How To Make Your Career Really Rock This Year
By Donovan Grant
If you are serious about having a happy and successful career, RESEARCH YOURSELF.
Take note of what you do online, be aware of how you talk and in particular listen to what you say about life. Awareness, focus and distinction is a successful career plan.
Too many people in career transition have been blinded by motto of ‘have a great CV (resumé), interview skills, research the company and more. Before you realise it, you get caught up with all the external cosmetic stuff and you forget about what’s on the inside.
Who you are? What are you about? What do you want to do next?
As a speaker, coach and copywriter I've been privileged to work with some great people as they have struggled through career transition. The most essential clue I can pass onto you is this- get to know yourself. Raise your awareness.
Focus on what makes you distinctive more than you focus about your colleague’s success, your lack of job prospects and how well written your CV is. It’s amazing, when you do this, your career vision will become clear, your life will have greater purpose, your quality of work will increase and you will have fun and success in your career transition.
From my heart.
Are you in career transition? What is the biggest challenge for you? Have you got a secret tip that you can share with our readers? Share your ideas in the comments below. We love to hear from you.
Donovan Grant is a career transition & high performance coach, seminar leader and blogger. He brings a unique perspective to help clients who are stuck in career & life to make better decisions and get back in control. He is a committed leader who believes that we get more growth, satisfaction and happiness when we are using our strengths and doing what we love. www.donovangrant.com/contact-donovan
Career and Life Success: A Top Tip To Achieve Your Goals This Time
By Donovan Grant
‘Little’ can be such an emotional word. It’s a form of measure that sometimes can be used positively or negatively. But ‘little’ can also be an early sign of success.
The little things in life do make a difference.
When we start a new year there is often fresh hope… things will be better this time… I’m ready for the promotion… This is the year I’m going to be more influential… I’m going to the gym every lunchtime from now on!
You probably have one of these goals on your list. We all desire to turn that little hope into a great dream. And we can do it!
But hold on!
Have you taken time to reflect your personal development and growth over the past year?
Before you put last year behind you, grab a pen and your favourite notebook ponder on these questions (take 5 – 10 minutes and really do this).
What did you produce last year that went really well?
What did you produce last year that only had a little success?
What did you learn about yourself last year?
This may sound a little controversial and I’m going to say it anyway… sometimes you can be too hard on yourself. When your lens is focused on external results rather than internal, it is easy to sell yourself short and say “I had a bad year!”
Your natural tendency like all humans is to be more, do more and have more goodness in your life. And maybe because you can’t see the physical evidence of your little successes, you quit a project too soon rather than persevering. Then maybe you start again and pin your hopes on another new idea that seems like it will be a real winner!
It’s time to reflect on your internal success.
In what ways have YOU developed and grown over the past 12 months?
Maybe you learned new skills, are reading more regularly, eating and feeling healthier, exercising more, spending more quality time with family and friends.
Isn’t it funny that many of us see our internal success as little success? In reality our personal development and growth is as big as it gets.
Keep nurturing your hopes and stay focused and committed to your dreams. The best is yet to come.
It’s over to you now:
So take some time to reflect on all your great personal growth and success that you’ve had this past year. As Stephen Covey said “internal success precedes external success!”
It's a new year! #BEGREAT
What's your thoughts? Is internal success important for you? What is one little thing that you need to nurture towards greater results? Share your ideas in the comments below. We love to hear from you.
Donovan Grant is a people development expert, seminar leader and blogger who brings his blend of coaching, training and over 20 years in IT to inspire clients whose careers are stuck and need a push to get back on track or make the career change happen. He is a committed leader who believes that we get more growth, satisfaction and happiness when we are using our strengths and doing what we love.
Career planning for people who still don’t know the colour of their parachute
By Donovan Grant
Something that has become more and more noticeable over the years is how people’s careers are not really influenced by their plans.
You may have a direction for your career, but not be enough focus to enable it to become a must have. So in a sense your career dreams become more of a path, or a flow, rather than a detailed plan that outlines every step to my destination.
