YOU have worked for your employer for a few years, but things just don’t seem right. Maybe it is a new boss, or a new CEO, but things aren’t what they used to be. Your career seems to be going nowhere and your job doesn’t get you going in the morning. In fact, some mornings you dread going to work.

But what do you do now? You know you could do more. How do you jumpstart and keep your career sharp and fresh and your interest high? If you are looking to make a well-planned job change or just want to build a fire under your uninspiring career path, you need to study the following action change toolkit.

To make an effective change in your career or get back on the fast track, you need to study the following four action building ideas:

What is your career purpose? 

What were you meant to do? Do an analysis and find out once and for all what you should be doing. Everyone possesses a calling or a unique purpose. Connect the dots from your life purpose to your career. Start with thinking how and why you are in your current career. Is everything currently valid? If not, find out why.

 

Have you ever written you own career mission statement?

If you have, maybe it is time to take a careful review of the mission statement. Rewrite it if necessary. If you have not written your career mission statement, now would be a productive time to get it done. It can add focus, direction and a sense of purpose in your decisions regarding your career or career change.

 

Do you have your career goals in writing?

If not, now is the time to think them through and write them down. It is essential to set your short, intermediate and long-term career goals. You want to be able to see and track your progress. For example, if your career goal is to read 120 books in the next five years, break it down and track it at two per month. If you do not track the goal by the month, it will do you no good trying to catch up in the last month by trying to read 60 books.

 

Motivating actions start with small steps 

Destructive habits do not show up overnight. A person’s lack of physical fitness, for example, does not go from fit one day to unable to walk 2km the next. Rather it is the accumulation of daily, weekly and perhaps years of avoiding strenuous physical activity.

The same can be said for your career. You have the abilities to make daily small but significant changes in your purpose, determination and commitment.

Over time, sometimes as little as 21 days, your attitude and self-confidence will grow as these small improvements build and grow. This results in your motivation accelerating to make your career goals a reality.

Use these four career building ideas from your toolkit and you will find success if you are looking to change careers or just want to get the excitement back into your current job.

By studying, planning, setting goals and taking action you will be well on the way to looking forward to going to work every morning.