5 Steps to Set Your Top Career Priorities
To experience the career you most desire, you must first get clear on and set goals around what you want. To support you, I’m sharing my 5-part process for setting career priorities. This process provides steps to ensure that the priorities you set are ripe and ready to be acted upon now, and you don’t waste time in areas that are good ideas but not really ready for your attention just yet.
You can engage in this process any time you feel overwhelmed, unclear, or need a fresh start. The most ideal time is the beginning of a new year or new season – like Spring right now – because the natural rhythms of the Earth are making shifts in creation as well.
Wanna give a whirl to feeling more focused and clear this Spring?
Here are the 5 Steps:
Step 1: IDENTIFY YOUR BLOCKS
Look back to the prior 3 months and identify what interfered with your confidence, your ability to complete what you set out to accomplish, and your feelings of inner peace. Here are some questions you can ask yourself:
• What toxic substances are causing tiredness or other negative symptoms? (examples: alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, gluten)
•What toxic behaviors exist in my relationships that are dragging me down? (examples: tolerating criticism, compromising your needs/desires to please someone else, comparing yourself to others and suffering from jealousy or feeling not good enough)
•What negative habits are stopping me from achieving what I most desire? (examples: procrastination, playing small, perfectionism)
Step 2: DAYDREAM ABOUT AREAS TO FOCUS
Without the pressure of making any commitment just yet, daydream about what you would LOVE to spend your time doing in your career. Here’s a structure that helps open your heart and mind:
• Start with 5 years out – what would be the awesomest 3 possibilities?
• Next look at 1 year out – what would be the awesomest 3 possibilities, aligned with goals you have set for this year?
• Then look at what you could do this Spring – what would be the awesomest 10 possibilities?
Step 3: PRAY FOR GUIDANCE
You have free will and the power to create your life, yes. But you do not create alone! You have a soul purpose and path and genius that is within you meant to be used to serve the world. So you can pray to God, the universe, your angels, a cherished deity – whoever you believe in – to show you your destiny and the best way to begin your journey. Here is simple prayer for this purpose:
Step 4: MEDITATE TO RECEIVE WISDOM
While prayer involves asking for what you need, meditation creates the opportunity for you to receive the answers. Time in silence and stillness allows you to connect to the guidance that comes through your inner wisdom. As you meditate, you may receive words, images, symbols or feelings that show you what to do.
Step 5: SET YOUR TOP 4 PRIORITIES
After completing all the above steps, let your feelings guide you to the best priorities. You may know right away, or you may take a week or two to feel fully clear. Of all that has come up, you can prioritize by asking yourself:
• What top 3 priorities feel most aligned this season (from Step 3 and 4)?
• What is 1 area that I will spend this season cleaning out (from Step 1)?
With this, you have your 4 top priorities: 3 areas to create and one area to release. Narrowing down to this small, digestible number of 4 reduces your feelings of overwhelm and optimizes your ability to focus. Choosing only 4 priorities doesn’t mean you can’t do anything else that feels important to you. It means that the 4 areas you choose are your first priorities to tend to above all else, before any other shiny new objects grab your attention or before you commit to engage in projects with others. With this focus, you are empowered to make your career dreams come true!