Feb 5


Many JETs and JET alumni find themselves at a crossroads regarding their careers and career options. Nicole D. Mignone (Akita-ken, 1991-1993), a certified life coach, will be periodically posting articles for the benefit of the JET Community. You can read more of her life-related articles at her blog thealchemyofbalance.blogspot.com.  She also offers individual life and business coaching. For more information, email Nicole at drmuse@jetwit.com.

Dear Dr. Muse:

Based on the question from N.H. in Long Island [January 30, 2010 Post], we are creating a series of exercises aimed at getting “unstuck” in a job or life.  Based on the previous exercise of the Rating System, let’s revisit the eight areas of evaluation:

What three areas have the most priority or importance to you for the next three months?  Using the logical, analytical, problem-solving side of the brain you will create an Action Plan. By processing backwards, in your journal, write the steps that it would take to lead you from where you want to be to where you are now. This is like planning a party or event where you have the end in mind. Try to get engrossed in the details because each little step leads you closer to what you want.

Now, looking at your Action Plan details, on a new sheet of paper, and processing backward from the end result, assign a deadline in three months for the first few specific tasks.  For instance, in three months time, you wish to move one or two steps forward on the Action Plan.  Determine what discrete tasks you need to do each month for the next three months to get there. Then, for this first month, break down the steps into weekly goals.  Finally, with this upcoming week, set three tasks to complete toward this week’s goal.

Create an Action Plan for the three areas of the Rating System you determined a priority for the next three months.

Most importantly, spend time each week evaluating your weekly progress and establishing goals for the week ahead, all with your three-month goal in mind.  This work-in-progress requires recalibration.  Some weeks you may get ahead of your goals, and other weeks you may feel you lag behind.  In truth, you continue to make progress, so enjoy the adventure!

Every few months, revisit the Rating System and create new Action Plans.  While working on the foundation areas of your life, you allow more creative inspiration and energy to move you out of a place of feeling “stuck.”

Stay tuned for the next Dr. Muse post where I’ll answer other life/career change questions.

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