How can you achieve career success? It can be done–many people have succeeded in reaching their career goals, which proves it’s possible. That doesn’t mean you’ll find it easy. More than likely, you’ll discover it takes major, sustained effort.
Doubt from others about your chances can throw up roadblocks to your success. On the other hand, self-doubt might prove to be your biggest “enemy.” In any case, you need to give yourself credit–you might have more ability than you or others think you do.
Of course, you first need to decide what career success looks like to you. After all, not everyone holds the same view of it. For example, you might view success as moving up through the senior management ranks to a C-level position. Someone else could see it as earning enough money to buy a home, take care of family, or go on a restful vacation every year.
You won’t know whether you’ve achieved success until you know what it is. You can’t hit a target you can’t see!
Start by believing you can achieve career success, and you’ve won half the battle. Not all of it, but a good chunk. Whether you have supporters who will back you up or have to do it alone, work to convince yourself the prize is within reach.
How can you do that? Start by reviewing past, smaller successes and take time to celebrate them a bit. View them as building-blocks to reach your end-goal. Just as “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” career success takes time and effort. However, it’s worth doing.
Next, look at actions and results you took in your career path that did not turn out the way you’d hoped. You might find clues to what went wrong and use that knowledge to make better choices in the future.
How you define career success matters, and so does believing you can achieve it. On the other hand, they might not take you all the way to your goal. The persistence and determination you apply to pursuing it often turn out to make the key difference between failure and success. What’s more, you might hit more than one failure–maybe even a series of them–before you achieve success.
As science fiction writer Isaac Azimov once said, “If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success–but only if you persist.” His statement referred to writing and getting published, but it applies to career success in many ways.
Remember: You can’t get there if you give up!
P.S. Thanksgiving is around the corner, and year-end won’t be far behind. If I can help speed up your pursuit of career success–or even your next job change–let me know! Send me your resume…schedule a call.