In getting ready to facilitate the job seekers group that meets at the Sayreville Public Library, I wanted to somehow get them thinking about how to set new year's resolutions for their searches. Knowing that such resolutions are very often prone to failure, I wondered what I could offer them that was new and practical.
As I was driving on the NJ Turnpike, an idea came to me: WHOA.
W = What is my resolution? (Be specific) Who can help me with it? (Be sure to involve others)
H = How will I get started? (Think of three actions you can take to get started)
O = Obstacles I am likely to face? (Include yourself on the list if you tend to procrastinate)
A = Ask lots of questions to keep moving forward toward my goals. (Asking questions is a great way to learn...and to seek the help of others)
One of the four elements of my 2013 gameplan is creativity. For me, creativity includes an openness to inspiration. The WHOA idea is a prime example. It came to me once I had set my intention and asked for an idea.
Where did it come from? Who knows. It may have come from within me, or from an unknown source. But whatever it is, it has worked for me for many years.
It can work for you too. Try it.
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. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at email@example.com and via his website: http://about.me/terrenceseamon