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Stay Motivated

Congratulations! You've created an action plan that will help you move closer to your vision of the future.

There's one more key step to take. To succeed in your action plan, you need to stay motivated.

As you work through your action plan, you may be

  • letting go of things
  • dealing with confusion
  • adjusting to new situations

All of this can be stressful. When you're under stress, you may resist making changes or procrastinate to avoid taking action.

Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to stay motivated.

Try these suggestions

  • Reward yourself when you complete the major tasks on your To Do and To Research lists in Step 3. Do something positive that you enjoy - share a meal, see a movie, take in a game or concert.
  • Develop a Plan B. If your action plan falls through, a Plan B gives you an alternate route toward your future. If you want to keep your current results, sign in with a different email addresss and start again to develop a different way of pursuing your career option.
  • Stay in touch with friends and family in your network who know about what you want to achieve. They will listen when you need to vent, cheer you on when things get tough and celebrate your successes.
  • Check in often with your vision of the future. Refine it, expand it, remind yourself of the future you're working toward.
  • Use your network to find a coach or mentor, an experienced person you trust, who can advise and support you. Check out Find and Work with a Mentor.
  • For more about action planning, from managing change to moving from self-defeating to powerful thoughts, check out My Choices, My Work, My Life and Positivity Works.

When you're taking action, it's a wise idea to continually reflect on where you are.

You may decide to return to this website often and ask yourself these questions:

You can always return to this website to re-assess your preferences and update My Career Plan as you move closer to your vision of the future.

If you haven't yet developed a career plan you like, keep exploring. Return to any of the career planning phases as often as you want. Use the tools to learn more about yourself and the many career possibilities that could work for you.

Your life and work, your skills, achievements and dreams - your career is a work in progress.

Best wishes as you build your future!

This personal information is being collected and used pursuant to section 33(c) and section 39(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This information is being collected and retained on the system to facilitate your personal career planning process and to make it available for your ongoing use. You may choose to share this information with a Career Advisor to support the provision of career planning services. Please contact alis at alis.info@gov.ab.ca or 780-422-1794 if you have any questions regarding the collection or use of the information you submit.

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