Flowing could of course lead you to be working in a job that you don’t enjoy for a long time. But we all know that having a rigid career plan is not for everybody, some people are okay just to go with the flow.
So what happens when that voice that says “I need a change” comes calling?
Many thoughts and questions come to mind:
Do you want more money? If so, why do you want more money?
Do you want more security? If so, why do you want more security?
Do you want more interest?
Ultimately the magic question is why the need for change?
The reason behind the change is worth pausing to consider.
Rather than pushing yourself harder, maybe you just need to go easy on yourself.
Life has its own way to prod us when it is time to grow. We don’t have to force anything.
This may go against the common career thinking that you’ve heard. But then again, many people still find themselves stressed, unhappy or stuck in careers that are shaped on common thinking.
Fact: You can get more money and success chasing your career plans. And to paraphrase the Beatle’s song “money and success can’t buy you love and happiness.”
The best career plan I have found is to be flexible and investigate what fascinates and excites me. I follow the seeds of fun, interest and curiosity that get me thinking “I wonder if . . .” Then I get to work exploring the idea and testing to see if it will fit in with the direction that I’m travelling.
Do you ever find yourself wondering about your career direction?
What do you do when a new idea comes along? Do you follow the idea, save it for later or just shut it down and say that “it’s not possible for me.”
If you’re anything like me you’ll agree that new ideas only come to us because we are seeking them. We’ve grown to a certain point in life and work and now it’s time for us to move up to the next level.
Do you have an idea that is making you curious at the moment?
My best advice is to follow it. Take a step towards it and see if you get drawn towards it. The key thing is to take some action.
If you imagine a ball that rests on a hill, the ball will not move until someone or something gets it in motion. Then every turn the ball makes, it will pick up momentum until it is running freely.
The same is the case for your career ideas that come your way. It may not start out big or strong but it has that subtle difference that gets you wondering “what if . . .”
Everybody worries about whether or not they are on the right path or doing things the right way. From today, it’s your time to choose a smarter way to think about your career.
Instead of worrying, take a listen to you ‘internal guidance system’ for the gentle hints you receive. You’re not broken and you don’t need to fix anything.
You just need to be open to the possibilities that you are creating in your life.
So how do you shape your career without a concrete plan?
When you sense new thoughts about your career that you want to follow, feel free to do so. Give yourself the permission to trust your thoughts and allow your inner wisdom guide you. Take it one step at a time.
It won’t be easy when you’re first starting out, but you’ll get better at it.
Let’s embrace the change that we want in career and life!
From my heart to yours
What do you think? Have you used concrete career plans? What results did you see? How do you shape your career now? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Donovan Grant is a people development expert, seminar leader and writer who brings his wisdom as an IT professional for over 20 years to coaching clients from the stages of career struggle through to career freedom. He is a committed leader who believes that we get more growth, satisfaction and happiness at work when we are doing what we love.
Better Your Best: What's Stopping You?
By Donovan Grant
Are you holding yourself back from being your best? This is something that could kill you spiritually every day and every moment by creeping up on you like a thief in the night. The funny thing is that these are obstacles and stumbling blocks that You yourself put up!
What! How can this be?
It’s the doubtful, critical voice that lives inside all of us. Some call it a gremlin, a saboteur and some call it resistance. Whatever you call it, it has the potential to stop you from growing, make you resistant to change or just plainly make you quit from doing what you are really born to do and having life balance.
“I can’t do that so I might as well not try!”
“I’ve never tried that before.”
“Be careful, they may see that you’re that good.”
These are typical statements that we all say from time to time. Sadly for some of us, these phrases get repeated over and over until we become stopped. We get so worn down that "seeds of doubt" become a “big old tree” and we just give up on our dream, our goal and our life balance. This is a painful thing yet, this happens to people every day.
Why is it so hard to deal with the voice inside you that discourages you from taking positive steps in your life? The answer is easy, because it’s your own voice.
