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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

How to get your Dream Career in 2015...

...a proven formula for success...

Christmas and New Year are when plenty of people "decide" to make changes in their lives; could be heath and fitness, stopping smoking, new job or relationship..
January is also the time when all these decisions get forgotten and somehow life takes over and the routine starts again...

It doesn't have to be this way...

The reason that so many people go back on the commitments they make to themselves is that they don't understand their own motivation, or at least they don't knwo the ingredients that make up motivation..
Luckily, there is a "formula" for achieving change that we can use to develop a framework of motivation that actually works...
Welcome to Gleichers Formula - LINK
The base principle is that we are inherently resistant to Change - we may not think we are, but subconsciously unless we satisfy all aspects of the Formula...
The formula for change explains how we can overcome this inherent resistance and achieve the outcomes - such as getting that Dream Career - that we actually want...
How does it work..?
The Formula suggests that there are Three Components of motivation that enable us to overcome our Resistance to change;
  1. Dissatisfaction - are we actually unhappy with our current situation, or in reality is it tolerable; is the change more painful than doing nothing.
  2. Vision - do we have clarity around not only the goal, but what the benefits of it's achievement will mean to us.
  3. First Steps - knowing "what" we want is one thing, knowing "how" to go about achieving them is something else.
  4. Resistance - our inbuilt mechanism that wants us to stay put in our current situation; our "risk aversion" circuit.

Applying the Formula to your Career in 2015...

Imagine, you are at the New Years Party, on the stroke of midnight you tell yourself that this will be the year that you break through, get the job you really want and career you have been dreaming about...
Lets assume that n a scale of 1-100 your resistance to change is 80..
Your level of Dissatisfaction is running at 7 out of 10 - you are quite unhappy and frustrated with your current job / boss / prospects...
Your Level of Vision is only 1 out of 10 - you really have no idea what your Dream Career looks like, where it will be or what it entails...
Understanding what the First Steps should be is 4 out of 10 - you have an idea about putting together a CV, and approaching agencies but not in any detail..
The Formula works like this...

7 x 1 x 4 = 28

...which does not overcome your resistance to change score of 80.
In this situation - even though it may seem like a good idea at midnight, you will almost certainly give up quickly as your resistance takes over...

How to get your Dream Career in 2015...

Simple - use the formula...
Quickest way - reduce your Resistance; be OK with risk and uncertainty so that change is easier to initiate...
Difficult in my experience..
The best way is to build your levels of D & V and build a plan such that F is clear and simple to initiate too...
It is usually Vision that people struggle with, most people are really good at feeling Dissatisfied, it's the Vision that holds them back...
You can of course build your Dissatisfaction - how bad has it got to get before you make a change; challenge here is that high D can mean panic, and the best decisions are not taken under panic conditions...

A better way can be to work on the Vision - paradoxically, the greater your Vision the higher your Dissatisfaction with your current status may be so it ticks a couple of boxes...
Here are a few Ideas to get you started...
  • Build a Dream Board - be really specific about dates, locations, outcomes and numbers...
  • Write your Goals down - keep them with you at all times, have them on your 'phone for easy reference...
  • Research - identify what your Dream Career actually looks like, what it entails and all that goes with it...
  • Review - keep the Dream alive by having it in plain view and easy to refer to and remind you about the future...
  • Commit - write a contract with yourself, tell others that are close to you, make it so it's a non-negotiable Vision...
Once you have clarity around your Vision - get Planning...
Raising your clarity around the First Steps, doesn't mean you have to know every single thing you have to do to achieve the Vision - it just requires clarity about what to do first to get things under way..

Here are some tips...
  • Get the CV up to date...
  • Target Organisations and Market yourself...
  • Research Visas, permits if needed...
  • Contact specialist Agencies and register...
  • Set a timeline...
  • Polish up your interview skills...
These are little steps that, when combined, will give you progress and movement towards the Vision - the First Steps then become Next Steps as the journey continues...
David Holland MBA is the Founder and CEO of Results Rules OK, a Business Coaching, Training and Publications Company with offices in France, Luxembourg and the UK...
To find out more about working with David as you Business Coach, Executive Coach or Team Trainer - just drop him a note to davidholland@resultsrulesok.com for an introductory and complimentary discussion that just could change your life, your business and your results...
If you'd like to come to one of our Events to meet David, the Team and some of his Clients, then check out the website HERE - we look forward to seeing you and hearing from you...

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