Whether you’re looking to create an entirely new career or just have a more positive perspective on your current job, there are certain strategies that can have a dramatic impact.
Here are three great strategies for jump-starting your future:
Paint a picture of the life you want
Most people move along in life choosing a career path based on childhood experiences, education or family desires. While it’s fine to consider the experience and credentials you currently have in your inventory, don’t be limited by them. Create a picture of what you want your life to look like, then ask yourself what sort of career would contribute to that future unfolding.
Borrow some brain power
It’s easy to get stuck in habitual ways of thinking, particularly when you’re dissatisfied in your current job or career. This is when it’s very helpful to be open to the contributions of others. Share your vision of your life with others, and invite them to brainstorm with you regarding possibilities for new opportunities. People will put you on to resources, ideas, contacts, and even entire careers you never would have thought of on your own. You don’t have to do this by yourself — the most successful people in this world are skilled at tapping into the resources of others.
Practice new ways of being
You might need to step into a bigger pair of shoes. To create a new job, or a new career, you will have to learn to be strong when faced with challenges. One way to do this is to emulate someone successful you admire, and when times get tough, ask yourself, what would my hero do? Then be like them. In time, you’ll be who you want to be.
The biggest difference between those who merely dream, and those who succeed in realizing their dreams, is the ability to think and act in new ways.