Mary-Ann Owens and Associates

Resilience Blog

Reaching your goals with Grit

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.

Get The Resilience Blog right to your email. Blog Sign Up

Check out the Career Grit Process Here.

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.

    Get The Resilience Blog right to your email. Blog Sign Up

    Check out the Career Grit Process Here.

How to Stay Resilient

How to Stay Resilient

This poster represents ways to stay encouraged and resilient. When we use our courage to get up and move forward in our day, good things will eventually happen. 

There are a number of ways to create positive actions in the poster.

  1. Asking ourselves what went well today, helps us to see our skills and the skills in the network of people we have around us. Asking this question generates positive momentum as well. 
  2. Giving ourselves and others the benefit of the doubt is such a positive action. When we see the negatives in ourselves and others the world around us shrinks. However, when we see the positives within ourselves and others the world opens up. 
  3. Network with others and don't be afraid to meet and talk with others. I remember reading somewhere that it only takes one person to change your life. One person can bring another person or opportunity to you. So reach out to others and they will, in turn, reach out to you. Building community is also building support in your work and life. 
  4. Being prepared for meetings and being lively or passionate with others you spontaneously meet leaves a positive impression with others. This can lead to more contact and opportunities. 
  5. Sometimes we dwell on what went wrong in the day. A good way to work with this is to redo the scenario in your imagination making the situation a success. By doing this you are practicing how you want to handle a similar situation in the future. 
  6. In a difficult situation, you can be generative with it by seeing the cup half full. What can you learn and how can you keep working on or trying in this situation? The only time you need to label this a failure is if you quit trying to learn or improve. 
  7. Dive into new areas in your field. What new trends are affecting your field? How can you dive into learning more about them? In this way, you stay on top of areas as they develop. 
  8. Volunteering to do things helps you develop your skillset. Often doing things others don't want to do, like taking notes at a meeting, can help you learn important information that others aren't privy to. 

    Sign up for The Resilience Blog today and Receive 10 Ways to Create Your Own Career Success within 24 hours

    Get The Resilience Blog right to your email. Blog Sign Up

    Check out the Career Grit Process Here.

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.

Sign up for The Resilience Blog today and Receive 10 Ways to Create Your Own Career Success within 24 hours.

Get The Resilience Blog right to your email. Blog Sign Up

Check out the Career Grit Process Here.

Go To Top