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No matter where you are in your career, today is a brand new day. It does not matter how many jobs or gaps you have on your resume. It does not matter whether you once led a big project that failed or went nowhere. It does not matter if you tell yourself regularly that you should be somewhere else in your career rather than where you are right now. Today is a brand new day.

We all have something in our career that we wished we would have done differently. Maybe you blew an interview. Maybe someone at work sidelined you. Maybe you should have spoken up more-or less. Objectively, we know that everyone makes mistakes, but sometimes, inside, we cannot let go of what we perceive as failure. Every great leader has failed sometime in their career. It’s not important how you fall, but how you pick yourself back up.

So, how do you “begin with today?” Simply follow the three steps below:

1. Make Peace with Your Past

Rather than focus on how the past has harmed you, focus on how the past has taken you to where you are today. The project that went nowhere may have taught you to plan more or to be more assertive. The multiple jobs on your resume may have taught you to stay put and not leave when things get tough. The co-worker that sidelined you may have taught you to showcase your work better and expand your network. You have learned valuable lessons from every mistake you have made. You are a better person because of them.

2. Decide What You Want

Once you have made peace with your past, you have a clean slate. What do you want to do with yours? Do you want a new job? Do you want a new career? Do you want to make more money? You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it. The only person who is keeping you from these things is you. Decide that you want something more, and you can have it. Decide that today is the day that you will turn your career around.

3. Start Where You Are Now

Begin with today-it’s what you have in front of you. Go after what you want because not doing so is keeping you from unleashing the true person that is inside you.

Take out a piece of paper and write down what you want. Then, break what you want into steps. Prioritize your steps and then put them into your calendar. Work on one step at a time. Focus on the future and making what you want a reality. Look forward rather than back because what’s behind you is over. Start where you are right now which is the best place to begin.

So, what do you say? You only have one life to live, so it might as well be a life you love!

About the Author

Deborah Brown-Volkman is the president of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc., a successful career, life, and mentor coaching company that works with senior executives,
vice presidents, and managers who are looking for new career opportunities or seek to become more productive in their current roles. She is the author of Coach Yourself to a New Career and How to Feel Great at Work Everyday. Deborah can be reached at,,, or at (631) 874-2877.
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