Planning is Essential for Career Success

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By Michael Palumbo, Media Relations Intern, R&J Public Relations

An action plan should be at the forefront of every goal you want to accomplish in business and in your career. To achieve success, you should have an outlined plan on how to get there.  And if you stick to that plan, your path to success will be much smoother, and you are almost guaranteed to achieve the desired result sooner.

That said, sometimes identifying and outlining a plan for success can be difficult.  When this happens, it is a good idea to dig down the basic, granular level to align your success with institutions and individuals around you.

Every organization with which you will come in contact with will have a structure.  Within that structure are various paths that can help you to reach your optimum goal.  Once you have your main, overall goal in mind, it is up to you to find the available avenues within the organization that will help you to build your success. A well-defined, written out plan outline should be your roadmap to success.  It should have a start time and a timely finish date.  Then, having the dedication to follow your action plan while knowing that headwinds and distractions are inevitable, will further your goal – and your appreciation for success when it comes.

Here are the steps that I recommend:

  • Prepare an action plan for success – Write down the steps needed to reach your goal
  • Do not skip the small steps, no matter how minor you feel the task may be.  As John Wooden said, “It’s the little details that are vital.  Little things make big things happen.”
  • Focus on the task at hand – Do not let outside distractions steer you off course
  • Stay within your limits – Be careful before wandering into unfamiliar territory.  But that said…
  • Don’t be afraid to take a risk now and then
  • Never be afraid to ask for help – If you are unsure of something, make sure you get the help you need
  • Last but certainly not least, never give up.  Even when your plan does not go the way you might prefer, do not get discouraged.  And don’t be afraid to start over again if need be.

I have used this methodology through college and I myself have achieved success in life, in school, and now in my career.  Now that I am a PR professional I will continue to formulate action plans to accomplish my goal of bringing success to my clients and to my agency.  I strongly encourage anybody who is pursuing a career to engage in action planning to reach your ultimate success.

In public relations, dedication to your clients, your firm and to yourself is a key value that will separate you from the rest.  The PR industry is constantly changing, but following these guidelines will make any transition much easier.  Just remember not to get ahead of yourself because this can cause the headwinds to become more powerful, hindering your opportunities for success.

There are no guarantees in life, but with all of these ideas put into a working structure you will have a path to successfully reach your goal.  Goal setting, organization and time on task are three important guidelines to follow on the road to becoming successful.

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