What to Do with the Rest of Your Life
By Robin Ryan

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What if you could write a whole new life for yourself? What would you change? Too many people never ponder these questions. They don't acknowledge that being happy, successful and enjoying a passionate career are all possible. You and you alone are responsible for creating your own future. So if you are looking for a new job, or are one of the millions of dissatisfied workers who is miserable at the job you currently have, then give serious thought to this life-shaping question: What exactly are you going to do with the rest of your life? The weak economy does not mean doom and gloom, or that your dreams can't come true, unless you use it as your excuse for not succeeding.

Here are some key steps to get you on the right track fast.

Start with honest self-assessment.
Analyze your current skill set, training level, and accomplishments to-date. Write down the aspects of the work you liked and what tasks or things you disliked. Investigate new fields, industries and potential careers by doing some research and also interviewing individuals who work at those types of jobs, or in fields of interest to you. Look at growth opportunities, salaries, benefits, and then determine the job title to target.

Use your passion as a decision-making tool.
An important insight noted in our national top executive survey was that highly successful people work at their passion. It's that burning interest and enthusiasm that propels the extra efforts to excel in your job. Determine what your passion is. What do you love to do? To hear about? To talk about? If you love music, find a job in that industry. Remember, it's not just musicians, but others such as agents, directors, marketing and sales teams, business managers, etc. that are a part of the exciting music world.

Build a career on your strengths.
You have natural talents you were born with. These talents are the things you find easy to do. Maybe it's teaching or writing. Maybe it's designing, building, or helping people. List all your talents, including things that others compliment you on. Build your career on these strengths and it will be easier to excel. You'll move up faster, find better jobs and be paid a higher salary. Incorporate your talents into any position you choose to go after.

Don't sabotage yourself.
Many people prevent their own success. They find excuses, or blame others, for their own failures or mistakes instead of learning and improving from them. Their self-talk is all negative. "I'd never get a job like that." or "I'm not good enough." or "Why try; it's too hard." Reprogram yourself by reading and listening to success tapes. Avoid others who are "black cloud people;" people who rain on your dreams and efforts. You must avoid negative dialogue - it's poisonous to your dreams and future achievements. Instead, find supporters, new mentors, take classes, read books, listen to motivational tapes that teach effective ways to make your future and next job a real dream come true.

(c) Copyright 2008 Robin Ryan. All rights reserved. Robin Ryan has appeared on Oprah and Dr. Phil and is considered to be America's top career coach. Robin has a busy career counseling practice providing individual career coaching, resume writing services, interview preparation, salary negotiations, and outplacement to clients nationwide. She is the best-selling author of : "60 Seconds & You're Hired!," "Soaring On Your Strengths," "What to Do With the Rest of Your Life," "Winning Resumes," and "Winning Cover Letters." A dynamic national speaker, Robin has spoken to over 1200 audiences sharing her insights on how to improve their lives and obtain greater success. Contact Robin at: 425.226.0414, or email: robin@robinryan.com, or visit her Web site: http://www.robinryan.com

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