Do you procrastinate over making decisions about your career, leaving your success to chance?
A few years ago, I did a seminar for the Coventry and Warwickshire Young Professionals titled ‘A great way to get ahead in your career and it’s much better than leaving it to chance’. It was about developing the ability to step out of your comfort zone and take control to enable you to achieve a fulfilled and successful career, full of opportunities and enjoyment.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? All you need to do is take control and you will be successful and happy.
If only it was that simple. If it was, I would certainly be out of a job! This is certainly a case of ‘easier said than done’, but why? Why is it so hard to take control of our own lives? Why do people need my help?
Procrastination, procrastination, procrastination…
Yes, we procrastinate.
I am sure you have been guilty of procrastinating, finding it creeping into your decision-making process and casting doubt on your great ideas.
Think about it. What was the last big thing you wanted to achieve in your career?
- A promotion at work?
- A better work life balance? (Given we spend 70% of our waking energy on work, unsurprisingly I hear this one a lot.)
- A career change?
What happened next? Did you achieve it?
We all want things from our working lives, but often it stops there. Procrastination takes control and we do nothing about it. We leave success to chance.
However, it doesn’t have to end there. You don’t have to leave your career progression to chance. If you want to get ahead, there is a more beneficial and reliable way….
Just do it….
- Do something about it: Become aware of the challenges you face at work and the resources available to overcome them– don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do (it may never happen).
- Do try different things: if what you are doing is not working, try something else. For example, if you are constantly running out of time to complete work – research different time management techniques and adapt the way you work. It could be as simple as turning off your emails for parts of the day as emails are a big distraction.
- Do think long term – Think to the future. What are you aiming for? Make an action plan to help you to move forward in the most efficient way.
Needing more inspiration? Have a look at this:
As Art says, just do it! Take control and do it – this is much better than leaving your career to chance.
If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t see the view (Harvey Mackay)