Note: In honor of International Coaching Week (May 17–23, 2021.) I’ve been sharing a special training with you called Reach Your Career Peak. For the last 10 days, you’ve received tips and tactics designed to help you reach the top of your career field. Today is the last post in this series. If you have any questions, feel free to drop them in the comments here or on social media where I’m posting a series of video trainings as well.
You’re probably doing pretty well in your career. You did well in college, You’ve got a good job. You’re starting to catch the eye of your supervisor and receive kudos. So why aren’t you moving up the corporate ladder?
There’s still something stopping you from reaching your peak. Maybe you’re not quite where you want to be. Maybe your career trajectory feels like it’s stalled a little or even plateaued. As we reach the end of our 10 day “Reach Your Career Peak” series, let’s look at four big things that commonly stop people from reaching their career peak.
We all do it. Putting off doing mundane or difficult tasks is all too human. But the longer you delay making that phone call or having that tricky conversation, the worse it’s going to get. You know deep down that you should just do it.
The other big area of procrastination is failing to act. How many good ideas have you had, but you haven’t acted on, because you weren’t ready, or you didn’t have the right skills or enough money yet? There will never be the perfect or right time to start a business, launch a project, get more training, or pitch a new idea. The right time to act is now. And don’t forget acting on an idea doesn’t mean you leap into the final product straightaway. Acting means doing your research, allocating budget, testing the market, and even scheduling your time. If you stop procrastinating and start planning, you’ll be ready for success when it comes.
Fear of failure
Fear of failure stops you from taking risks and seizing opportunities. It can be paralyzing, but only if you let it. And to free yourself from the fear of failure you need to reframe what failure means for you. Failure does not mean disaster. It means you haven’t found out what works yet. Remember Edison? He famously failed to invent the working light bulb more than a thousand times before he hit on the right formula.
The converse of failure is persistence. And persistence will out-perform talent every time. Persistence will be what propels you forward when everyone else quits.
Staying focused is the key to achieving success. It’s easy to be distracted by side issues and the demands of your email or phone but staying productive requires attention and focus. Make it easier to produce high-quality, consistent work by keeping focused on the current priorities and sticking to your plan.
Self-doubt can undermine all your efforts if you let it. The best thing you can do to build your confidence is to stop comparing yourself to others. Your success story is totally up to you. Look back, see all the steppingstones that brought you to where you are now. You have the skills, and you have the know-how to get where you want to go.
Your Reach the Peak action for today is look at what might be holding you back and decide how you’ll keep it from impacting your success journey any longer.
I created the Career Accelerator to give you the tools to clarify your journey and get a clear picture of where you are coming from in one location, so you aren’t fumbling your way searching the internet for hours. It takes all the guess work out of planning your next career move by…
- Giving your specific templates you can use to build your network of connections,
- Using the assessments to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses,
- Using the guides to learn how to have valuable conversations with your current supervisors so you can plant the seed of promotion early,
- Following our step-by-step system to build an online profile that showcases your worth to an organization,
- Learning to build relationships with key people at your current company, and
- Creating personal marketing materials, like resumes and cover letters, that make a hiring manager or recruiter take notice.
If you want to reach your career peak faster and easier, I’m offering you a chance to check all of this out for just a dollar. There’s no catch or long-term commitment. I know that successful people invest in themselves and I’ve set up this site so it’s easy to use and fits in any schedule. If you will take just 15 minutes a day to work through a lesson, you’ll see growth and others will notice too.
I hope you’ve gained insight and learned tips you can use to reach the peak in your career. However, 10 days isn’t enough to share all the information you need to reach the peak of your career. That’s why I created the Career Accelerator. If you’re ready to invest in yourself, inside you’ll find all the tools to help you build an attention getting online profile and learn to communicate your worth to your current and future employers.
You’ve made so much progress over the last 10 days, don’t let it stop.
Thanks for joining me on this 10-day journey. I congratulate you on taking this massive first step and I wish you Successfully Ever After.
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