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“No Excuses” Monthly Guide to Transforming My Career

Count the number of times you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to be more intentional about working on your career. By the end of January, work and life have gotten so busy, you haven’t done anything. ‘My career’ gets pushed farther down on your to-do list.

Contributing to the problem is the fact that you don’t know what to do to manage your career, so you do nothing. Or, you sporadically try a little bit of ‘this’ and a little bit of ‘that’. How’s that working for you?

YOU make the biggest difference whether your career goes anywhere. If you’re not consistently, strategically and diligently taking action on your career, you’ll be disappointed with where you end up.

My best advice…don’t try to do everything at once. Your career is a marathon, not a sprint.

Make a habit of taking one step every month related to your career. Your progress is certain to compound over time.

What would those steps be, you ask? I’ve taken the guess work out for you. I created a guide to walk you through practical actions that you can take every month of the year…small steps that will make a big difference!

Stop the overwhelm, frustration and exhaustion when it comes to what to do about your career.

Click here to download your personal “No Excuses” Guide for Transforming My Career.

Print a copy of this guide for reference throughout the year. Adapt the timing based on the performance management cycle in your organization. You also can begin or pick back up anytime during the year…just go to the current month to get started!

What Is The Fundamental Career Mistake That May Be Holding You Back?

Most “up and coming” professionals believe that you have to be the best at ‘getting the job done’.

You have to prove yourself… prove that you are the most committed and capable.  

You stay absorbed in your work, head down outworking everyone else on your team.

While you may be working hard, you may not be working smart…as it relates to managing your career.

Your biggest mistake?

You’re almost exclusively focused on ‘the work’.

Yet, when leaders make promotion decisions, that’s not the primary deciding factor.

You go through your career checking the boxes…. if you go get this experience, if you achieve these outcomes, you’ll be in line for the next role.

But, what typically happens is that the rules change…there are other skills and experiences that you don’t have that you’re told you need…. the bar moves.

In the interviews for my book, FuelForward: Discover Proven Practices to Fuel Your Career Forward, Ralph de Chabert, Chief Diversity Officer for Brown-Forman Corporation shared this perspective: “We continue to struggle with the notion of merit, wanting to believe that’s real. And we want folks to believe that positions are earned through dint of sheer effort, i.e., people grow in an organization because they were rewarded solely for the results achieved through their hard work – I got this position because I earned it.”

What seems so unfair is that when you look at others around you who are landing those promotions, they are no more qualified or capable than you.

Can it simply be that your face doesn’t fit?

Or, is there more to it…

What’s the difference?

What are they doing differently?

What do you need to do differently to achieve your full potential  as an “up and coming” leader and breathe new life into your career?

And if you’re serious about taking action and taking back control of your career…

 Download my guide for 5 Ways to Breathe New Life Into Your Career.