It’s one thing to want a new job or career; it’s another thing to actively pursue it. If you don’t develop a plan with specific actions, deadlines, and accountability, what’s to keep you from getting distracted by your everyday concerns and obligations? You need leverage–both positive and negative–to move forward.
Executive coaches and headhunters can supply leverage and help you attain your goal, but there are steps you can take on your own, too. I’ve developed a Goal Development Worksheet that can be used for career changes and other goals as well. It will help you identify benefits and potential obstacles, plan specific actions to overcome those obstacles, and set and meet deadlines. The Goal Development Worksheet works, in part, because it encourages you to think beyond yourself. How might a new career or position benefit others (like your family and friends)? How might some of them help hold you accountable to the goal?
Activate your goal of a new job or career. Start applying leverage.