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July 27, 2017
Avoid Career Regret: Making Better Professional Decisions
“Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.” - Victoria Holt
In life, we all experience some form of regret. It can be hard to have Victoria Holt’s positive point of view and see regret as a learning opportunity — harder still when someone realizes that the career they spent so much time working towards isn’t a good fit. Career regret can also happen if you find you haven’t reached a certain goal yet. If you find yourself in any of these situations, even though it can be difficult, it’s important to remain positive and focus on not just what you can learn from the situation, but how to make better decisions in the future as well. Here are three tips to help. 
  1. Identify your priorities. Many professionals forget this essential step. Overlooking this can easily lead to career regret. When you set your career goals, it is important to identify both your internal and external priorities. Internal priorities have to do with your career values and what fulfills you. External priorities are practical things that have to do with taking care of yourself and your family. Once you have identified your priorities, your career goals should align with both of these elements. This will help ensure that what you work towards in your career will work for you, inside and out.
  2. Push yourself. Don’t settle with setting small goals for yourself. This can lead to missed opportunities, which become career regrets. To avoid this, think big when you are setting career goals. While you don’t want to be unrealistic, don’t discard big goals immediately. By dreaming big and analyzing those big thoughts, you may discover that you can achieve them, or you may identify related goals that are a stretch but may also be realistic. Pushing yourself to achieve larger goals will help ensure you get closer to your ideal.
  3. Take risks. Calculated risks, that is. It’s important to make sure you take the right risks to help you reach your career goals. These risks could be small decisions or bigger jumps, but you ultimately want to make sure that they will help, and not hinder, your progress. Evaluate your risks effectively by asking yourself the following:
  • Will this move me towards my ultimate goal? How so and what is the timeframe? 
  • What action steps must I take to achieve this goal? 
  • Are there any other ways to accomplish this goal? 
Keep in mind that everyone will experience career regret from time to time. When it happens to you, don’t get discouraged. Don’t let the mistake define you. See what you can do to fix the situation, learn from it, and keep moving forward. 

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Guest Blogger Hallie Crawford is a certified career coach and founder of HallieCrawford.com. Her team of coaches help people find their dream job and make it a reality. She is regularly featured as an expert in the media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and US News & World Report. Visit her website at www.HallieCrawford.com for more information about her team's career coaching services. Set up a Complimentary Career Strategy Session with Hallie Crawford to get advice on your career goals. *Mention you saw us on Talent Zoo and receive a free bonus if you purchase a product or sign up for coaching.* http://www.HallieCrawford.com
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