Are you standing in the way of your own career success
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Too often, the greatest obstacle standing between us and the
career levels we aspire to reach is not an external force, but
ourselves. We may have the right skill sets, experience, and
connections, but we allow our own fears and limiting beliefs to hold us
back. Instead of taking calculated risks to advance our careers, we
stay safely inside our comfort zones.
The comfort zone is a dangerous place because it offers the
illusion of security. If we choose not to venture outside of it, we
protect ourselves from the failure, rejection, and other possible
negative consequences of taking a chance. Unfortunately, we also
insulate ourselves from the opportunities available to us. Nobody has
ever achieved success by remaining in a comfort zone.
Taking the next step in your career will always involve risk
and uncertainty. Common questions range from, “Will I be able to do the
job?” to, “Will I lose the flexibility in my current schedule?” Every
important change requires courage to face the unknown, and faith that
the outcome will move you in the direction you want to go.
As you consider your next step, think about the ways in which
you may be holding yourself back. Are you hesitant to apply for a
higher-level position? Are you reluctant to ask your manager for more
responsibility? Are you remaining in a role that is unrewarding? If the
answer is yes, you are an obstacle in your own path to greater success.
Here are some steps you
that all important changes are accompanied by fear.
Sometimes our expectations are unrealistic. We assume that if a change
were meant to be, the process would be easier or less scary.
Recognizing that fear is part of the process can help to keep it in
your comfort zone incrementally. Some steps
are just too scary to take all at once. If the step you are considering
is paralyzing you with fear, break it down into incremental steps. For
example, if you’ve been thinking about applying for a new role within
your organization, but have been too afraid to take the plunge, take
some interim steps. Get to know the group’s manager, or other people on
the team. Learn about what the group does, the challenges they face,
and the expectations they have of group members. The more information
you have, the more confidently you can decide whether to pursue the new
limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs are such
a powerful force in our lives. They are the lenses through which we
view the world. Although we believe them to be unequivocally true, in
reality, they are only true because we allow them to be. If you find
yourself encountering a limiting belief, such as, “They would never
consider me for that type of role,” or, “I could never be successful at
that level,” first, notice the thought. Most of the time we don’t even
hear ourselves. And then challenge it. Do you know with absolute
certainty that that belief is true? If not, you owe it yourself to find
out. Don’t allow an unsubstantiated assumption to stand in the way of
Advancing your career requires you to put yourself out there.
If you are committed to moving ahead, but hide behind the curtain of
your comfort zone, you will never achieve your goals. Ultimately, you
need to decide what is more important to you: shielding yourself from
the possibility of failure, or opening yourself up to the possibility
of greater fulfilment.
Some people experience fear, but are able to sufficiently
manage it so that it’s not disruptive to their careers. Others struggle
with fear in a way that is far more damaging. If your career is
suffering because of your inability to manage your fear and limiting
beliefs, find someone to help you. Consider seeking the support of a
mentor, coach, or even a therapist. There are plenty of challenges on
the road to career success. Don’t allow yourself to be the greatest
obstacle you face.
About the Author
Kim Meninger works with professionals who are feeling stuck in their careers, struggling to reach higher levels, or navigating challenging career transitions. Kim helps professionals clarify their career vision, identify career options that best align with their skills and interests, and apply job search strategies to more quickly and effectively find new opportunities and achieve their unique career goals.
Prior to coaching, Kim had a highly successful corporate career managing strategic business partnerships at EMC Corporation and Monster Worldwide. She attributes much of her success to her strategic approach to career management. Kim is passionate about helping other professionals use similar strategies to reach their full potential and maximize their career success.
Kim is a certified career coach and founder of Great Heights Coaching. She has a BA in psychology and an MBA with a concentration in organizational leadership from
Boston College. She also holds certifications in career and life coaching from the Life Purpose Institute. Kim is a CCE Board Certified Coach and an authorized facilitator of Now What?®, a Life Blueprint program. For more information, visit www.GreatHeightsCoaching.com. Authors Google+
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-03-06 08:05:16 in Personal Articles