"You may delay, but time will not." Benjamin Franklin
I am constantly amazed by how many high performers I work with don't think beyond their current role.
They become so consumed by being the best now that they don't think about the long term.
I have lost count of the number of execs I know that have busted their chops for their company only to be made redundant (or worse) due to an M&A, a global restructure, a market downturn, corporate crisis or myriad of other factors beyond their control.
It is true that one of the best ways to increase the likelihood of your next role being great is to do your current one exceptionally, but that is not enough.
So many of the variables that determine the longevity of your current role are out of your control. That being the case you'd better make sure you're focused on the variables you can do something about.
Don't wait till someone else decides for you that you need to make your next career move.
Start planning today.