Charting the trajectory of your professional life can appear, at first glance, to be a daunting prospect. Many of us at Equilibrium Marketing Solutions have felt the same way. We’ve found that there are several areas that you can emphasize to bring your planning into clear focus, however, and they will allow you to tackle the things that matter and leave the rest by the wayside.
- Focus on Skills, Not Promotions: As our experts at Equilibrium Marketing Solutions note, it can be easy to mistake promotions in title for progression in professional life. In fact, increasing your ability to tackle various goals with efficiency and grace is more important than chasing fancy titles and corner offices. With a broad base of experience and expert skills, you’re likely to be promoted – but the skills come first.
- Don’t Assume Managers Are Judgmental: Yes, it’s true that people in leadership roles in your company are often tasked with offering helpful criticism. Take the attitude that this is for encouraging growth, not putting you down. Allow these leaders, as we do at Equilibrium Marketing Solutions, to assume the roles of coaches rather than judges.
- Believe in Your Abilities: Don’t fall into the trap of self-doubt. Instead, concentrate some of your energies on believing that you are more than capable of achieving the things you put your mind to, whether they involve becoming a better public speaker or learning to write blogs.
Do you have additional advice about planning your career? Don’t keep it to yourself!