This is the time of the year when I try to achieve peak physical fitness in advance of any dietary excesses I may engage in due to upcoming year-end festivities!
‘Working your core’ in a physical fitness sense is defined as: “The balanced development
of the deep and superficial muscles that stabilize, align, and move the trunk of the body, especially the abdominals and muscles of the back.”
As I was working out on Thanksgiving morning (yes – I exercised vigorously knowing I would overeat later), I focused on working my core. While doing the 30th crunch – I had an epiphany:
If individuals established career transformation as a core value they would be able to develop the muscles to anticipate and get in front of career disasters such as: career derailment
, career obsolescence
, and career transition
This epiphany then led me to question – “Why don’t we intentionally hold our career as one of the top three or four core values we use to construct a life mission?
Why don’t we establish a consistent set of core values upon which to set the direction and trajectory
for our careers? Why don’t we plan; assess progress; identify strengths; work out an approach to minimize weaknesses; establish a foundation and identify expected milestones; ask trusted advisors for advice; build our competencies and credentials; take risks, etc.?
If we did
create a life mission that included career transformation as a core value, we would be closer to the essence of what makes ‘work’ fun, engaging, meaningful, redemptive, significant and ultimately satisfying.
Resources to help you make career transformation a core value:
* The Franklin Covey Company offers a process for you to put your life mission
into words and action.
* Who Needs a One Page Career Plan? You Do!
* The Ultimate Guide to Living Consciously
: 21 Outstanding Mission Statements For Your Life
* Be an Original: my five personal core values and how I use them
* Tony Hsieh‘s Mountains and Valleys
: Discover Your Core Values
Decide today to make career transformation a core value. This could add rich texture to your life mission.
A question for you to consider:
* Do you need to make career transformation a core value? If your answer is yes, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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