He who has a “why” to live can bear almost any “how”. – Frederich Nietzsche
The desire to better oneself is an inherent part of human nature. That’s why I’ve written a few articles recently around improving your circumstances by improving yourself as a person. Today I’d like to continue the same theme by talking about how to upgrade your career.
Let me start by asking–do you have a heart open to answering some difficult questions?
Are you ready to do this? Let’s dive in:
Are you realizing your full professional potential in your current career?
One of the great travesties I’ve found in networking with other professionals is that many of them are not realizing the full measure of their potential. The saddest part is many of them freely admit that they are capable of so much more, but are simply afraid to do something different.
The fear of change and challenge is a debilitating issue indeed. Being honest with yourself about your current career is a crucial first step.
Are you willing to do what you must to upgrade your career?
To upgrade your career, you absolutely have to get out of your comfort zone. You will have to risk. You may have to move to a different city or state. You can expect many more hours of dedicated focus and you may have to take a step backwards in income for a season. Being naïve about the requirements will only bring about heartache and failure in the future.
Don’t feel bad if you aren’t willing to make this level of sacrifice. Most people simply aren’t. Knowing and accepting your choice is an important step in being at peace with staying the course in your current career.
Do you have the unwavering support of your spouse to do this?
This one is non-negotiable, a hard line in the sand. You either have your spouse’s support to upgrade your career, or you don’t. There is no middle ground, and without it you will not succeed. Discuss openly what sacrifices would be required of both parties. The sum of unmet expectations equals disappointment. Good communication will eliminate the risk of disappointment rearing its ugly head.
Are you willing to burn the boat?
Most of us have heard the story of the military captain, who lands his boat on an island in preparation to fight a battle, then burns the boat and turns to the troops and declares “the only way you’re getting off this island is by winning the war.” Talk about motivation!
If you embark on this adventure, you’ve got to go all in. Success is simply a mindset and a decision that you have to make. You’ve got this!
If you’d like to further discuss the topics above, please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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