by Juliana Trichilo Cina, jtcina.com
When you’re in grade school you regularly receive a report card detailing your progress. If you work for a company that follows Human Resources best practices, you likely get the opportunity to consider your progress at an annual or semi-annual review. If, however, your life does not have built in “progress reports” reflecting on your growth is probably an activity you neglect.
Taking time out to consider your strengths and weaknesses can either help you (1) nurture a skill that will help you achieve greater goals, or (2) remove negative behaviours from your repetoire that may be hurting your career and personal life.
When was the last time you sat down and drafted a game-plan for your career? When was the last time you objectively made a list of your weaknesses?
Without these exercises in self-awareness you are, and will continue to be, a sheep in a massive herd. This herd consists of like-minded people that follow the path of least resistance and never challenge themselves to become more. These are the people that have jobs not careers. These are the people who will blend into history instead of making a mark on it.
I cannot imagine why anyone would want to be in a herd, following a path determined by others for their benefit. I have left jobs where I could have grazed peacefully through life without any stress. My friends and family thought I was crazy for leaving the comfort of a secure, well-paying, and simple job behind. But I could not continue working in that quiet office in that boring building and be happy with myself.
Sit down today and make a list of the things you want to accomplish in your life. If there is one great goal or countless enormous ones, do not impose any restrictions on this list. Do not omit a goal because you tell yourself you can’t achieve it. Dream a little and make it real by writing it down.
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