Having a vision for your career is a great thing to have in place, but you need to have a strategic plan in place as well to act on it.

Your vision is the big picture.  Something that you WANT to accomplish.  It’s the “How?”  How will this look in your life?  Once you are clear on that, you can start being strategic in your planning, so it is easy to see what needs to be done and how you are going to implement those steps.   Remember the old saying, “How do you eat an elephant?”  The answer is “One bite at a time.”

Ideally you should be trying to do 1-3 tasks each day or week that gets you closer to that vision. They can be large or small, but you want to keep up the momentum and keep moving forward.

Each week, write down what tasks you plan to do to get closer to your vision and goals.  It can be a Sunday afternoon/evening activity.  Or a Friday activity for the upcoming week.

Then make sure that you DO IT!  If you write it down and put it on hold you will never accomplish anything.  Hold yourself accountable or better yet, have someone else that you admire hold you accountable to do what you said you are going to do. 

Be sure the person holding you accountable is a supporter of your vision. They will be sure to give you the gentle push you need at times to keep going.

Your strategic plan is where you take the big picture and break it down into tasks that you can easily see, get clear about, and take action on. For example, if you plan on going back to school for a new degree it may look like this:

Go back to college for accounting degree

  1. Look into colleges
  2. Submit applications at ones that fit my needs
  3. Figure out class schedule

These would be broken down more with

  1. Look into colleges
  2. Google local colleges with accounting program
  3. Contact admissions office of schools I am interested in
  4. Visit school
  5. Submit applications at ones that fit my needs
  6. Once I have visited schools get apps for ones that I am interested in
  7. Fill out apps and look into financial aid options
  8. Get high school transcripts sent to schools I am applying to
  9. Submit and follow up with my admissions counselor to make sure everything is there
  10. Figure out class schedule
  11. Look at schedule with counselor at school and see what classes fit into my current availability
  12. Make sure I can handle the workload for the amount of classes I take on

See how this goes?  It breaks down to simple tasks so you are moving forward without getting overwhelmed.  Don’t forget to add the completion dates. 😊

Having a strategy is just as important as having the vision.

Good luck implementing and taking action!  You are bound to get to the place you want to be if you follow these steps and keep up the momentum! If I can help at all, please reach out.  I would love to help you put that strategy together, break it down and even hold you accountable to reach your goals.