Whatever you’re looking for in a new job or for your career long term, you need a five-year plan to make it happen. A five-year plan is a roadmap to give you the encouragement and tools you need to achieve your goals. With a plan in place, you can stay focused on your long-term goals and know the steps you need to take to make them happen. Here’s how.

Write It Down

If you’re looking for a new job or even just a change in your current career path, the best way to visualize it is to write it down. As if it is some sort of magic, simply committing it to paper is a ritual that can make it happen.

Start by writing down your overarching goal. What is it you want to do? What do you want to achieve? Where do you see yourself in five years? Use a journal, a planner or even a blog to document this information.

Create Action Items

Step two is to create all the tasks that will get you to your final goal. Since this is a five-year plan, start with the things you can do right now, this month, to get the ball rolling. What kinds of things do you need to accomplish by the end of the year to see yourself in your ideal future in five?

For instance, if you want to get a job in IT, what do you need to do to break into the industry. Step one might be to research different jobs. Step two would be to focus on one, such as information security. Step three may be enroll in college classes.

Work on It Every Day

That’s right. Your five-year plan only works if you’re committed to doing something every day. For example, if you are looking for a new job, start by reading a book on resume writing. Then try exercises every day.

It doesn’t have to be complex. Even one small task for just five or 10 minutes will help you reach your goals.

Reevaluate Often

This is important. It’s okay for your goals to change. Along the way, you’ll learn new things about yourself that might alter your final vision. This is perfectly fine. Build in this review to make sure you’re staying on track or shifting course to the right new direction.

Review and changes aren’t a sign of failure, they’re a sign of growth. Being willing to try new things and make adjustments is a part of the process.

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