There’s no better way to step into the newness of spring with four changed practices that can catapult you into a new career or advance you in your current one. It’s not as hard as you think. In fact, the old adage “change yourself and you will change your circumstances” is true.
We can set SMART Goals to turn our ideas into actionable projects. SMART Goals help us clarify our intentions with purpose, plan our time and resources wisely, and take action on the goals we want to accomplish in life.
The cool thing about these four things is that you’re not going to have to try to be different. You’re going to pick up four things to do, and they’ll magnificently revolutionize how you respond to the world, which will change your career for the better.
1. Read a Book
Reading impactful books have a way of forever changing you for the better. They impact the way you feel, think and act. Here are four that will help you to advance in your career or go for your dreams if you’re not currently doing the “job” you love most.
“Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges” by Amy Cuddy teaches people why they have what it takes and that their mere physical presence in the workplace can help to change mental energy and increase confidence.
“Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams” by Barbara Sher is an amazing book for anyone who has thought or felt that they had so many things in their life that interested them that it was hard to choose just one. The good news is that you don’t have to choose just one thing. In fact, by pursuing all that you love, you will live the best life possible. This book shows you how to do that.
“Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day,” by Todd Henry is about understanding that there are a limited amount of hours in the day and that you need to use that time wisely to maximize your impact with work, goals and anything else you are passionate about.
“Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink shows that there are three basic things that motivate people. You can tap into these motivators to achieve goals, career satisfaction and more.
2. Attend a conference or networking event
Attending a conference not only informs you of things going on in business world of Asheville, it can boost your confidence. Meeting people is a good way to not only meet like minded people, but can also help you feel more confident.
Meetup in Asheville always has different groups that may be of interest. The Chamber of Commerce also has alot of functions.
Real, live in-person connection is crucial! Even if you don’t use that connection now, it’s one more person you can reach out to if you do decide to start searching for a new position six month down the road.
3. Know Your Worth
This isn’t about measuring your worth and saying, “I’m only worth $60 thousand a year.” Actually, you are invaluable, and it’s time you understood that. It might shock you to know that you are most likely getting in your own way because most people don’t think they deserve the best. When the belief of “I am not that good” comes into your head, you will set out to ruin your success in a variety of ways. The scary thing about this is that you might not be aware of it. If there is something you really want and never seem to get it, you’re probably sabotaging your efforts to achieve it. Getting to the root of why you do what you do is the first step in reversing self-sabotage. You need to self assess and find out what you’re good at.
4. Learn Something New
You can’t move forward doing the same things that got you where you are now. You need to advance in some manner. You need to change it up. This tip goes far because there are numerous ways to do this. To boost your career, you could go to a seminar, see a movie, take a class or pick up a new hobby. Learn a new skill that’s pertinent to advancing your career. However, it doesn’t matter so much what you learn as long as it is impactful. You are where you are because of your beliefs. Self-sabotage, mentioned earlier, stems from a belief people have about themselves. They might think they don’t have what it takes to succeed or that they shouldn’t pass up the success of their parents. When you learn something new, it challenges what you believe about yourself and the world. After you have discovered your belief, you can replace it with the truth.
These are only four ways to boost your career. What it all boils down to is improving yourself. If you look for any way to become more informed, you’re going to naturally succeed in all you do.