Five Steps For Taking Your Career From Denial to Victory
Do you have a feeling that something is wrong in your career, yet you have not done anything about it? Do you feel like something is missing in your career, but you'd prefer not to think about it?
This is called denial; when you know something is not right, but you are not acting to change it.
Denial in your career can be good. If you focused on every little thing that bothered you such as getting up early everyday, dealing with difficult co-workers, or doing work that doesn't thrill you, your career would be hard and not much fun.
Denial works against you when your career changes for the worse, and you do not do anything about it. This is when career distress wins.
When you notice a change in your career, and you know in your gut that it's not a good one for you, you have to act. This means it's time to take your career from denial to victory.
What Are the Steps to Get to Victory? See These Five Steps Below.
Step #1: You Know Something Is Off-Course
Yet, you tell yourself that it's not. You want to believe that what you are thinking or experiencing is a mistake. Maybe what is happening is too small to really pinpoint as the beginning of something big. For example, a change is made in your department, you are left out of an important meeting, or there's a rumor about layoffs or outsourcing. You know something is off-course, but you hope you are not right about your assessment.
Step #2: Something Goes Wrong
The "something wrongs" are beginning to pile up. You are left out of major decisions that affect you or the people for whom you are responsible for. People stop listening or coming to you. The politics are getting worse, or your company does something that goes against your values. One thing after another. You hope that the "wrongs" will disappear without any effort on your part. But, it becomes apparent that this will not happen without your participation.
Step #3: You Begin to Turn Your Wrong Into a Right
This requires a shift in attitude. When your attitude gets better, your circumstances get better. This is when you start talking to people about what you want to change. You research different opportunities. You begin to shift your mindset to make a change. This is a crucial step, as most goals are reached in the mind first. The rest is implementation.
Step #4: You Take Action
You put a plan together. You write down your goal with concrete steps for implementation. You put these steps into your calendar so there is a structure for making them happen. When you do not know where to turn or what to do, you write down who would help you. You are not meant to reach your career goals alone. Be clear about what you want and what steps you will take to get there. This is your pathway to victory.
Step #5: You Become Victorious
This is when you become a better person who is in a better place. You are happier and enjoying your career. You created a goal and reached it. You achieved your goals because you had the courage to do something about a situation that no longer worked for you. Congratulations to you.
So, what do you say? You only have one life to live, so it might as well be a life you love!
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