3 Steps to Getting a Breakthrough in Your Career
Have you done everything you can to get to the next level in your career, but feel like you're not progressing fast enough?
Whether you've been stuck in a job you're no longer passionate about and haven't been able to change careers, or you're trying to advance to a more senior position but no one seems to think you're ready ... you're at a loss.
You don't know what you need to do differently to get a role that truly excites you, challenges you and matters to you... a role that transforms you into a leader who makes a difference in the company and in the world.
If you feel this way, I want you to know I get it.
Few things are more frustrating than putting your blood sweat and tears into what you do, only for your manager to give you an average score at your performance review and say "You're not yet ready."
And what adds salt to the wound is seeing younger professionals progress, seeing colleagues in your team get the promotion you missed out on, seeing other professionals become influencial in your industry, while you sit at the same desk, doing the same job, doing the same thing.
And you wonder, "Am I really not yet good enough to get to the next level? Am I being too ambitious, too impatient and should I let go of my goals and focus my attention on something else?"
Before you second guess yourself... I want to assure you, you will progress in your career soon. Very soon.
Just not quite the way you imagined.
First you have to get clear on the number one thing that's slowing you down or stopping you from progressing.
A mistake I've seen many clients make is think the reason they're not progressing is because of external circumstances. They say "Recruiters don't think I'm the right candidate for the new job I want," or "My boss doesn't think I'm ready," or "People don't really get promoted to executive positions in my company."
And while all those reasons certainly make things more challenging, the number one thing slowing you down or stopping you is ... you.
How do I know?
Well, there's a thing marathon runners are familiar with called "the wall."
Even though every marathon runners starts the race with the goal of completing the 26 mile race, many hit "the wall" when they reach between miles 18 and 22.
When they hit the wall, they feel exhausted.
Their legs freeze up, their shoulders hurt, and with every sluggish step they take, every muscle aches and moans. In pain, they think "I don't think I can go on... I don't know if I can make it to the end."
Some runners believe their thoughts and begin to slow down and start walking. As they see others run past them while they struggle to jog one more step, they feel even more defeated. In the end, some give up and pull out of the race.
Yet what runners who complete the race wish the quitters knew, is that if you don't listen to the voices in your head, you will breakthrough the wall.
And once you pass the wall at the 22 mile mark, everything changes. You realise you're capable of so much more than you imagined and find the strength to finish the race.
If you listen the voices in your head that make you doubt yourself and those around, and stop you from doing what you need to do to reach your goals, you'll struggle to breakthrough your own wall.
People who doubt themselves and feel frustrated with those around them, act like someone who isn't competent.
People who believe in themselves and believe people want to support them, act like someone who's confident, competent and full of growth potential.
What would you do differently if you knew you that right now, as you are, you are capable of the career breakthrough you're looking for? What would you do differently if you knew life would be vastly easier if you just got past the wall?
If you want to progress in your career, here are three steps you can take to breakthrough your wall.
STEP 1: IDENTIFY THE WALL YOU NEED TO BREAKTHROUGH
Think about any thoughts you've had about all the reasons why you haven't been promoted or gotten to the next level in your career yet.
What do you worry you're not capable of? Who do you feel doesn't believe in you?
STEP 2: SEE HOW YOU'VE BEEN ACCIDENTALLY SLOWING YOURSELF DOWN OR STOPPING YOURSELF FROM PROGRESSING
What impact have your thoughts had on the decisions you've made and the actions you've taken?
What opportunities have you passed on because of how you feel? What ways has your behaviour with key decision makers affected how they perceive you?
Get present to the ways your thoughts have led you to act in ways that are not consistent with what you truly want.
STEP 3: IDENTIFY WHAT YOU NEED TO DO DIFFERENTLY
Once you've identified what's been slowing you down and tackle it, you're ready to discover and take actions that'll help you progress in your career.
What daily routine can you have to help you have the energy and clarity to do your best work everyday?
What new beliefs can you have that'll give you the courage, creativity and strength to do challenging things you've avoided?
What actions can you take to build stronger relationships with key decision makers and influence the way they perceive you.
What do you need to learn on a weekly or monthly basis to help you grow and develop faster than ever before?
If you focus on doing small things that help you be productive, energetic and make smart decisions, you'll reach your goal faster than you imagined.
And that's it.
I'd love to know what you think. What's one thing that helps you to persevere at work when things are challenging? Leave a comment below.
Hundreds of incredible people read this blog every week and your comment may help someone else get a breakthrough too. I can't wait to read your comment.