Take The First Steps Toward Reinventing Yourself

The most common question I get from clients and readers of my book “Take Back Your Career” (www.takebackyourcareernow.com) is “how do I start to reinvent myself?”  Because I’ve been down-sized, right-sized, over-sized and under-sized I know from personal experience exactly where to start the process.

Start with an inventory of YOU. Be certain that you know yourself and your abilities.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself to get you started:

  1. How do I contribute to the bottom line?  i.e. accountants analyze financials for accuracy so that budgets are correct.  Ask yourself, “How does my job impact the bottom line of the organization?”  It’s important that you answer this question because it helps you define your value in the organization.
  2. What are my five top, measureable accomplishments?  It’s well worth the time to list your achievements.  It gives you a sense of success and a chance to impress yourself with how good you are!
  3. What is my goal for reinventing me? i.e. to escape a job you hate or to be more creative in the job you have? It’s essential that you have a clear goal in mind.
  4. How will you know if you’ve been successful in your reinvention? In other words, “What does success look like?”  Another great question to ask is “What will reinvention do for me?”
  5. How will I stay focused on the process?  It’s easy to get distracted.  Figure how you will stay focused and keep moving forward.  What will you do when you get “stuck”?
  6. Do I need an accountability partner?  It’s much easier to have someone you trust help keep you on task.  I don’t recommend spouse or significant other…they love you too much and they’ll let you slide.  Choose a colleague or a career coach.
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