Managing Your Career

by Barbara Buffton

Staying motivated

Managing your career is a big deal. Taking just one action, however significant, will probably not be enough.


Write down your career goal(s). Keep them alive – keep them visible.

Massive action

It is definitely better to take massive action – in other words, as many actions as you possibly can, every single day. The actions don’t always have to be huge and time-consuming, so long as they each take you some way towards your goal. What’s the smallest step you can take today to ensure you’re managing your career.

Lots of small steps = massive action

Keeping your plan alive

We’ve all done it: formed plans or made promises to ourselves only to completely forget them or get sidetracked by something else. You need to keep your plan alive.

  • Having a written plan of action increases your commitment and motivation.
  • Keeping it somewhere visible will also keep it alive, so that you’re reminded of it constantly.

Where is the best place for your goal(s), somewhere you’ll see it or them every day and be reminded to take action?

Vision without action is but a daydream; action without vision is a waste of time; vision plus action can change your world.


Goals change

Of course, our priorities rarely remain the same as we move through life. Certain life events, such as getting married or having children, can affect what’s important to us. So it’s important to revisit your career goals regularly to check that they’re still in line with what you want and need.

Some (smart) people review their career goals at the beginning of every year, even if they’re not facing any big decisions.

Check your motivation

Do you still want some change in your working life? Why?

See Where are you now? – knowing where you are starting from could give you the motivation to make the changes that are necessary to get you where you want to be.

If you are serious about managing your career, you’ll want to do something about it – it’s unlikely anyone else will do it for you...

Turn career goals into reality

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.

Jesse Owens