The Next Step Isn’t Always The Last Step

I am one of the most impatient people you will ever meet.  I know this about myself.  I try to be patient but to me is like trying to grow taller – it just doesn’t seem to happen.


I have always been this way.  For Christmas one year when I was maybe 11 or 12 my brother got me a shirt with a Calvin and Hobbs picture on it and the caption was, “I want it all and I want it NOW!”  Did I mention sarcasm runs in my family?


I also believe that things happen for a reason.  I can remember at different points in my life I would look around and literally think what the heck?? How did this happen and how the heck did I get here.  It was only after time and a step or two further that I could look back over the entire road and see that it all made sense in one way or another.


Sometimes when I am working with my clients their path is very clear and direct.  They have a specific career path and we know exactly what we are targeting and how to get there.


There are other clients that there is a goal, but the next steps are not always clear.  The ultimate destination isn’t always a clear cut path.  Sometimes we take detours or stops along the way that seem to make no sense what-so-ever but all in all they get us where we need to be.


It is understanding this that makes that next step easier.  If you want to break into a certain industry sometimes you need to start a step or two back or to the side to be able to position yourself for moving forward.  It may not be ideal to take a “lesser” position but if is in plan with moving forward to an ultimate goal and getting you the tools you need to get there then roll with it.


That is why I said the next step is not always the final step.  You always have the ability to move, change, advance or retreat.  This next position could be a short term stopping ground to get to higher ground.  So do not sweat being there for a little bit.


That’s the thing that sometimes freaks people out.  They worry about what other people will say (who cares) or how this will impact their future career (you are getting the tools you need for the next step) or if it makes sense (as long as it does to you that is what matters).  No one is ever stuck.


And sometimes you take a position just for the immediate benefits that it gives you right here right now and not for the long term.  Those can be very fulfilling in the short term and give you exactly what you at this moment but you know it is not a long term thing.


They are all steps forward so don’t sweat the small steps just enjoy the ride!



Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW

Career Coach-Strategist

Certified Professional Resume Writer

Career Polish, Inc.


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