So you have it in your mind to move up in your career. But what do you do to make it happen? Well, you should take some comfort in knowing that the first step in this process is actually deciding what you want to do next. What I find to be helpful is to write it down. There is power in actually putting your thoughts on paper…or in today’s world, typing a note in your phone. So now there is more work to do. You see, the thing about change that scares people is the fact that in order to make a change you have to “upset the apple cart.”
If anyone tells you that they love upsetting their routines and giving time up from what they are doing to pursue a new goal, they are probably not being truthful. But you are different. You are different because you have committed to taking the next step in the process. Gone are the days of contemplation. Now, you are ready to put the plan(s) into action. You know what it is going to take to get started and thing you have everything covered. But do you really have it all worked out?
The challenge to anyone looking to make things better for themselves starts with adversity. Adversity can manifest itself in many different ways. The most common way is in the form of the people close to you who don’t share your vision. Whether it is a spouse, other relatives, friends or co-workers, you will always have to be mindful that the people close to you may also be a barrier to the changes that you want to make. Whether those changes are in your education, professional development or on a personal level, sharing your vision can be upsetting to others around you on different levels.
So what do you do? Well, it really depends on the level of friction that is being created by those around you. Hopefully, you are surrounded by people who want to see you be happy and to succeed. That is the best case scenario. Unfortunately, most of us have people around us who may not be that supportive. Whatever you do, keep the lines of communication open. You don’t want to shut people out of your life simply because they don’t agree with your vision. Rather, you should remain open to listening to what they have to say. It doesn’t mean you are going to stop chasing your goals. It does mean that if there is something in the message they are conveying that will help you achieve your goal, be open to it.
Now you have to carve out time in your day to make it happen. Whether that is taking online courses, going to campus or attending seminars, taking action is the most empowering thing you can engage in. There is never going to be a better feeling than being able to look back after you have achieved the goal you had in mind. So take the long road if it means you can achieve the goal and fulfill your dream.
Now what? So you got the certificate or degree. Now what will you do? Well if you haven’t been working on this already, you have to update that resume…or make one if you don’t have it and start to look for that next role. Be confident in your presentation of yourself. You deserve to enjoy the fruits of your labors. There isn’t a more gratifying feeling than to confidently interview for that next role and to hear the words: you’re hired.