Beliefs & No Vision: Finally, a lack of a personal vision, goals or plan and the personal belief and confidence that you have a unique role to play in the market creates behaviors where you settle, or put up with negative circumstances. You don’t take the steps to identify your unique professional assets and act accordingly.
Which isn’t to say that all accidental career moves are bad. Perhaps you have a strong network and skills and keep getting approached for new jobs. Perhaps you’ve benefited from serendipity where an unplanned opportunity changed your life for the good.
In general, though, it is better to be more strategic about this than leave it to change. The good news is that you can do something about it from today going forward.
- Take a quick look backward. To what extent have your career moves been accidental vs. intentional?
- Were they positive or negative moves? Is there a pattern? What learning can you take from this?
- Based on where you are at now, how could more attention and intention on your professional journey improve the quality of your professional and personal life, now and in the future?
- As you become more intentional, make a list: What do you want more of? What do you want less of?
- What are one or two practical things you could do in the very short term to awaken this spirit of intentionality about your professional journey?