Whether you are a business owner or an employee, careers can can create joy and fulfillment. Or, they can create frustration and helplessness.
Which are you experiencing right now in your career momentum?
I’ve done a lot of work with career changers looking for more momentum through my Career Core Strengths program. One thing almost always comes up when we begin and that is the question of “should I stay or should I go?” I’ve been there myself. These are often the reasons I hear:
- I don’t want to be a quitter just because of a few bad months. Maybe it will get better.
- I’m scared I won’t find anything else or I don’t have the skills to do something else.
- I don’t even know what my passion is so I might as well stay here until I figure it out.
- I don’t want to disappoint anyone.
- I need the money.
- I’m scared to try something new because of my family or my current financial status.
These same fears often come into play when you are ready to ask for a promotion or a new position. Being scared to take a leap is hard. Regardless of whether it is to further your existing career or start a new one.
So to find momentum and abundance in your career, I have 5 tried and true steps to challenge you with that I have personally seen work time and again. You will procrastinate on some of them (spoiler alert: those are the ones you NEED to be doing).
- Get up close and personal with your strengths. Pay attention to what tasks make you feel accomplished. At work and at home. Understanding what gives you a sense of satisfaction and pride helps you to not only exercise those strengths more (which immediately increases your satisfaction at work) but also opens your eyes to what other roles might be fulfilling for you.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and need. If you are looking for more responsibility or a growth plan, don’t be afraid to ask your boss to have that conversation. If you are a business owner, don’t be afraid to ask for the business. If you are seeking a new job, don’t be afraid to ask for advice, help or connections. If you don’t ask, it can’t happen. Your boss and your clients can’t read your mind and they are worrying about their own success, not yours. So, speak up!
- Make it simple. We love to simplify things, don’t we? Cliffs notes, recipes, simple solutions. Do yourself a favor. Take some time to wrap your head around what you really want next. Write it out in the most honest, detailed form you can. You’re the only one who has to see it. Then, begin to write out the action steps it will take to get there. Keep them small and bite sized, like a recipe for forward movement.
- Focus on what CAN be done. Wayyyyy too often we focus on what can’tbe done, resulting in us staying stuck. What if, instead, you trained your brain to focus on what you can do right now? What action steps can you take? Can you look for other available positions? Of course. Can you begin the conversations with your boss? You bet. Can you start marketing your business and telling people you are looking for new clients? Sure thing. What can you do today to start gaining momentum?
- Set strong boundaries. What do you need and by when? Communicate clearly what is necessary for you to be happy. Stick to the facts when asking. When you do this, other people’s actions don’t feel so personal and your explanations/requests won’t feel defensive or needy. Having strong boundaries helps you get what you need to be successful and clearly establishes what you want to be happy. I could write an entire post on just this topic!
If you get nothing else from today’s challenge, get this: you have to be clear on what you want next for yourself before anyone else can be. Once you commit to focusing on clarity for yourself, the rest will naturally fall into place, I promise.
If you need help with that, I am all in to support you! Shoot me a message and let’s talk!