It was only last month that I wrote a post about not staying in your job too long or risk having a negative impact on your career.
But as I plant a seed on pushing your career forward, I need to plant one on when to be patient in your career, too. (Everything in balance, eh?) One element of being patient is not to wear your career aspiration on your sleeve. And I can't resist writing this - - because it really is appropriate: too much fertilizer isn't good for your career seeds.
I will continue to preach patience with many of the people that I mentor - reminding them that they are in their careers for the long haul and that a few months here or there don't really matter. The risk of pushing too hard at the wrong time can have some negative results.
But, if you have a plan with a targeted next job within a reasonable time frame with which your management agrees, it is time to be cool. This is your opportunity to demonstrate maturity. And even if there seems to be some churn in what might be "the plan", don't appear to be insecure. Demonstrate that you have the perspective and understanding of what is going on in the business without making it personal. Be confident that you'll be ok.
And while you are being patient and still successful in your job, you might even be able to focus on the life side of the work-life equation. Wouldn't that be nice? It is not meant to be derogatory by any means when at some point in your career you are in "have a nice life" mode. Just do your job exceptionally well while the next steps are in motion.