Are Time-Bound Goals a “Waste of Time” During Work-Life Transitions?

Here are 3 steps for career changers who want to use their time more thoughtfully so that they can reduce unnecessary stress during their work-life transitions.This discussion of the relevance of time-bound goals is the fifth and final post in this series on applying the S.M.A.R.T. model of effective goal setting for career change. 1. …

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How to Evaluate Your Career Change Goals for Faster Progress

Are your considering voluntary career change? In the S.M.A.R.T. model of effective goals setting, the fourth criterion is R for realistic. In this article, we consider the relevance of realistic goal setting for career changers.  If you’re thinking about a new direction for your work, you’re not alone. According to a 2021 poll, more than …

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How to Make your Career Transition Goals More Attainable (and More Relevant)

The first two of this series of posts on goal setting for career and work-life transitions were about the first two criteria of the S.M.A.R.T goal model, S for specific and M for measurable.  This post asks if A for Attainable (the third criterion of the SMART model of effective goal-setting) is helpful for career …

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How to Improve Career Change Goal-Setting for Easier Work-Life Transitions

Buoys in the water are signposts. They aid navigation. They tell us to look out for hazards below the surface. They can warn us about distant threats such as tsunamis on their way. Career changers also need sign posts to help them navigate the uncertainties of work-life transitions.  Last time we talked about the first …

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3 Questions to Ask When You’re Struggling to Be Specific About your Career Change Goals

It’s familiar advice. You need to set goals for your career. But many people struggle with career and work-life goals.  How important are they? What difference do goals make? Do I need them? How do I choose the right career goals for me? Over the next few weeks, we will explore some of these questions.  …

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How to Use the 3-R’s (Recall; Reflect; Renew) to Build Resilience During Challenging Work-Life Changes

This article is an invitation to enhance your resilience by reflecting on a previous work-life change experience. Get clear on strengths you already have and increase awareness of what may no longer be useful in the context of your current change.  Have you ever experienced sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia?  The sudden pain, commonly known as “brain freeze,” …

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How to Reduce the Stress of Work-Life Transitions with A Simple 5-Element Framework

A simple model makes it easier for professionals to focus during career and work-life transitions. A framework is like an aerial view. You can choose reference points that make it easier to re-orient when the landscape is not yet known. This article presents five reference points – outlined in the A.U.D.I.T. framework below – that …

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How To Get Past Professional Networking Roadblocks during Career Transition

What’s your view of professional networking?  For many professionals in career transition, the experience is a bit like taking medication. It may be something you need to do, but prefer to avoid. There is no doubt that your connections can make your career transition easier and faster. Read this article to discover how to make …

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How to Find the Right Help at the Right Time for a Faster and Easier Career or Work-Life Transition

The ups and downs of career change and work-life transitions can be time-consuming and emotionally demanding. This article will help you get clear about how to find the right support at the right time.  Look for Small Changes That Develop your Resilience During Career Change and Work-Life Transition. 1500 miles.  In good weather, this is the …

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