From: Ian’s Bold Career Dispatch <ianchristie@boldcareer.com>
Subject: 7 Strategies to Future-Proof Your Professional Journey

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Good day Reader. Today, I share seven strategies to help you make significant progress this year. It is common in the second half of January to start wavering on our goals for the year. Let’s push through.

Future-Proof Your Professional Journey with these 7 Strategies

Unsurprisingly, I am obsessed with helping you maximize the quality of your professional journey and, by extension, your life.

While some factors are outside your control, today, I present seven strategies that you have 100% control over. Follow these and 12 months from now, your career will be more resilient, and you will feel more confident and proud.

Pay attention to risk

Every week, we get new clients dealing with the impact of external events on their job and career. A new boss. A company acquired. A shift in the political dynamics of the office. Changes in corporate priority that impact your portfolio. The solution: Analyze and notice the risk, and take action.

See and make a plan to avoid or get out of the career traps

Without intention and working on our professional journey, it is easy to fall into a career trap. Accidental career progression. Specialization in something you don’t want. Getting pigeon-holed into a dead-end role. Staying too long in a position without growth. Again, avoidable with attention and intention.

Shift from reactive to proactive with career moves

One of the significant sources of career problems is bad decisions related to career moves. Unfortunately, the norm seems to be reactive vs. proactive. And the #1 problem with that ... you've put yourself into a scarcity situation. Get in front of career moves to generate more opportunities and choices.

Don't stall in a bad situation

You know when things aren't going well. It may be you or the environment. Cut the elapsed time between noticing when you’re settling, stuck or unhappy and your proactive actions to fix the situation.

Solve for self-sabotage

We all have behaviours that aren't optimal in the workplace. Identify and work on how you self-sabotage and undermine yourself professionally. Look for patterns of feedback or negative outcomes.

Recognize & leverage the power of compounding

Just like health or financial well-being, the quality of your professional journey benefits or is damaged by the power of compounding. Success-building activities like developing confidence in your professional identity, building your network, nurturing your reputation, investing in personal and professional development, and developing career capital compound both ways. If you are avoiding these, it is going to hurt you. If you steadily work on them over time, you will experience the benefit.

Get help. Invest in yourself

There are great reasons to seek help.

  • Accountability

  • A proven process

  • Having a sounding board

  • Expertise and insight you don’t have

  • Unlock your potential through coaching

  • Assistance in seeing what you can’t see

  • Saving your valuable time through done-for-you services

  • Increasing the probability of success, cutting risk, and decreasing the thrashing time involved in going it alone

Your work-life is 36% of your waking hours. It deserves to be optimized. Whether you work with Bold Career or find other ways, the ROI is significant.

I’m with you. Weekly with the newsletter, existing and new content on the site, current services, and future programs to be revealed in the coming months.

Let’s make your professional journey, and by extension, the quality of life, a healthy, fulfilling, energy-giving one!

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Until next week,

Ian Christie
CEO & Chief Career Strategist - Bold Career