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Great questions to reflect on when Future Proofing Yourself

This exercise is a very motivating way to start your week

As you are reading this, please grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee, turn off your devices, and invest in some one-on-one time with yourself to just think, ponder and reflect. Some of the questions below will be more relevant to you than others, so just move on to the ones that you feel are best-suited to your personal situation.  I hope you enjoy, you certainly will get the benefit of making time for yourself.

  • If you don’t look after yourself, who will?
  • What do you enjoy the most about your work?
  • What don’t you enjoy about your work?
  • What are your natural strengths?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What hidden talents do you have that you feel are underutilised?
  • What’s your definition of success?
  • What would you like to create / develop for yourself and those closest to you?
  • What would you describe as your biggest weakness?
  • What advice would you give someone in the same situation as you to help develop their potential and maximise opportunities that are put before them?
  • How can you take more self-responsibility in managing your own appraisal and Personal Development Reviews (PDRs) / development plans in the future?
  • Would you want to work with you? And why?
  • If you have management responsibilities, would you want you as your manager? And why?

What are your passions?

Knowing what really makes you tick and being able to follow your passions in your career can be achievable. I was once asked by a senior IT Director: “Should I enjoy my job? And do people you meet enjoy their jobs?” He clearly didn’t, which was why he lacked motivation and passion for his work, hence the reason for the coaching course. Knowing what your passions are and what excites you is vital to building a long and happy career. 

Take a minute to reflect and think about the following questions to start giving yourself some direction:

  • What are the passions that motivate me to do what I do? Or, to put it more frankly, if I didn’t get paid for it, would I still be interested in doing it?
  • What do I love about my job, and what (if anything) is missing?
  • What makes me tick, what gives me a buzz?
  • Do I want new challenges, or would I prefer to stay in my comfort zone?
  • What are my values and how can they point me in the right direction?
  • What is important to me as a person (what makes me who I am)?

This exercise isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but it’s a good one to get started. Remember, none of this is right and none of it is wrong – it’s all about you and what is right for you.

You can find more details on this and other future proofing yourself ideas in my new book: Future Proof Yourself via:

The Endless Bookcase or Amazon

Extracts taken from Chapter One: A Time To Reflect – Future Proof Yourself by David Yeabsley. 

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