Your career is a lot like fitness. Look at these 3 ways fitness can boost your career:
What are your goals? When you hire a personal trainer, you tell him/her your goals. It’s up to them to create a program for you to achieve your goals. Your career is the same. What do you want to accomplish? Once you establish your “career target”, you can start drafting a game plan of how to achieve it. Without an end goal in mind, how do even know if you’re going in the right direction?
There are no “quick fixes.” Diets don’t work. A lifestyle change does. When it comes to your career, let’s use networking as an example. If you treat connecting with people like a “diet,” you won’t get the results you desire. Instead look at it as part of your career, period. Meet and follow-up with people weekly for the rest of your life. Even though your “job” may change, your career is a lifelong investment. Treat it that way.
Self motivation & discipline. You can join a gym, but what good is it if you don’t workout there consistently? Actions speak louder than words. You can gather all the greatest knowledge in the world, but if you don’t apply it, it’s worthless. At the end of the day, it’s up to you. No matter who you hire, what you delegate/crowd source or whom you have access to, your career growth is your responsibility. What daily habits can you implement to become more successful in your career?
I love going to the gym. It’s had a huge impact on my career. Working out helps me visualize my goals, reminds me it takes time to develop and the feeling I get from achievement keeps me coming back for more. Try looking at your career in a new way. How can you become more “fit” in your career?