Are you in a position where you want to be in a leadership role but are not sure what you can do to get there?
Do you see managers who just don’t know what they’re doing and are constantly asking you to do their job?
Do you see new roles and positions being posted in companies you’d like to work for but you’re unsure if your qualifications match their requirements?
Do you count yourself out before even trying?
If you so, I need you to stop immediately. Here’s why:
You’re leaving money on the table
You’re not being strategic
So instead of counting yourself out, start becoming strategic on what you can do to level up and get what you deserve.
Here’s 3 things you can do today:
Be clear on what you want: Write it out. I’m not talking about goal setting. I’m talking about writing out what you want for your career. What is your ultimate position? What does it look like? How does it feel to be in that position?
Write out your ultimate job description: Again, write it down. If you had a magic wand, what would your ultimate job description look like? What are the requirements?
Assess where you are. Do you already have some, if not all, of the qualifications for your ultimate position? If not, what will it take for you to get there?
Here’s a tip:
Align your career development with your yearly goals and have your employer pay for it! All you have to do is ask. The key is to also align those goals with their objectives and how it will bring value to their organization. Sometimes it’s not paid training but job shadowing or cross training with another employee. You can be very creative here. IF you work for an organization that does not invest in employee training and development… No judgement but we need to talk :)
Don’t count yourself out. It’s never too late to start. If you’ve lost motivation, think of ways to regain that motivation like the first day on your new job.
Otherwise, what are you working towards? If you’re feeling stuck and not sure what to do, write down at least 10 things you do well and then keep writing. Build your confidence. Write your own bio. What value do you bring? Start doing some assessments on where you are and where you want to go.
You can do it! And you’re never stuck! Don’t hold yourself back from where you want to be. Do one thing everyday that gets you moving towards a goal. Because we all have been there where we’re working and working and it becomes monotonous so much so that we forget why we’re even doing this.
Everyday isn’t going to be peaches and cream and popsicles and gummy bears. But everyday can be what you make it. It’s never too late to start working towards your idea of ‘happy’.
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