There’s only one person in charge of your growth…YOU

We hear that the workforce today is whiney and maybe you’d hear the word entitled. What caused that? Are you a person that thinks that if you’re the best sales person you deserve a raise or promotion? Have you been at your job for over 5 years and its just time they made you manager? If you have answered yes to either of those two questions, pay very close attention…YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. Sure, you may luck out and get that promotion, but that entry level is all you’ll get. It’s time to grow yourself, take a hold on your future, and challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone.
Out of comfort zone by Saksham Singh licensed by CC0

What is your comfort zone?

Your comfort zone is your little bubble. Somewhere that no one can get under your skin, somewhere that you’re not pushed to do extra work. You’re coasting in your comfort zone, almost complacent. It’s easy to just stick to the comfort zone, which is where we find entitlement. You’re comfortable in what you do but you don’t take on any challenges to expand yourself. Carolyn Gregoire wrote 6 Reasons to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone which shows the why behind getting our of your comfort zone. So how do you get out of it? Cylon George lined out the how’s for you in 10 Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Enjoy Taking Risks. I challenge you to find your own ways to get out of that funk and be more valuable! Feel free to share below your best practices!

Now that you’re motivated, what next?

That’s an excellent question. I see you’ve stepped up and are ready for the challenge, but where in the word do you start? Goals, my friend. It’s all about the goal setting practice. Goals just aren’t “I’m going to read an article every day.” You must ask yourself is your goal following the SMART model? If not, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

SMART Goals by Aaron Davis licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

We’ve got a clear goal, it’s time for a nasty word: Accountability

Consider the following new definition of accountability: “A personal choice to rise above one’s circumstances and demonstrate the ownership necessary for achieving desired results — to See It, Own It, Solve It, and Do It.” ASME.org Accountability doesn’t have to be bad. It doesn’t have to solely come up when performance is down. You must take hold of your goals by holding yourself accountable. You have to have the maturity, discipline, and organization to successfully sit down and follow up on your actions. Is there a word that stands out to you in the above definition? Let’s revisit the words. “A personal CHOICE to RISE ABOVE one’s circumstances and demonstrate the OWNERSHIP necessary for achieving desired RESULTS — to See It, OWN It, Solve It, and DO It.”

It’s your time to shine!

You’ve reached your goal! You worked hard, swallowed your pride, and held yourself on a higher standard. What’s next? You’re allowed to celebrate, I promise. Buy yourself that new briefcase, get a massage, it’s ok to reward yourself. But now that you’ve conquered the mountain, is there a higher mountain to scale? Do you have your sights set on bigger things? Take some time to learn and enjoy your position. If a promotion was a result, take at least two years before you start applying again. One year to learn the position, the next to master it and best yourself. Lastly, use those successes to teach others. Be a mentor. Be a coach. Be valuable to society.