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by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Career Planning, Make It Happen Tipsheet, StrategyTagged as: ,

For those who watch the Super Bowl each year, you may have noticed that the quarterback calls out a series of numbers before receiving the ball. Or you may have noticed that whenever a group of players run down the field, they always go in a certain formation.

This type of behavior happens in all professional sports: the team practices a “play”, over and over, until they get it perfect. Then when they need it during the game, it is executed perfectly. Amateurs don’t practice this way – only professionals do.

So while you may not be an NFL quarterback, it is reasonable to ask: are you a professional – or an amateur – when it comes to planning for your professional success?

Planning can either be practiced, thoughtful, and strategic, or you can “go with the flow”, deciding as things happen how you will react to them. Either way, it is surprisingly easy to be a pro if you follow three simple steps:

  • Choose what your next role will be.
  • Invest in yourself by seeking experiences – and professional development – that will prepare you for that role.
  • Solicit support from your manager, colleagues, family, and friends.


Before the week is out, commit to choosing at least one “investment” activity. Even if you don’t know precisely what your next role might be, invest in yourself anyway. The greater your personal investment, the more you will develop your skills and discover your interests. You don’t have to be in the Super Bowl to be a professional.

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