Time is funny. We all have 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. Yet most of us complain about how little time we have and how there are too few hours in a day. This year is a Leap Year so we all have an extra day. This is also the start of a new year and many make resolutions, so this year I will make a resolution about time, and my extra day. I resolve to remember I have an extra day and use it to reflect on (and correct) the trajectory of my year. In fact, I will officially declare it as Extra Day - a day to limit work, take a breath and reflect on the direction the year is taking. I’ll do it on February 29th since that is where the calendar places our extra day. But, to do that, I’ll need a plan.
There are a ton of survivor-style television shows out. You know, where one or several people get dropped in a location they do not know without anything (or next to nothing). They have to “make it” for some amount of time or form a tribe and work through the tribe interactions. When you get a new job, the experience can be very similar. You take the job, get a set of stuff and are expected to survive and thrive. Both follow Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Needs. Maslow stayed really busy creating a lot of theories about humans, and most are patterns that I use to understand what I need to give and get from a job.
Early in my career I didn’t think about having a career strategy, much less a life strategy. I reacted to events and let them guide my career and my life. Even with that, I knew I was heading towards something. I had a vague notion of the ideal future and each step I took, I considered that ideal state, or at least at some point before or after a step. Creating and updating a strategy would have made things SO much easier.
What’s holding you back from applying for a job? Making an investment? Sharing a new idea with someone? Taking a night class for a certification? Moving to a new city? Starting (or finishing) a degree program? Starting a blog? Getting your company active on social media? Learning a foreign language? Starting an exercise goal? Starting a new lifestyle or meal regiment?