What does fulfilling professional plans involve?
Once you’ve set your goals, deadlines, and interesting activities in your professional plan, you will definitely need to improvise in their fulfillment. You shouldn’t be disappointed; improvisation can be seen as a measure of adaptability that you need in order to strengthen your goals. Perfection doesn’t necessarily consist of performing flawlessly in a particular context, but rather in the power of self-control and the ability to offer new solutions and perspectives in unexpected, uncertain, unwanted moments.
Think of it this way: it’s good that I know what I need to do, so now I can control the decisions I need to make and be consistent because I have a clear purpose: to achieve my plans!
When you know where you’re going, you’ll see that many paths and means lead in the correct direction, so you don’t need to fear if sometimes you need to opt for another “means of transportation” than what you’re used to.
The most simple or the most habitual activities in your life show that you can succeed in diverse ways. Some examples:
- You want to buy bread but the bakery you prefer is closed. After you realize this fact, you go to another bakery or shop, but you’ll still buy bread.
- If you forgot to put gas in your car in the evening, in the morning you chose to ride the bus, take the subway, call a taxi, etc.
- Football teams often change tactics because of unexpected accidents among players, however many of them are mobile and play a good game.
Your personal life is full of improvisations—the conclusion is that this also exists in professional life and can help you a lot. You are the director of your professional journey.
It is very important that when you see a blocked path that doesn’t let you achieve your professional plan—obtaining a job that you like, integrating into a training program, building your own business, choosing an internship, learning a foreign language, increasing efficiency in completing your daily responsibilities, getting a promotion at work, etc.—to not concentrate only on that context at that time.
Analyze it a bit, determine how it didn’t go well, and try a different way. As yourself the following questions:
- Can I do it by myself or do I need the perspective of another person?
- Who can I call?
- Where could I work better?
- What are the weak points in my plan and how can I strengthen them?
- Do I need to work more or rest better? Is there a balance between the two?
- Am I well enough informed about the goal I have set?
- What motivates me most? Can this motivation help me? Could it represent the element of surprise in my professional plans?
After you have asked such questions, tell yourself:
- I need to try (you can even establish a number of tries).
- I can do this; I’ll train myself better.
- I will try to be motivated every day.
- I promise to organize myself and to plan my actions that need this.
- I can obtain the best results.
- I will inform myself more about my points of interest (I will read, I will consult diverse opinions, and I will establish strategies).
- I always have confidence in myself.