With the start of the New Year it’s always important to look back but sometimes it’s just as important to look forward. How will you create your own success story for 2014? The first step of course is to have a plan or goal, but it all sounds rather dry doesn’t it? Let’s mix things up like a bottle of champagne and get your creative juices flowing by looking at the process a bit differently shall we? Instead, let’s pretend you’re writing your own autobiography…
“I did it my way” (thanks Frank Sinatra!)
“The greatest story never told”
“Move over… movers and shakers”
“All in a life’s work”
“The best is yet to come…”
These are just a few ideas I came up with. What did you think of? Is it inspiring? Does it represent what you want for the year ahead?
What’s the theme?
It’s important not to think about what others want for you or what didn’t work in the past, instead focus on how you’ll be the hero or heroine of your own story. Is your goal to conquer an adversary or challenge? Improve your skills? Become better at your job? Start your own job finding group? Find a mentor? or make a difference in the life of another? Have some fun with it!
What’s the plot?
In other words how do you want the narrative to unfold? List all the tasks or deeds (you’re the hero after all!) that you’ll need to do to accomplish your goals. Give yourself a realistic timeframe and allow for the unplanned. All good stories have a few twists and turns…think about it, if a novel read like a grocery list would you be interested in the outcome?
Do you want to be in charge of your own destiny or wait for others to make decisions you wish you’d made but felt you never could? Now’s your chance to write your life story and have it read the way you envision it!
Elaine Logie is a writer for MCACESBlogs and student of the Career Consultant Certificate Program. Like what you read? Be sure to follow our blog, aimed at helping job seekers and peers navigate the world of work! Happy new year, happy blogging!