We have been conditioned as we grew up in a harsh society so that everything you do, say, or even think, is a description of how much worth you have as an individual. Well intentioned parents, teachers, peers, environments, etc; it has all had an impact from the minute that you had an impressionable mind. For example, some children have been taught that if they didn't become doctors, lawyers, or rich and famous, that we were worthless and don't deserve to be happy in life. Society can be tough on us when we want a better life balance!
A few years ago, I was having some challenges in my work as a public speaker and I couldn't resolve it. Every once in a while I just froze on stage half-way through a speech! I'd carry on talking but, I couldn't use the full floor space or use my body language to give the audience a better experience.
My coach, Caitilin and I worked on this problem in a session and she advised "you are getting in your own way." When Caitilin dug a bit deeper we got to the core of the problem. It seemed that I was more concerned about looking and sounding great rather than the quality of service I was giving the audience. This was big! In truth I didn't realise that I was doing this.
After engaging in some more serious exploration with my coach, my action point was to write a poem for myself. It’s provided below for your enjoyment.
What can you do if resistance is holding you back from life balance?
Self exploration is the answer that worked for me. There is no right or wrong way to "do" self exploration. The important thing is that we do it. Some ideas that you could try involve writing for yourself:
1. Write yourself a letter, a poem or a story. – This is a great way to express your feelings on paper. Writing for yourself has been proven to be therapeutic for a long time
2. Start writing a daily journal – Journal writing allows you a safe place to explore new ideas, clarify values & beliefs, and practice your own truth
3. Hire a coach or mentor to help work through your challenge
The one and only you
By Donovan Grant
If not for you, I could never have achieved so much
your strength, your timing and your golden touch
Thank you for being there my dear old friend
I know that you'll always be with me until the end.
You get me excited when I face something new
And you tickle my nerve when I have big things to do
Only you could have shown me all those stop signs
Halting me in my tracks instead moving me along the line.
My friend please keep on helping me and I salute you
Because I have got so much great work and living to do
As we go forth do not be alarmed if I don't heed to your every call
Thanks to you, I now have the key to get past the brick wall.
So, what do you do when resistance comes calling?
Don’t let the gremlin get the upper hand, get control quickly, regain your sense of humour and get back to being your best!
Your dreams are important to me! Let's keep moving forward!
P.S. Just for the record, I personally have been held hostage by resistance many times in my career.. and interestingly when I made the commitment to free myself up, the biggest advances happened! I can't wait to hear from you! Let's do this!
Father of three wonderful children, coach, mentor, copy-writer, speaker and IT Professional are just some of the roles that Donovan Grant enjoys everyday. He is a passionate and committed person who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Donovan has been a catalyst for many to live a life of balance, integrity and fun whether at work or at play. www.donovangrant.com
You Only Get One DNA – Protect It!
By Donovan Grant
“A winner is someone who recognizes their God-given talents, works their tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish their goals.” ~ Larry Bird
I invite you to answer these questions after watching the video . . . 1. What is the one thing that people ask you to help them with time and time again? 2. How could it improve your life if you were to really master that skill? 3. What one thing could you do during next seven days to improve that skill? The Poem ~ One and Only You Every single blade of grass and every flake of snow is just a wee bit different there’s no two alike you know. From something small like grains of sand to each gigantic star all were made with this in mind to be just what they are how foolish then to imitate how useless to pretend since each of us comes from a mind who’s ideas never end there’ll only be just one of me to show what i can do and you should likewise feel very proud there’s only one of you That is where it all starts, with you….. a wonderful unlimited human being. By James T. Moore I believe in you and I believe in your dreams. Donovan Grant
Coach, mentor, writer, speaker and IT Professional are just a few of the roles that Donovan Grant does every day. He is a passionate and committed person who believes that we all have a story that can help to change someone else’s life.
He is dedicated to empowering over-stretched people to go beyond work-life balance with strategies and tools for creating extra-ordinary lifestyles.