Over the years I have learned a lot about achieving my own career goals. I have been extremely fortunate to work for and develop my own growth within some of the largest, most well-known and well reputed companies in the world (such as IBM and craresources). I have also benefited by working with small startups and “mom and pop” shops.
Throughout my tenure as a professional, I have been asked to coach and mentor many individuals as they progress throughout their career and today I would like to introduce 5 strategies that I believe will effectively guide you in growing your own career to the next level.
1) Create a daily list showing your successes and failures. Not only should you extol your successes, but you should closely analyze what you did to accomplish them. Would you consider some of your successes accidents (which begs the question of whether there are really accidental successes…)? Or were those successes the results of method and discipline? With the same scrutiny, you should also evaluate your failures so you can learn from them. Diligently study what caused the failures, what you could have done differently to affect a different outcome, and put action plans into place to ensure you don’t repeat those same mistakes.
2) Be disciplined in setting goals. Focusing on setting goals which are highly desirable, specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and have real due dates is imperative when it comes to career growth. Remember that almost achieving your goals is a failure, so be sure to write your goals down in a way that will result in a higher probability of reaching them using phrases like:
- “On or before December 31, 2021…” – which actually results in giving yourself permission to achieve your goal before the due date. After all, it is easier to achieve a goal “on or before” December 31st than “exactly on” December 31st.
- “…I will have earned at least $1,000.” – let’s face it, it is easier to earn at least $1,000 (maybe $1,001 dollars?) than it is to earn exactly $1,000.
Then read those goals daily in order to stay focused. Establishing a well thought out and well executed goal strategy is critical if you want to grow within your career.
3) Create a plan to reach your goals. One of my mentor’s favorite sayings is: “if you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” Along those same lines, Geoffrey James of Inc.com made a statement in one of his articles that really resonated with me: “…if I don’t take action, I will fail by default…” ¹. Build an action plan which will provide a step-by-step guideline for you to obtain your goals. And then, be faithful in your execution!
4) Always, always focus on doing the right thing. Napoleon Hill stated: “I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure unless built upon truth and justice, therefore I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects.” ²
5) Give yourself permission to be afraid, but do it anyway.
- John Wayne said “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
- Winston Churchill stated “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
- Theodore Roosevelt declared “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
- And we at craresources believe: “Success is just a result. Failure is just a result. Fail as fast as possible so you can learn from your mistakes.”
Investing in a Lifetime of Success,
(1) Geoffrey James “8 Beliefs That Make You More Resilient” http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/8-beliefs-that-make-you-more-resilient.html?nav=pop
(2) Napoleon Hill “Laws of Success” Copyright 1928, published by The Ralston University Press, p245
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