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I designed this program because I want to help people go from having an OK career to having their dream career, the kind that makes them feel wide awake.

I know the concepts in this program can help you to create a dream career. They certainly did for me.

Over the next 6 weeks you’re going to work through a series of 6 sessions. My goal is to give you the tools to make decisions that are right for you rather than follow a rigid plan. I want to help you think for yourself and take action that will fit your situation. That might mean leaving your current role but it could also be staying where you are and turning that role into your dream career.

 

Program overview

The Dream Career Program is based on my pivot process and it will help you decide on the best career for you by looking at how to:

  1. Define your dream careerpivot 300x286 - Preparing for the program
  2. Create a well defined core
  3. Improve your alignment for greater success
  4. Set a new direction that works for you
  5. Apply leverage to multiple your results
  6. Develop momentum to get more success with less effort

 

How the program works

This program uses a combination of concepts and practical ideas. Each session will contain valuable content along with a range of activities for you to complete between sessions including some more challenging bonus activities. I encourage your to try them as real progress usually happens when you get outside your comfort zone.

You also get access to all 5 of my books full of ideas. I’ll talk more about them during the program. Plus, I’m going to send you a reminder email between each session to keep you focused and follow up emails after the program to keep your momentum going.

A word or warning: Don’t expect instant success. Many of the activities require you to do some deep thinking. You need time to process what you’re learning and apply it to your situation. If you follow my suggestions for getting the most out of the program you’ll start to find clarity.

 

Getting the most out of the program

By signing up for the program you’ve already made a commitment to creating your dream career. Now you need to maximise your investment of time, money and effort so that at the end you look back and know it was worth it. That’s certainly what I want for you! It’s also why I offer a money back guarantee if you don’t find the program valuable. All I ask is that once you’ve finished you spend a further 6 weeks applying what you’ve learnt. If you still haven’t seen any value then contact me.

To help you get the most out of the program there are some steps I recommend you take before your first session material arrives.

 

Step 1: Get ready 

You may have completed a course of study recently and be familiar with how to prepare yourself to learn or it may have been quite a while since you found yourself in this situation. Either way, I want to give you my tips on how to maximise your learning:

 

Schedule time Make a meeting with yourself to review the material when it arrives. Your first session will arrive in 3 days. It’s important that you don’t get behind and try to do the program all at once. That strategy doesn’t give you the opportunity to think about what you’re learning or the time to do the activities in a way that will be give you the most impact.

Look at your schedule and select a time that works for you. Try to make it a consistent time so you get in the habit of learning. Think about whether you are at your best in the morning, mid day or the evening. Everyone has a different body clock. Work with it not against it!

 

Identify your barriers You need to identify the barriers that are likely to get in the way of you successfully completing the program so you can you put in place a plan for overcoming them. Be honest with yourself and think about your previous experiences with learning and what helped or hindered your success.

Here are my suggestions on overcoming the most common barriers I see:

  • disorganisation … create a folder (electronic or paper) for storing all your materials
  • distractions … turn off your devices and find a quiet place to work
  • procrastination … commit to spending 15 minutes a day rather than trying to tackle it all at once and feel overwhelmed
  • mindset … get yourself in a positive frame of mind and aim to get one idea from each session (you can always go back later and pick up more ideas)

 

Set goals Many of the barriers you have are actually about unclear goals. Once you understand why you want to do the program, those barriers usually disappear.

Be realistic with your goals. You aren’t going to solve all your problems with one decision and wake up tomorrow with your dream career. Think about your goals as short term (the next week to month), medium term (the next 3 to 6 months) and long term (the next 2 to 5 years).

The next tip will help you with that …

 

Step 2: Get set with a journal

I recommend you keep a journal throughout the program so you can record your learning, express your thoughts, work through your options to identify issues and track your progress. You can make it a paper or electronic journal, it’s up to you.

You should aim to write in your journal at least twice a week. Most people find a regular pattern of entries encourages them to take action so they have something to record! If you’re doing the program with me as your coach I’ll be asking about your journal in each session.

If you’ve never kept a journal before here are some tips.

It is entirely up to you what your journal contains. You never have to show it to anyone if you don’t want to including me. There are no rules, but here are some suggestions:

  1. Thoughts on the program material
  2. Reflections on past experiences
  3. Questions that make you think
  4. Analysis of your current behaviour
  5. Observations of other people’s behaviour
  6. Ideas on your options
  7. Feedback you’ve received
  8. Concerns you need to address
  9. Quotes that resonate with you
  10. Debrief any actions you’ve taken

 

I recommend you use the journal to record your answers to the activities throughout the program. In each session I encourage you to write down the answer to 3 questions:

  1. What have been my wins?
  2. What have been my challenges?
  3. What insights have I had?

 

Step 3: Press go!

To help you press go on the program here is your first activity. In your journal answer these questions:

  • How will I get myself ready for the program?
  • Why am I doing the program?
  • What are my goals for the program?
  • How do I feel about keeping a journal?
  • What am I most looking forward to about the program?

 

Where to from here

Your first session will arrive in 3 days so use that time to complete your preparation activity. Session 1 is all about “Defining your dream career” because you need to be clear on what you want before you can start to pivot. So this session will look at:

  • A systematic way of assessing your dream career so you understand what it is you really want
  • How to analyse your career history to identify patterns and get insights into your dream career
  • 5 criteria you need to consider when designing your dream career
  • Making sure your dream career represents your authentic version of success
  • Understand what’s stopping you from having your dream career

 

If you have any questions or feedback you can contact me at any time using the “Ask a question” box.

 

PS If you haven’t already, take my free Career Wake Up Call quiz and I’ll sign you up for 12 months of Dream Career Tips to boost your results even more