Most people like to step forward. But what would it be like to step up?
“You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal.” ~ Chuck Carlson
If you’re like most people, you don’t want to trade a job you don’t like for another one you don’t like! You want something better. Are you willing to step forward, to step up your career?
Maybe you know what you want and you’re just not sure how to get there. Or maybe you aren’t sure at all of what you want, you just know things aren’t working. Good news -at least you know where you are! Next you can make a plan – to step forward and up. Steps for Life is a simple process that quickly gets you where you want to go.
What is strategy? A plan, method or series of maneuvers or “stratagems” for obtaining a specific goal or result. Where do you start? At the beginning!
It all starts with a simple question – what is most important to you in your career? Do you need a job search plan? Resume overhaul? Interview preparation? Do you want to develop your brand? Improve your leadership skills? What is most important to you? Once that comes into view, take your first step – prepare a strategy.
Tools are needed to execute the strategy. Tools may include education and training, to fill in any needed information gaps. Other tools transform thinking. A strategy is one thing, but if you don’t have faith to believe in yourself, you’ll stop stepping. Affirmations, visualization, meditation, and journaling are a few tools used to form proper mind set and success thinking. Then there are practical tools, like planners, calendars, to-do lists etc. that track progress. Tools facilitate change.
What needs to be embraced? Change. When you step, you change places. Things are different. Loss is involved. And with loss comes grief. That can be scary for some, exciting for others. Either way, change can be stressful. Even positive change! Having change on the radar helps to manage the various stages that go along with grief. And when it hits, you can say – oh, just feeling a bit of change…it will pass!
Where do you turn when you feel that bit of change? Partners! Partners can be coaches, friends, accountability groups or support groups. These are the people who care enough about you and your goals, and are willing to keep you on track with accountability. They are there to listen, provide feedback, offer suggestions or resources, and to celebrate your victories. Bottom line – they help to reinforce your commitment to stepping forward towards your goals.
Once your mind is engaged and momentum is building, executing the strategy becomes exciting and rewarding. Why? Because you see results. You’ve scored! You’re no longer where you were. You’ve moved. Taking steps leads to confidence. Confidence leads to enthusiasm. And enthusiasm leads to elevated expectations and more scoring! Meaning, you will naturally want more for yourself and have the energy to follow through. Not only with your original goals, but with new ones, too. Scoring small victories adds up to big success!