This past weekend I graduated with an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno. For the past 2 years I have been intensely focusing on this goal, and as a result, was able to graduate a year earlier than expected in the program. The past 2 weeks have been an exhausting whirlwind with finals and celebration with family and friends. Now, everyone has gone home and the commotion has died down. As the dust settles, I am beginning to think, “OK, so now what?”
This is a fairly common problem for leaders, many of whom are, by nature, goal oriented. We have learned that success comes from organization, dedication, follow through, and good old fashioned hard work. Once we set our sights on something, we find a way to obtain it.
Rarely, however, is there much discussion about what happens after we reach the finish. You see this in overachieving recent college graduates all the time: they graduate with high honors and then flounder as they try to figure out their next move. Or CEOs of major organizations: where is there left for them to go after that?
I’ve begun formulating a list of ideas to help me find my way:
#1: Take time to re-evaluate. Often times, when you are so focused on a specific goal, other things don’t always register on your radar. Take stock of where you are and where you’d still like to be. Be sure of your feelings in the present.
#2: Enjoy the break. It’s hard to come to a screeching halt when you have been going a million miles an hour, but you have probably earned it. Give your mind and body time to recover. Spend your new freedom exploring other areas of your life that make you happy.
#3: Develop new goals and personal objectives. Then go after them!
I’d gladly hear any suggestions you have as well!!!