Time for a Career Tune Up?

Do not forget your career tune up
Sometimes we just have to understand that we need to invest in our most important asset, ourselves.

Here are several great reasons why it is important to get a career tune up.

Why do professionals often neglect a career tune up? After all, the majority of us have vehicles that take us where we need and want to go every day of our lives. Our careers are even more important. Not only do we pay a hefty price to purchase a new vehicle but also we invest quite a bit of money insuring it, registering it and keeping it in tip-top shape. According to the AAA, the average person spends $9,641 per year for the privilege of driving. Keep in mind that these estimated costs are based on an average gasoline cost of $2.256 per gallon. The numbers also don't include the cost of parking (Auto Costs).

Why is it then that we tend to ignore a personal or career tune up and repair that we need to replenish our most important asset – ourselves? When presented with opportunities for personal development whether it be a workshop, participation in a mastermind group, or securing the services of a mentor or coach, we recoil from the price tag, and some of us treat that investment as if it were a luxury. For many of us who pursued a college degree (or degrees), there was no hesitation about investing a sizable sum of money to get that piece of paper. In fact, we may still be paying off those expenditures just like the purchase of a new car.

Despite the large loan we incurred, we already know that we have to plan to make insurance and maintenance payments; we will also face repair bills as the car ages. The newness wears off and periodic updates are required. The same is true of our personal development. What we learned in college has evolved rapidly especially since the advent of the Internet. One study showed that we are exposed to data from the equivalent of 174 newspapers daily (Gobs of Data). Without a periodic tune-up, how can we possibly believe that we are in prime condition? Do yourself a favor and consider making a budget for yourself that includes personal development activity. If you find yourself saying, “I know all of that stuff” – the “I know that” syndrome – remind yourself that this attitude is a surefire way to stunt your growth and prevent you from operating at your best. You expect your car to operate that way. Why would you not expect the same from yourself?

Make a commitment to create a new line item in your budget labeled the “Me Fund”, and allocate a specific amount of money to the fund. Promise yourself that you will schedule periodic internal maintenance, and keep that fund sacred. Use it to explore new ways of thinking, to conduct self-exploration and to sharpen the saw with a career tune up. Decide what that means for you and do it! While there are a great many free activities that can help us to accomplish this goal, decide that you will pay for some of it. We value what we pay for, and there is a genuine sense of accountability that comes with having forked over money to do something. Remember, the money we spend on our cars, while necessary, is being spent on a depreciating asset. What we invest in ourselves will always appreciate. Ben Franklin says it best: “Empty the coins in your purse into your mind and your mind will fill your purse with coins.” Schedule your career tune up today!

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