6) Stay flexible and keep track of your progress
Remember that your priorities and objectives can change over time and that’s okay. Whether that may be due to changing competencies and skills employers are expecting for your dream role, or due to your own personal circumstances changing, sometimes things will take an unexpected turn, out with of your control. Stressing out and worrying about not keeping on track with your plan will only get you frustrated, and your drive will take a huge blow. Keep in mind that the road to success is never a straight line. It’s one filled with bumps, obstacles and diversions, so don’t let those bumps deter you from continuing down your path.
The best way to approach this is by reviewing your objectives from time to time, evaluating how far they are still achievable and realistic to your life at that given time, and if they’re not, then go ahead and tweak them accordingly to keep you on track.
Not only that, but it’s important to give yourself credit where credit is due and not be so hard on yourself. Recognise your wins and what you have achieved by that point, however small or major they are. This will help boost your confidence and re-instil your passion towards your end-goal.
Other than that, reflecting on your objectives every so often is also helpful to identify areas you’re falling behind on, to adjust your schedule accordingly and allocate time to work on and improve those areas. So, schedule a recurring monthly review of your path and stick to it, giving you therefore the opportunity for genuine self reflection.
As long as you approach your career planning with a realistic and positive mindset, anything you set your mind to is achievable. Stay motivated and enthusiastic, continuously reminding yourself of your end-goal and where you want to get to, giving yourself credit where credit is due.
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