Where Am I Going and How Do I Get There?

Advances in our career will happen in one of two ways: by default or by design


Get plenty of rest, learn to allow yourself downtime to decompress whether it be doing something you love or just nothing at all. Prioritize; get the most difficult projects, or those with the closest deadlines completed first so you will feel a great sense of accomplishment. The remaining tasks will seem like a piece of cake by comparison.

 

Manage your assets; time, money, resources, people.

We often overlook others who can assist or to whom we can delegate responsibilities. How you allocate your time, and time management can work for or against you. Others will control your time if you allow them to do so. Be polite but open and honest with people who are time wasters. If money management is an issue, seek advisors who can offer advice or direction. Maximize your available tools and resources for efficiency. Often the simple answers are right in front of our eyes and all we need to do to see them is focus.

 

Set goals that you can achieve.

Lofty goals are admirable, but if you cannot ever reach them and have cause to celebrate, you may be sabotaging yourself. Write down your goals. Tell others what they are. When taking these actions, you are affirming your continued commitment to the goal. Keep the goal in your vision, obtain an image or picture if it is something you want. Focus your thoughts on your goal when you are in the shower in the morning or driving to work so it will be in your consciousness for the day. Take one action step at a time. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, you don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

These elements will evolve into an action plan. Think of the action plan as being the vehicle that you drive to the road you have chosen to go down. Just as you may change the car you drive over your lifetime, you can change the action plan; it is not etched in stone. The action plan should identify and include action steps necessary to move in the direction of your long-term goal. Should your long-term goal change, revise the action plan to take you to the new destination.

Keep your employer apprised of your career advancement desires. Most will applaud your motivation and initiative toward pursuing your goal. If you can position yourself as an effective communicator, an astute asset manager, a realistic goal setter, and someone who can build relationships and stay the course, one morning you will wake up and realize your career is exactly where you dreamed it would be. AMT


DeborahAnn Cavalcante leads Diversified Aviation Consulting (DAC) and along with her associates has firsthand experience in air carrier operations, private charter aircraft, general aviation operations, military/civilian interface, FBO management, maintenance repair station training, safety training, human factors training, and customer service training. For more information on DAC visit http://www.dac.aero.

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