Any BIG change begins with SMALL actions, performed on a regular basis. It begins with simple HABITS that, over time, will yield big results. Michael Hyatt recently published a brilliant piece on When and How to Use Habits to Achieve Your Goals. I won’t repeat all the ideas here, but I think there is a lesson for anyone who is seeking a career change.
You can use habits when you have a vague aspiration: “I want to be more recognized for my contributions at work.”You could set a habit goal like this: “I will spend 20 minutes each Friday summarizing my team’s progress and sending an email to my boss and his boss, beginning this week, for 26 weeks in a row.”
You can use a habit as a step in completing a goal: “I will make three job applications each week, using a customized version of my resume, for 8 weeks, beginning April 1.” To make a step habit work, you can use the Jerry Seinfeld method – just give yourself a check mark for each time you complete the task. He famously used this method to force himself to write – even for a few minutes – each day.
If establishing new habits is exciting to you, watch for next week’s newsletter. I’ll give you the top 12 habits that can change your career.