“Courage is the willingness to step into whatever may be arising within yourself and in your world, no matter what it is. It is the intention to go beyond fear, beyond your comfort level, for your own benefit and the benefit of others.” Susan Piver
I really like the definition of courage above. So I dissected the quote and applied it to Career Planning Hope this stimulates some opportunities for growth.
Moving Beyond Your Fear: Many people are afraid of networking because they need to risk themselves with others. Actively doing this does support your career, though. There is a new book out entitled Your Network is Your Net Worth by Porter Gale. The title conveys the importance of networking.
It is worthwhile to dissect your fears. By analyzing your fears you take the charge out of them. By facing your fears, you can then set goals to counter and act on them. For example, if you are afraid of networking confronting your fear could start by setting up a meeting with someone you know and asking them career-related questions. This will give you experience to do even more networking and speak to others you don’t know. If you are afraid of public speaking, take a leap by giving a small talk at your workplace or in front of a community group you belong to. Starting small enables you to exercise your courage muscle enabling you to take more risks gaining more confidence.
Setting Goals that Take You Out of Your Comfort Zone: Any stretch goal would be out of your comfort zone helping you develop expertise as you go. By accomplishing goals you can ingrain what you know, expand on your knowledge, establish your reputation as an expert and increase your professional value. What are some stretch goals you could set for yourself that would challenge and advance your career progress?
Some examples of career stretch goals include;
- giving a talk at a conference in your field,
- holding an event pertinent to your field and career,
- writing an article for LinkedIn or an industry newsletter or delivering a podcast on a trend area in your field,
- becoming a thought leader in your field by demonstrating and sharing your knowledge,
- asking leaders about strategic skill development,
- mentoring or training others,
- staying up to date on trends in your field,
- or taking a course or workshop on a developing trend area in your field.
Helping Others can Benefit You: Being generous while networking benefits you. Others will have a good impression, thinking well of you. Some people you are generous with will immediately give back to you. Porter Gail says “Give, give and then get.” Helping others and volunteering can give you experience, confidence, skill development, a larger network, knowledge about yourself, a better resume and even experience in a new industry.
So let these courageous actions of moving beyond your fear, setting goals that take you out of your comfort zone, and helping others motivate you. Your actions and efforts will be rewarded many times over.
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