Here’s a possible scenario: You’re hearing about layoffs going on within your industry. Maybe even within your company. People are talking about management looking to reorganize (gasp), automate (ugh), or outsource (no kidding).
All this is making you feel anxious and jittery about your career future. You’re constantly wondering whether you’re job or your position is at risk.
Maybe, you’re already sensing that your work is becoming less and less relevant to the “main thing” of your division or your company.
A cog in the wheel. That’s how you feel and worse, you’re not even sure the wheel you’re on matters all that much anymore.
If you feel this way, the somewhat comforting news is that you’re not alone. Gallup reports that roughly two-thirds of the global workforce are actively disengaged at work. And the work situations described above are among the common reasons why people feel the way they feel at work.
The real good news is that you can do something about it now. You don’t have to depend on your company’s management to do something and change things. You don’t have to wait until the brick falls to take action.
In a world where change comes fast and furious, the one with a plan is ahead of the game.
Your plan insulates you from frantic predictions and wild changes that are going on around you. With your plan serving as a North Star, you won’t be easily turned around or get flustered by the next big thing.
Contrary to prevailing notions about plans, your plan isn’t—in fact, it shouldn’t be—etched in stone. It’s not one path from here to there because you cannot rely on things remaining the same. Market forces change. Companies change. Industries change. And most importantly, you change.
Think of your plan as a route map toward the career horizon that you’re aiming for. It will help you stay grounded when your company or industry makes sharp turns.
So the first step is to come up with your own plan—and mind you, not the kind that’s tied to or dependent on your company’s plan. Then you’ll want to test and validate the assumptions in there (because there will be assumptions, trust me), tweak and adjust. Then, take action according to the plan.
“That’s easier said than done.”
Where do you even start, right?
I hear you.
That’s why I’d like to invite you to the 5-day challenge called “Plan Your Pivot in 5 Days”.
Every day during the week, you’ll receive short, actionable prompts, to help you create your unique plan. I’ll be holding daily Q&A sessions on Facebook and we’ll have a private Facebook group where we can process our work.
Then on the last day — a graduation of sorts — you’re invited to attend the Make It Happen Masterclass, free for participating in the challenge.
While we cannot predict the future, we can plan for it. And I hope you’ll join me in Plan Your Pivot in 5 Days.
I am excited to have the chance to work with you, to help you define the future you want, and build the plans that will take you there.