My new strategy for happiness? Manage your life (and career) like your business

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A HAPPINESS STRATEGY WILL HELP YOU TO ACHIEVE WHAT YOU WANT FROM LIFE. DOING WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY IS PERSONAL SUCCESS

In 2016 I achieved chartered status in my profession as a public relations consultant. This has been a turning point for me in both my career and life in general.

The accreditation validated my journey over the past decade. It recognised that I’ve reached an expert level of ability.

The independent endorsement has been a confidence boost helping me to broaden my horizons. It’s also changed my mindset about the question of ‘what I do for a living’.

Although not currently engaged as a consultant in the traditional sense (I’m salaried by an organisation) I now feel comfortable referring to myself as such. Why? Because in achieving my professional development goal I’m now more conscious of the fact that I’m the owner of my expertise. What happens with my career has to be my choice.

YOUR CAREER JOURNEY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

The way we spend the majority of our waking hours should not be circumstantial. We must make a conscious decision about how we want to live our life and what we want to get from it.

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BE YOUR OWN STRATEGIC ADVISOR

I’m trusted to give strategic advice of national significance. It’s something I do every day.

I use my critical thinking skills to analyse and make sense of the world. I identify opportunities to help others achieve the goals they (or their organisation) are working towards. I might even help them to define what their vision is.

How do I apply this to my career? By being honest about my strengths and weaknesses. And by being clear about the opportunities and risks present in the world around me. By covering all of these in a personal SWOT analysis.

GET AHEAD INSTEAD OF KEEPING UP

Only by having a realistic view of your place in the world can you hope to effectively plan to make the most of this.

Invest free time in researching and thinking about the future. Question how society works. Understand people, culture and importantly technological developments.

While there are few certainties in life making an educated guess at what’s next is better than being left behind to deal with the consequences.

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HAPPINESS STRATEGY IS THE NEW LIFE-PLAN

A successful organisation has a clear vision and sense of direction. It plans ahead for how it will achieve its goals based on available resources.

Work out what your vision is and what you need (time, money, skills) to get there. It’s good to be creative and to have dreams but be realistic about what’s achievable. Don’t set off trying to change the world, make your objectives more manageable.

As an adult some of your purpose and resources relate to others, in particular your family, friends and community. Planning your life effectively should rightly factor these responsibilities into account. But it’s a waste of your existence not to have and focus on your own goals too.

Whether you call this approach a happiness strategy or a life plan I hope you understand why it’s important.

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Photos: Jeremy Hunsinger, id-iom, Mikey

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