Mary-Ann Owens and Associates

Resilience Blog

Reaching your goals with Grit

Where do you want to be at the end of this crisis?

Where do you want to be at the end of this crisis?

When you envision the end of the COVID19 crisis where do you want to be? Mark Gasparotto says that personal resilience requires us to look at all 4 legs of our table, ensuring that the table doesn’t tip. We need to look at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves.

  • Maybe you have a physical goal, such as being healthier in some way. Your goal could be to learn new methods to boost your immunity or keep fit.
  • Maybe you have a business goal of wanting to pivot your business in the short term to assisting essential service personnel to keep some revenue coming.
  • Maybe you have a spiritual goal to find a type of meditation you enjoy and make it a part of your daily routine.
  • Maybe you have a household goal because you are spending so much time in your home.
  • Maybe you want to establish a closer relationship with your partner by reading a relationship book together.
  • Maybe you want to establish closer friendships by reaching out to more of your network through supportive emails, texts or social media.

Keeping a vision in mind, could you detail your goal in words or pictures and keep it somewhere you could look at it daily. In this way, it stays with you, top of mind and can help to motivate you.

It is often a good idea to think of obstacles to your goal and resolve ways through those as well.

For instance, I have a goal of cleaning up a room in our basement. Envisioning it as organized instead of the way it is now is motivating. I need to enlist another person I live in my vision though because all the stuff in there isn’t mine. If we both work on the vision of what we want in that room, the outcome is more likely to happen. This would be a new process for both of us which brings some excitement with it. Also going to work on this room when we both have some energy to tackle it and limiting the stretch of time we work on it to something manageable might be ways to overcome other obstacles.

Paul Romer said, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”

I have a friend who is used to working out on an outdoor exercise park. The park is closed due to COVID19. So she is lifting tin cans to keep her arms strong and lifting her legs and body weight between pieces of furniture in her living room. These are effective ways to keep her body in shape. Good for her.

What creative new method can you bring to your goals?

How to Advance Your Career Even If You Don't Have a Job

How to Advance Your Career Even If You Don't Have a Job

Many people think they need a job to make progress in their career. You don't need a job to make progress. Over time doing things that create forward momentum may create the work you need. So don't wait to start doing these career advancing moves. 

  1. Promote your progress. Let those with the authority to spend money and make decisions know the advances you are making in your learning, networks, and knowledge of their industry.
  2. Do your homework. Research the leading organizations and individuals in your field. Learn what they are doing to stay ahead.
  3. Have your finger on the pulse. Know what the emerging issues and trends are within your industry.
  4. Put your hand up. Volunteer within your industry association or on the board of an organization with a cause you are passionate about. Volunteering is a way you can expand your network and build your skills.
  5. Broaden your network in your field. You can attend industry events with a goal of meeting 3 new people at each event. You can let your current network know that you want to expand your network. Ask yourself are there people you should get in front of? 
  6. Find a mentor (or two). Spend time with people in your field who are further along the career path or considered experts in your industry.
  7. Polish your online profiles. Keep the information current on these public profiles, so that your contacts can be up to date on your progress.
  8. Push your passion forward. Advance your knowledge and abilities in areas of your career where you are truly motivated. This will be fun and rewarding as the learning and knowledge add to your skill sets.
  9. Take a risk. Put more skin in the game by putting yourself out more. You could organize an event, write an article, or offer to do a talk. Your efforts and learning can open doors, allowing you to meet new people, develop new opportunities, and give you new information and energy.
  10. Chart a career path for your career progress. What skills do you need as you round out your experience and move forward on your career path?

You can learn the skills you will require through;

  • taking a course,
  • researching and learning on your own,
  • writing an article and posting it,
  • volunteering, or
  • finding an expert or mentor.

These actions will advance your process, add to your knowledge base and network. Even if you don't have work, setting goals and carrying out some of these actions will move you closer to getting work that you would enjoy and shine at.

Sign up for The Resilience Blog today and Receive 10 Ways to Create Your Own Career Success within 24 hours.

Get The Resilience Blog right to your email. Blog Sign Up

Check out the Career Grit Process Here.

Go To Top