I am not the same person I was five years ago. Or three years ago. Or one year ago. Neither are you – and that’s a good thing!
We are in a constant state of change and the goal is for that change to be an improvement.
Have you stopped recently to think about how you have grown and the progress you’ve made? When is the last time you celebrated your successes – big and small?
What is your next professional challenge or goal? How do you want to advance personally and professionally?
- Start a business?
- Buy a home?
- Get a promotion?
- Take a solo trip?
- Earn a degree?
Elevation and evolution are ongoing processes. If you’re not growing in your career then your career is dying.
What do you feel is standing in the way of your progress? Let’s rephrase that question to shift the focus to what you want instead of what you hope doesn’t derail your progress.
- How can I get to ___________?
- What will I need to eliminate to ____________?
- What do I need to gain to _____________?
You get the picture.
In addition to reframing negative thinking, here are 5 additional ways to further your growth and advancement:
- Be honest with yourself about your goals, needs, and fears.
- Grant yourself grace. Stop criticizing yourself and comparing yourself to other people.
- Eliminate negative people and habits from your life.
- Fill your life with positivity – people, music, experiences, affirmations, and reading.
- Do at least one thing every day that brings you closer to your goals.
When working toward your goals, it is also helpful to concentrate on the process and not just the outcome. Reflect on what you are learning about yourself in the process and how you are thriving. Oh, and remember not to concentrate so much on your future goals that you forget to enjoy your present accomplishments.
Nicki Sanders, MSW, CEO, is a Career and Empowerment Strategist who helps high-performing women of color in management go from overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated to energized, well paid, and appreciated. Through Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, she also helps businesses recruit, hire, train, and retain great employees. Nicki has an extensive background in developing and managing successful programs and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life she loves. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.
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