Planning is critical to career growth but it is no excuse for inaction. The questions are: do you have plans, or you still planning to plan? If you have a plan, are you executing your plan? A forward looking attitude is great but at Jidaw we insist that you should please turn attitude to action.
What you say and believe is important but it is what you do that defines you. Standing in a garage from morning to night does not make you a car. Our problems are often not the issues with the environment; they are usually things we are not doing. The time spent fault finding and complaining about things is better spent doing the things we can do. Jidaw often tells students that one reason why we are here is that there are many great things that won’t be done if we don’t do them. See your presence in that office, environment or country as that opportunity for change, for progress.
Our potential is rich and unlimited; but plan and do something. Life will not wait until you are ready. Commit yourself fully to the process and follow through with sustained, consistent, inspired and purposeful action. Only action produces motion and creates results. Purpose is nothing without action. Wherever you find yourself make sure you are moving forward in an action oriented manner. Jidaw cautions that Perfection is not a condition for progress. Move forward despite challenges you may encounter.
The biggest time wasted is the time spent waiting for things to get better. Movement can often be uncomfortable, but your vision is fantastic. Jidaw asks: why stand still when you should be bringing your dreams to life? Maintain focus and don’t become a manufacturer of excuses. Even if you are already working, maintain perspective. The job is not your objective, it is a tool, and it is part of the plan. Continually ask yourself, challenge yourself – “what am I doing”? Jidaw stresses counseling because a job is not an end in itself. A certification is not an end in itself. Without action, all we end up with is a big fat zero. It is what you do, not what you plan, not what you think, that makes a difference.
Resources are limited so prioritizing must continually come in play as you make your moves. How creative, how sensible is our investment of resources (money, effort, time, knowledge, experience, people, goodwill, etc)? You are the CEO of your own life. Action must have quality. Your method and manner of execution are crucial. Time and self management are critical. Unfortunately many fall into the trap of careful planning and careless execution. Jidaw insists that great plans are great plans but not enough. Execution must have substance.
Your new IT business plan was exceptional but can you really say the same about your choices in staff recruitment and resource management? And besides change is constant, life is unpredictable, things may not turn out as we planned.
Jidaw recommends in addition that as you implement, measure progress and make adjustments where necessary. Nothing is cast in stone. New developments in the field or in society may require career decision changes on your part. Embrace such flexibility in the fast changing world of IT. No matter what, never stop moving. It is action that will make your dreams a reality.
HAVE YOUR SAY: How action oriented are you? When last did you do something to move your career forward? What are your concerns and challenges? Please share your comments, thoughts and opinions.
Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting