How to Succeed in Your Newly Chosen Dream Career
This article assumes that you have gone through a process of identifying your ideal career and you have now embarked on making a success out of it!
So, here you are. You have found your dream career. You are fully determined to succeed-preferably to succeed fast. But how can you succeed quickly, especially if your chosen career is in a completely new field?
Here are a few tips that will help you along (and remember you are taking inspired action towards your success every single day):
1.) You absolutely, unequivocally believe in your success. Please don’t confuse ‘believing in your success’ with a know-it-all attitude. There will be many situations when you will have no clue about your next step. Your job is to dive in and figure it out. Your job is to find the ways and resources to make your success happen. Your job is to keep going when nobody else believes you can make your dreams come true. Your job is to turn all the odds around and prove the non-believers wrong. Once you are sure about yourself and develop a positive attitude, you can focus on the practical aspects of your speedy but sustainable success.
2.) Know who you are and what you want. Share this knowledge with anybody who is willing to listen. For example, if you want to publish a book (especially if you have already managed to write one), don’t keep this information in the drawer. (Remember point 1: you believe in your book, right?) Mention your desire to your friends, talk about it at dinner parties, and write about it on Facebook. Ask for suggestions, connections, and advice. You might be surprised how quickly this approach can connect you to the right people. Maintain this clarity in all business related situations, especially networking opportunities, and you will succeed. Somebody who is clear about his direction and confident he will succeed is such a rare commodity that coming across this way will make you stand out in any crowd. This approach can be applied in your own business, as well as in a new position as an employee. Surely you always know what is your next desired step? If not, go and figure it out!
3.) Keep your message simple and ALWAYS include the benefits you bring to your customer (whether the customer is an internal customer within your organisation or a private client). If your customers do not understand what exactly it is you are doing, they are likely to lose interest really fast. Make the way you talk about your business/job enticing, exciting, and personal. People love hearing personal stories. If you have transitioned from doing something you didn’t like to something you love and took many risks in doing so, you will have people’s vote in no time! Most people dream about having the courage to change their lives but never get around to making changes. You might become their hero just by being honest and sincere and sharing with them the changes you made.
4.) Concentrate on your priorities. When starting in a new field or job, dealing with all the new information can be overwhelming. You may feel that you “ought to” do more and keep all your options open by moving in many directions at once. While not closing doors is certainly important, make sure you remind yourself what your priorities are. Is it the income? Is it the brand recognition? Is it the perfect outcome of your new project? Is it successful people management? Whatever your priorities are at the moment, focus on those. You can manage the rest, but never allow yourself to be driven by details and miscellaneous activities. If at all possible, delegate those and remain faithful to your ‘big picture’. Allow your priorities to guide you as they shift.
Starting in a new job or business can be exciting. Inevitably, though, there will be many bumps and detours on your journey. If you ever feel that you can’t cope on your own as you manoeuvre through those, hiring a coach is the best thing you can do for yourself. Your coach will be there to support you, believe in you, and provide a different perspective when needed!