Who’s agenda are you working on?

If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
~Laurence J. Peter

Today I read an interesting post from Seth Godin.  Seth comments that we often spend time working towards others agendas, perhaps because we don’t have our own.  Further, by not creating our own agenda, we give up control over our lives and careers.

Seth’s comments reminded me of an interesting presentation I saw last week.  During the presentation, the speaker asked how many of the audience had a written career plan.  Very few hands went up.  He then commented that by not creating a plan we were leaving our careers to chance, and few of us will be lucky enough to be successful. He further clarified that having a plan in your head was not good enough.  His suggestion was to create a written plan with as much detail as possible and share it with others.  Then look for gaps between where we are now and what we need to complete our career plan and create goals to fill those gaps.  Write those down, too.  Then start working toward those goals.

The bottom line is if you don’t have an agenda of your own you are working toward someone else’s.  If you want to have more control over your life, you need to set a direction and move toward it.  You need to create your own written agenda.

Call to action: 

Take two or three hours and create your own career plan.  Write a few paragraphs about what your believe your dream job would be like.  Do a little research and find what you will need to be successful.  Finally, look for gaps and create time-based plans to fill those gaps.  Is there education you will need?  Are there skills you need to learn?  Are there relationships you need to create or revitalize?

Don’t worry about making your plan perfect.  You will need to modify it as you learn more about yourself and your agenda.  The important thing is to purposely create a written plan and take action toward making it reality.  Even a small accomplishments put you closer to success!

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