Sometimes, career goals take a long time to come to fruition. I know this all too well.

After many years of building a brand online, I finally landed a dream partnership I’ve wanted for at least a couple of years. That’s right—it took 2 years before I actually saw this goal happen.

The same will likely to happen in your career. Whether it’s a promotion or your dream job, chances are you’re going to need to be patient as you work toward what you want. Here are some ways to do that.

Focus On Small Wins

In my coaching business, I’ve noticed how miserable people are when they focus on something they haven’t achieved yet. As a result, it takes them much longer to get to where they want to go.

Meanwhile, those who focus on the progress they’ve made are generally in a better mood, naturally attract more opportunities, and reach their goals faster.

For example, I have a client who is working toward making a certain amount of money. She kept focusing on how it just wasn’t happening yet, so I pointed out to her that she was completely missing the positive changes that had already occurred. For instance, she landed a contract for more money than she was making before and even got a free co-working space membership out of it—that’s BIG progress!

Once she shifted her focus, more opportunities that will help her get to her ultimate goal showed up.

Allow For Flexibility

Sometimes we’re so hung up on what we think we want that we miss a better opportunity. We believe “success” needs to look a certain way and as such become too rigid in our pursuit of our goals. We become control freaks.

The key is to be flexible. When I started blogging in 2010, I had no idea it would turn into a career as a personal finance expert. If you’d told me that then, I would have laughed in your face. That is not what I wanted, but I was open to opportunities.

Fast-forward a few years, and I’m projected to earn four times more money than I did before I started this journey. I also have six different streams of income, and I’m having a lot of fun. If I’d been closed off, I wouldn’t be here.

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