There’s a lot of talk about revving up your career in the New Year. While reinvigorating goals in January is an exciting endeavor, problems arise when excitement wanes, and the real work of job search sets in.So, how you do keep the embers of enthusiasm burning over the long haul of career change? How do you perpetuate that invigorating New Year feeling while methodically and planfully executing your plan?Following are some building block steps as well as ideas to help you stay focuse and energized as you participate in your career change marathon.1. Make a Career Change Plan. This can begin as simple as brainstorming a few key steps to successfully move ahead in your career. For example: 1. Brainstorm what type of role, specifically, you wish to land. 2. Research target companies; 3. Revamp your resume targeted to your new goal including the needs of your target companies; 3. Attain a new credential, pursue training or or take a class in an area of growth crucial to your career change; 4. Join an industry association; 5. Volunteer for a stretch project at your current job that will set you up for success in a future role.2. Schedule Action Steps In Your Calendar. Estimate timelines and plan out weeks, months and even a year or more. If you have multiple calendars; e.g., hand-written, electronic and/or whiteboard, then use all of these. The more you write something down, the more likely you remember it.3. Write Out the Sub-Steps of Each Action. For example, writing a resume is not as simple as dumping a few achievements on a page and dressing up the formatting. Potential steps may include: investing in a recommended resume book or writer, completing a resume worksheet, reviewing your achievements against the needs of your target companies, and much more. Take time to strategize your resume properly. As you build in sub-steps, you may need to tweak major action steps to ensure calendar fluidity.4. Be Accountable to Someone Other Than Yourself. Whether you hire a career coach or simply reach out to a colleague for ‘accountability partnership,’ deepening your commitment to your goals ensures there is someone to whom you report regular progress. This, in turns, ensures your goals don’t get buried by everything else. Moreover, the act of sharing and celebrating successes with your coach/partner helps fan the enthusiasm flames, and perpetuate momentum.5. Start Telling People About Your Goals. For example, if a conversation you are engaged in outside of work lends itself to sharing your future aspirations, then do so. Opening up your career dreams to interested others may feel vulnerable or premature depending upon where you are in the transition process; however, planting seeds now can be fruitful later. You never know when someone you’ve mentioned your goals to will encounter someone who needs your talent and therefore can make an introduction. So, it’s not just what you know, it’s also who you know and who they in turn know.6. Be Prepared to Pivot. If your career plan gets knocked off its axis by a personal or professional crisis or other unplanned delays, then recalibrate. Delays are just that – postponements, not cancellations. As well, even when certain details of your plan get overthrown, you can be creative in patching your plan’s structure with strong, actionable ideas. For example, if your plan for advancing classroom studies gets crushed, then find another way to learn the skills you need through a part-time job, a volunteer role or another full-time role at a different company where the opportunity to learn is available to employees.7. Stay Calm. While you will have periods of hyper-productivity and advancement in regard to your career change goals, it also is likely you will have periods where disappointments reign or you are sluggish from too much on your plate. This creates angst or overwhelm and may be a signal to step away from the career change process altogether for a brief period. As well, upon returning to your plan, consider ramping back up with smaller, bite-size tasks, to ensure you maintain a proper energy level for the long haul.