Continuing our look at key skills for actively managing your career, let’s talk about persistence. Just like day to day life, career exploration will throw up challenges. Persistence helps us to keep on working through barriers and apparent difficulties. How would you rate yours?
A client recently recognised their tendency to give in early when they were researching. For one week, they decided to consciously notice when they reached a wall of “I can’t do this” or “I’ve had enough”, and then told themselves to do 5 minutes more. After doing this for one week, they applied the same thinking to their career exploration – just when they were ready to stop, they did 5 minutes more. Try it.
We know the brain grows new neural pathways, so it’s like building a muscle. It takes less time and money than going to the gym!