When you think about your career plan there are two main elements to consider. The first is how to maximize where you are now. The second is exploring and planning for your next career steps. Both elements are important for a successful career. For today, I want to focus just on the first part, making the most of your current work situation.
This first step, maximizing where you are now, acknowledges that whatever your current circumstances may be, there are positive aspects and even opportunities available to you there. Even if your current work situation is less than ideal, there are likely a few aspects that are positive even if you have to look to find them. Look closely and see if you can find them!
Coaching Action: I would like you to do a little experiment with me…. Take stock of your present work situation. Take a sheet of paper and write a list of the things you like, enjoy, appreciate, and value about your current job or business circumstances. Aim for at least ten things on this list; 30 to 50 or more on your list is even better. Drill down to the details if necessary to make this a big list. You can list task-related items, or positive aspects in the overall environment.
Here are some examples: no-cost parking, the project your worked on two months ago that you enjoyed, a safe environment, convenient places to eat lunch, one or two specific colleagues that you enjoy, a regular paycheck, a few specific customers or clients that you find interesting, being able to work indoors rather than outside in all kinds of weather, using some of your background or experience in your work, etc. You get the idea…look for all kinds of specific positive aspects of your work.
Put this list in a place where you can see it and read it every day, to help you keep your energy and attention focused on the positive aspects of your current work situation. Add more items to the list when they pop into your mind. Keep this positive focus for at least the next two weeks or longer and see what you notice. I would love for you to write a comment here about your experience with this little experiment.