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Three courage habits to advance your career

Three courage habits to advance your career

“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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Are you too comfortable in your current situation? Do you need methods to challenge yourself?

Are you too comfortable in your current situation? Do you need methods to challenge yourself?

The 10 points below will help bring you methods to challenge yourself and get out of the status quo.

  1. Identify your personal and professional goals to ensure you keep progressing. Write down your goals and let those close to you know what they are. If you aim high it is best to set big, audacious goals.
  2. Never stop learning. Attend a class in your field every couple of months to keep your finger on trends and keep progressing. This learning will renew your expertise and expand your knowledge in your field.
  3. Identify the learning when you don’t succeed. Then be sure to spend time learning the lesson well.
  4. When you do succeed, identify why this happened and remember to apply this again in a new situation.
  5. Be honest with yourself. Discover what strengths you have and your areas for improvement. Don’t be afraid to discuss the times you applied your strengths with others. This highlights areas that easily motivate you and will round out your understanding of the use of your strengths. Work on your areas for improvement to limit the damage this could cause to your life and career.
  6. Crave feedback and ask for it. You will strengthen your ability to hear constructive feedback and learn ideas that will help you succeed over the long term.
  7. Choose the road not taken. Lose your fear of the unknown and look into pathways that are not where everyone else is going. By doing this you strengthen your ability to do new things.
  8. Be curious and interested in new people, and new ideas. This will keep your mind and your social circle fresh. There is so much going on these days expanding your social circle is good for you as new people will bring forward new topics that you couldn’t know alone.
  9. Narrow your learning and expertise so you can become an expert in a topic. Spending time on topics that motivate you helps you create knowledge and expertise. When you do this you will recognize and realize your power to create.
  10. Determine what you are afraid of and dive into these areas. Looking at your fears directly makes them shrink or go away.

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Are You Ready to Make Career Progress?

Are You Ready to Make Career Progress?

Are you sitting back or leaning forward?

The following actions can ensure you are ready to work and advance in your career.

Put yourself out:

Taking risks ensures you are challenging yourself. You may feel uncomfortable but this will pay off as challenge leads to professional growth. Putting your ego on the line actually makes movement and progress possible, staying too comfortable doesn’t. Taking risks enables you to grow and change because your environment is constantly changing around you.  

Stay connected:

When you connect with others do so in a generous way. Tim Sanders the author of Love is the Killer App says to give compassion, information and any connections you have to others. Being giving helps the bond between you grow and doors open for you. Sometimes the generosity comes right back at you. If you are generous first, you have a right to ask. So take one ask with you to your networking meetings, but make sure you have opened the door by giving first.

Build your expertise:

Stay current by learning about trends, issues, and advances in your field. Seek out opportunities to advance your skillset and learn. Dig in and resolve problems others are having trouble with and unable to resolve. Problems can be resolved through research and thought. You can choose to advance your learning within any problem area that pops up for you personally or in your field. In that way, you become an expert.

Learn to tell your story:

Your skill set has been developed through your past experience. Figure out how you gained expertise and talk about skillsets you are motivated to develop further. You can use these stories and trajectories to convey your motivation. You can also ask others how you could use and advance these skillsets thereby developing them further.

Be responsive:

Say yes to invitations; respond to emails, texts, and calls. This activity will make you visible and your input and presence will be felt. In this way, you will be leaning into assisting others and developing your connections in your field and community. Making your presence felt by others gives them a sense that you are a person who makes progress and they will know you are ready to work and make advances in your career.

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How to Advance Your Career Even If You Don't Have a Job

How to Advance Your Career Even If You Don't Have a Job

Many people think they need a job to make progress in their career. You don't need a job to make progress. Over time doing things that create forward momentum may create the work you need. So don't wait to start doing these career advancing moves. 

  1. Promote your progress. Let those with the authority to spend money and make decisions know the advances you are making in your learning, networks, and knowledge of their industry.
  2. Do your homework. Research the leading organizations and individuals in your field. Learn what they are doing to stay ahead.
  3. Have your finger on the pulse. Know what the emerging issues and trends are within your industry.
  4. Put your hand up. Volunteer within your industry association or on the board of an organization with a cause you are passionate about. Volunteering is a way you can expand your network and build your skills.
  5. Broaden your network in your field. You can attend industry events with a goal of meeting 3 new people at each event. You can let your current network know that you want to expand your network. Ask yourself are there people you should get in front of? 
  6. Find a mentor (or two). Spend time with people in your field who are further along the career path or considered experts in your industry.
  7. Polish your online profiles. Keep the information current on these public profiles, so that your contacts can be up to date on your progress.
  8. Push your passion forward. Advance your knowledge and abilities in areas of your career where you are truly motivated. This will be fun and rewarding as the learning and knowledge add to your skill sets.
  9. Take a risk. Put more skin in the game by putting yourself out more. You could organize an event, write an article, or offer to do a talk. Your efforts and learning can open doors, allowing you to meet new people, develop new opportunities, and give you new information and energy.
  10. Chart a career path for your career progress. What skills do you need as you round out your experience and move forward on your career path?

You can learn the skills you will require through;

  • taking a course,
  • researching and learning on your own,
  • writing an article and posting it,
  • volunteering, or
  • finding an expert or mentor.

These actions will advance your process, add to your knowledge base and network. Even if you don't have work, setting goals and carrying out some of these actions will move you closer to getting work that you would enjoy and shine at.

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