Key exit plan mistakes

  • Getting caught on the infinite treadmill. It happens when goals are continually replaced by more ambitious goals.
  • Falling off the wagon. This happens when you set a goal that won't last, e.g. losing 25 lbs only to have it all come back three months later. An exit strategy would be helpful to maintain your weight.
  • The empty celebration. Reaching a big goal feels very exciting, but the effects are not lasting on your happiness. An exit strategy could solve this problem.
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We need an exit strategy

Many new graduates face the stress of figuring out what to do after they get their degree. The post-grad crisis represents a general problem all of us face - figuring out what to do once you've won your major battles.

If your goal was to lose 20lbs, what next? Or if you aimed to graduate with your MBA, now what? An exit strategy could be to tweak your diet to keep your ideal weight, or apply for a promotion at your current job once you've graduated with your MBA.

  • Keep it short. An exit strategy should describe what to do next, not define what to do with the rest of your life.
  • Keep it specific. Your exit strategy should help you to figure out the plan after your plan.
  • Plan it early. The time to begin the job hunt starts with a rough sketch of your exit plan months or years ahead of time.

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