Long-term perspective is the amount of time you take into consideration when determining present actions. If you want your career to develop well, you have to take a long-term view and act in line with that approach.
Start with the end in mind: Have a long-term goal. Hard work helps, but making the right choices is crucial. For example, if your aim is to be a senior executive in aÃ‚Â financial services firm in the next five years, spending the next three years in the fashion industry might not necessarily help you develop the top-end skills you need.
Be prepared to sacrifice: Bear the good Ã¢â‚¬ËœpainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. For example, foregoing buying that new item so that you can take that professional magazine subscription instead? Or skipping your favourite movie for a mind-enriching conversation? These Ã¢â‚¬ËœsacrificesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ increase your value and improve your future opportunities.
Think through consequences: Before you implement decisions, consider the consequences. You wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be able to determine the impact of every decision, but neither should you just do things anyhow. Ask yourself; what will happen if I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take that action? How can I minimise any potential negative consequences? Why is the decision the best course of action?
Think and work strategically: Focus only on high-priority and high-value activities and spend sufficient time on them. Practise forward thinking and pursue whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s consistent with your values and what you are trying to achieve. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t just do what comes to mind or what you feel like doing in the moment, but things that will move you forward.
Practise self-discipline: This is getting yourself to take action regardless of whether you feel like doing it or not. Tough call but without behaving in a disciplined way, you are likely to derail. So, have a plan that has specific targets, take stock regularly so that you can improve and without fail, do something daily to support your goals.
Now take action: Write down what you want to achieve in the next three years.