What is your goal? A job, or the job?

This week, Liz Strauss shared this little video on her blog about focusing on the opportunity rather than the job.  Yes, there is a difference.

The distinction here is an important one.  So often people are so focused on what they feel like is the greatest need at this precise moment — often, that’s simply an income.  By stepping back and taking your efforts as a long-term play, opportunities may become available that you can’t see on the surface.

Here’s a key: you have to give yourself permission to explore the options.  I talk a lot about the importance of focus, but there’s a difference between keeping your goals in front of you and putting the blinders on.  Keep an eye on not only the obvious path ahead of you, but also the less visible byways to either side.  They may all lead you to where you want to go.  Wouldn’t it be neat if that path you considered the scenic route was actually the shortcut?

Remember: it’s good to have a plan.  It’s also alright to change it.

Have you ever taken the scenic route?  How did it turn out?

2 thoughts on “What is your goal? A job, or the job?

  1. Hi Kristi!
    You nailed it when you said, “It’s a matter of keeping your goals in front of you.” That’s the truth. It’s hard enough to do that most days. It’s even harder when we’re surrounded by exciting events like conferences or exciting people who are constantly having ideas. I know I have a problem with that.

    So every morning I start with a question. “How can I contribute to where I want to be?”

  2. Liz: Great thoughts! I like your morning question. I should roll that (or something similar) into my daily planning. It’s so easy to focus on what’s urgent (or exciting, or fun) and harder to keep an eye on what steps will actually get me closer to my goals. It really deserves daily attention.

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