I want to be able to have an international component and learn my skills in a new way affecting a larger scope of responsibility in a diverse and fascinating work environment.
- Better: I want better professional connections with people and to work within innovative and inspiring teams. I want to create long-lasting relationships that extend beyond the workplace- I want to be part of a “work family.” I want to better utilize my talents in helping others and to work collaboratively, creatively and consciously towards my career goals.
- More: I want a role where my contributions are rewarded handsomely. I want more money, more equity, more responsibility and more long-term rewards that help me to pay off my mortgage, my credit debt and to help save more for the future for long term financial stability and success.
When you truly know what you want and are very specific about your intentions, doors will open up for you to allow only those opportunities that will align with your goals. You may not believe that it can work that way, but there is no harm in trying it out and spending some quiet time making your “Bigger, Better, More” list of asks and wants. If you don’t know what you want, why do you think anyone else will? You can continue to throw caution to the wind and accept any job offer that seems to come along or seems right for the moment. Or you can really spend time perfecting your career recipe and know what you really want so you can say “Yes” when it does finally come along!
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