Have you ever heard the saying “Don’t be so hard on yourself”. Well today that quote applies to you. Yep! And no i’m not crazy. Here’s how. Sometimes we are hard on ourselves because we all of a sudden had an epiphany and think: damn I need to get started, or damn I messed up, or damn I need to level up.
As I told you before, no matter where you are in your career, you can do it. You just have to get out of your head. In addictions counseling we call it “Stinking Thinking”, because you can actually change the trajectory of your life by your thought process alone. For instance, you may say “I’m too tired to research job markets, certification, or universities today. I’ll do it tomorrow”. Now since you’ve thought that, guess what, just that quick you have pushed your time to move forward in your career to the next day. Then you sit and wonder why you are unhappy or why things aren’t happening as fast as it is for others. Here’s my words to you “Stay in your lane and get it done.” POINT. BLANK. PERIOD.
Here are 5 tips that can help you do just that:
1). Always maintain professional standards: in-person and on social media. You never know who may be looking. It could be the next person who wants to give you a better job, your company may want to give you a promotion, or a complete stranger may want to invest monetarily into YOUR CAREER. Don’t get caught up in “This is just who I am” and miss out on your blessings. Don’t get caught up in social media and think “This is my personal page I write what I want”. While this is true, that attitude can cost you.
2). PROMOTE YOURSELF! We have this cool thing called social media. Use it to your advantage. Connect with the who’s who in your market. Talk about your strengths on your social media posts. Ask questions. Ask for recommendations. Again you never know who is watching. And like the elders say, “A close mouth don’t get fed.”
3). Educate yourself. And no i’m not saying that because I am getting my Ph.D. in higher education. I’m saying that because it’s just what it is. You don’t know everything! Industries are changing everyday and people want to see what you are about no matter if they are looking to hire you, promote you, or invest you. So go out and research what education you need to possess to increase your knowledge and skill set. Because even to start my own business I had to educate myself on the process of getting a tax id and incorporating my business name. When it came to level up to get my clinical social work license in order to get a promotion I had to research what steps I had to take in order to sit for my exam. Guess what? You’re not exempt. You have to do the work.
4). Maintain a positive mindset. This will not be an easy process. So you have to make sure that you can maintain positivity throughout your journey. If not you will find yourself disgusted and wanting to quit and that’s not an option, because if it was you wouldn’t be reading this blog post. Write down some positive affirmations and put them in plain site. Download a bible app or inspirational app that will send you positive quotes everyday. These simple things will help you on those days you feel you just don’t have enough.
5). Get a mentor or coach. That’s right no matter if you are starting out, starting over, or ready to level up (get a promotion) a mentor who is doing what you want to do or a coach who can hold you accountable and is key. Why? Because they can help you save time and money that you would otherwise waste if you were fiddling through this process blindly. Trust me I know personally! This is why I am an accountability and achievement coach because I have walked the journey you are currently on, and there’s no better person to help you than someone who has been where you are.
I hope you were able to find at least one tip that could help you on your journey.
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