Many pros find themselves in the middle of their careers trying to navigate changes and challenges, says Peter Diamond, a career coach anddevelopment expert. In some cases, their careers aren’t turning out as planned or they’re finding their roles evolving in unexpected or unwelcome ways.
Diamond says keeping up means taking these four conscious steps to amplify your career:
1. Interrogate your life. Take stock of where you’re at in your life and how you got here. What milestones have you reached? What were your low points? Use the answers to these questions to look for themes and ways to replicate success. Seeing where you are in all aspects of your life can help highlight what’s missing.
2. Formulate a plan. Establish short-, medium- and long-term goals based on your self-interrogation. Create a vision that will help you move toward those goals by identifying the values you want to live by and the effect you want to have on other people.
3. Identify obstacles. As you look at the path that brought you to where you are and compare it to where you want to be, do you have any self-doubts you need to address? You need to put those doubts aside.
4. Adopt the change you desire. “Start looking at small wins, and over time they roll into each other,” Diamond says. For example, if you’re thinking about continuing your education, consider taking one class instead of aiming for a whole degree.
This process should be ongoing, and Diamond recommends going through the four steps once a year.