Does your day start with a plan? Will what you do today include planning tomorrow?
You can plan for tomorrow or you can make part of your daily routine planning tomorrow.
Perhaps there is a difference.
Jobs and Careers
When someone starts a new job, begins a career, or finishes their primary education, they may need some tools.
One person may need a laptop, another a tool chest with relevant hand tools, and still others will need a uniform, appropriate footwear, and some personal protective equipment.
Having the tools is part of what is needed to operate within that system. It doesn’t mean the system will work or will last. It means at some level you are prepared.
Another level of preparedness is knowing how to actually use all of the tools.
Having a laptop doesn’t mean you can create elaborate formula’s using Microsoft Excel. It doesn’t mean you can update or create a website. Simply, you have one of the tools of the trade.
What is next for your life or career? Do you have a plan?
Tools, Trades, and Professional Careers
Many people move about their career carrying a tool chest.
They have some education and they have experience. Those credentials don’t always intersect. A degree in accounting may not matter much if your daily job is creative advertising.
The average job doesn’t have a very long shelf life. The average career is longer, yet still not always permanent.
If you feel uncertain about this, ask a typesetter, switchboard operator, or your local video store owner.
Why do so many people view it as they are all set, they’re completely prepared, now where is the work?
Planning tomorrow means that you’ll have the tools and the work. You’ll have accountability and reasonable expectations for your future.
It’s hard to know for certain.
Consider what you do know.
Tomorrow will be different from today.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.