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Looking Ahead to 2014

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Dear Job Hunters and Career Changers,

2013 is quickly coming to a close. Have you started thinking about the New Year?

Now, and during the month of January (when I will have more to say about goal setting for success), is the right time to start formulating your plans for 2014.

The big question is, What do you want to accomplish next year?

Related to that one is, How will you do it?

As these questions imply, today's savvy job hunter is a Strategic Planner. You have got to look ahead and envision the future you want to create. Then you have to lay out your plan of action.

Let me suggest the following initial exercise. Take a piece of blank paper. Draw three columns.

At the top of the columns, write these headings. For column one, label it Right Now. For column two, Next Year. And for column three, My Life.

In the Right Now column, write down what is most important to you at this very moment. These are things you must do today, tomorrow or very soon. Not doing them ASAP would have a domino effect on other things, other projects, or other people.

In the Next Year column, write down the three most important goals you have for next year. Three for your work, and three for your life outside of work.

In the My Life column, write down the things that are most important to you in your entire life. Things like your family, your marriage, your faith, your health, your legacy. That sort of thing. The "big rocks" as someone once put it.

Once you have this page filled out, put it up on your refrigerator or some other visible spot in your kitchen or home office so that you will see it every day. This is a refection of You and Your Priorities.

Yes they will change! So you will want to scribble in the changes as they unfold.

Let me bring this post to a close with a toast. Raise your glass (of your beverage of choice) and join me in saying "Here's to 2014. May it bring us health, happiness, and prosperity."

"Let us welcome the new year full of things that have never been." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Sunday December 29, 2013

Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to initiating, and navigating through, organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at and via his website:



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