How to turn your career around

How to turn your career around

We've all had those days when the alarm goes off a little too early on Monday morning and we find ourselves dreading the week to come. When that feeling becomes the norm, something has to give. As the great business philosopher Jim Rohn said, "For things to change, you have to change. For things to get better, you have to get better." You don't have to go to Prince or Miley Cyrus lengths to reinvent yourself, though. Here are a few steps you can take to get back to getting ahead. 

Figure out what you want

It's easy to identify the things in your life that you're not happy with, but far harder to craft a vision for your future that you actually would enjoy. Once you have that vision for where you want your career - and, by extension, your life - to go, you're less likely to feel frustrated with the result.

It may help if you create a dream board or journal about what you want your life to look like. What car would you like to drive? Where would you like to live? What would you most like to do with your day? Don't get bogged down in whether those dreams are achievable yet - the details will work themselves out later.

Make a plan

Don't let yourself get overwhelmed by the big picture. If you break your vision down into smaller incremental chunks, you'll be able to celebrate the little wins along the way. You might start small by getting a new outfit or changing your hairstyle, and then work up to more challenging tasks as your confidence grows.

Where do you want your career to be in a year? In five years? Or ten? What will it take to get you there? You don't need all the answers just yet, but have a rough idea of what it will take to achieve your dream career so you can start making progress.

Learn from the best

It's been said that you're the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Take a moment to list the people in your life and evaluate, honestly, whether they're helping or hindering your progress. 

Slowly start to reprioritise your time to increase the amount of time you're around positive, helpful people. That's not to say you cut your current friends and family out of your life - just limit the amount of influence you allow negative people to have on you. You might find that your new positive outlook helps to enlighten them in the process.

Find a mentor who can offer objective advice for your situation. Have a coffee or play a game of golf with someone in your company who you admire.

Commit and go for it

Three frogs are sitting on a log and one decides to jump. How many are left? The answer, surprisingly, is three.

The difference between your plan and reality is action to make it happen. If you wait until your plan is perfect, you'll never get going. Just make incremental steps towards your ideal career and adjust the plan as you go.

Speaking of reinvention, have you noticed our own new look?  We'll be rolling out different aspects of our plan in the coming months, so stay tuned to get to know the new Macquarie. Find out more and let us know what you think.

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