Just Do It

Just Do ItWell, it’s been ages since I’ve actually sat down to write; far too long in fact. And I know that for my own development, personal and professional, that blogging really helps me clarify my thoughts and cements my plan of action.
I could list one million reasons here why I’ve been a bit slack, I’ve been on leave, work has been incredibly busy, life got in the way in general. But none of those reasons outweigh the importance of my goals and development – but they so easily get in the way.
Via Twitter a little bird said to me; “Just start writing, do it every day, even if it’s just a sentence”. And you know what? She’s right. I just need to get off my butt and do it, because no one else is driving my career, my development, that’s my responsibility. And, like many people, I often put my development in the backseat, instead focusing on immediate priorities – like a heavy workload and a busy life. But when I think about what I want to be doing and where I want to be in 5, 10, 20 years – I need to make sure I take responsibility every day.
So often, as is the life of someone who works in L&D/HR, I have colleagues, friends and acquaintances who come to me to ask how do they make the next career move; how do they move into that management job, that senior consulting position. The advice I give is just this; decide exactly what it is you want, figure out the steps it will take to get there, break them down to achievable chunks and Just Do It. (Oh yeah, I totally have no shame when it comes to ripping off great slogans from major corporations.)
And this is exactly the advice I’m giving myself right now.
Just Do It.

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