"You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." – Dr. Seuss
Summer is here and it is time to relax and have fun! Yes, it is the time to rejuvenate and focus on the moment.
Take Time To Reflect
As much fun as this sounds, summer can be the time to start reflecting on your career. Let us face it, you do not enjoy every activity your parents, siblings, cousins or even friends partake in. You have your interests, skills and talents and it is to time figure out your unique and personal values.
Short Moments of Reflection
Summer provides the ideal months to start reflecting on what motivates you to get off the lounge chair.
More Questions To Ponder
Summer enriches your life with extra daylight hours to suntan, build sandcastles or bike.
Explore And Experience
Summer can also be the best time to get a part time job or to volunteer. Working at a fast food restaurant or in retail will not only bring you extra spending money but will also give you the opportunity to explore your likes and dislikes. Volunteering for non-profit organizations will not only make you feel good about yourself, but will also allow you hands-on experiences to figure out your talents. Yes, (sorry) I am hoping you will get off the lounge chair for a bit.
Get Acquainted With You
Summer needs to be the season you start steering yourself in the direction you choose. Before you know it, fall will be here. The courses you select, the activities you enjoy and the clubs you join will help you build on the likes, talents and skills you have determined for yourself. You may find you have a lot in common with your sister, your mother, or your friend’s father. Now is the time to reach out and learn about their work. Think about it: Who do you need to talk to today? And why?
Summer is here! What are you doing to become acquainted with you?
“When you have clarity of intention, the universe conspires with you to make it happen”
While many do not agree with this quote, I have to admit that I am a believer in the power of intention. Read along and let me know what you think.
Before I move on, here is a quote that casts doubt on the value of intention:
“It’s not intentions that matter. It’s actions. We are what we do and say, and not what we intend to do”
I confess that I am also a believer in the power of action. So, where does this leave us? Somewhere in between? I am seeking a quote that balances intention with action. Please share it if you know it. As I await your quotes, I thought I would start by defining the keywords, namely intention and action.
A recent study defines intention as “a reliable predictor of planned behavior in a variety of situations”. This confirms that once you intend to accomplish an activity, you start planning for it and eventually you will do it. For example, if you decide that you are not currently happy in your job, you start looking for a new opportunity. You may even update your resume, reach out to your network or apply for jobs.
One academic definition of action is ‘willed and automatic control of behaviour’. Oxford Languages defines it as ‘the fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim’. This definition works for career action since you are looking to ‘do something’ to get a job, transition to a new opportunity or define a career path.
Intend to Act
Once you unravel and accept the action of ‘looking’, awareness of the cruciality of understanding your intentions kicks in. If you find that you cannot identify your intentions, recent research looks at intention as a “state of mind” that directs your focus, abilities and activities. To the outside world, your actions clarify your intentions and so indirectly, your intentions can potentially be shaped by your culture. Spending some time building an awareness of the value of your intentions will lead you to your successful path.
This is what you need to acknowledge as you untangle your next career move. Your newfound awareness will help you define your intentions as to the type of employment you want to seek. These intentions will be the base for the goals you create for yourself. What is more important is that your goals will lead to a willed and automatic control of your future.
You have a lifetime to define your intentions but remember that you also need to outline your goals and actions for these intentions to become a reality. Go on...Define your intentions!
Intention and Action
As I continue to search for data and quotes that couple action with intention, I opted to write my own quote on the topic. Here is a quote for you to reflect on:
There is no action without intention!
Let me know what you think!
Dr. Hoda Kilani is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC). As a career management professional, she works with clients in private practice, event facilitation (including carousels and vision boards), conference presentation, and writing.
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