Charge your career's battery
Career stalled? Before you get out and push, read on.
1. Get moving! Action creates momentum.
2. Do something different. Even if you just find a new route to walk the dog or drive to work.
3. Rejuenate your fitness program. Visit the gym three times a week. Ask your trainer for some new routines. Take up a new sport.
4. Do something fun -- every single day. A luxurious treat -- anything from hot fudge to hot tubs.
5. Go to a lunch meeting of a professional organization outside your own field. Most organizations welcome guests and the cost will be minimal.
6. Begin brainstorming ways to start your own business. If you have a corporate job, it's not a question of "whether" you'll be on your own someday. It's a question of "when."
7. Take a class on a topic that's outside your normal expertise. A lawyer might study ceramics. Writers might choose ancient history or water color.
8. Limit yourself to one self-help book every three months.
9. Limit your television watching to specials and favorites. Movies and plays create energy.
10. Consider hiring a coach or counselor - but stay away from assessments, tests and projections. Choose a resource who understand careers and businesses and begin with one hour at a time.
Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D., author of Making the Big Move, helps midlife professionals navigate career and business transitions.
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