Are you working hard and ready for promotion?
Did you apply, but not receive an opportunity to interview?
Maybe you interviewed, nailed it, but yet were not the successful candidate.
Two years ago, I found myself obsessing to be promoted. I was anxious and frustrated because I thought hard work, integrity, and relationships were the only keys to success. I was wrong!
Fast forward... Last Sunday was my one-year anniversary in my promotion position. Here's what I learned and embraced...
1) Be a "super employee" no matter what. Yes, we don't always receive recognition, increase, or promotion as/when we think we should, but that doesn't give us a pass to stop being "super". Your work ethic is a reflection of YOU, and once tainted is very challenging to reset!
2) Don't be overtaken by checklists and life calendars. There's no perfect time, perfect world, or perfect employer. Continue to vision cast and set goals, but if things don't perfectly align... you can't go bonkers!
3) Understand YOU don't control everything. Politics and organizational culture will never cease and may trump what's "on paper". Some things are simply out of your reach... some views and preferences will never change. So lessen your stress by getting over it! woo-sah :)
4) Remove emotion in business. Believe it or not, most people don't wake up with a personal vendetta against you. Don't become the paranoid employee with a different conspiracy theory each day... or the constant crier. It's not worth the energy!
5) Don't compare yourself to others. It may be true you had longer tenure and more talent than the successful candidate. But the reality is, you weren't selected. Move on to the next opportunity!
6) There's no magic formula. You do all those "things"... education, certifications, licenses, experience, networking, etc... so that your resume isn't tossed. Those "things" don't automatically land you the promotion. Keep at it!
7) Turn inward. Is there something remaining in your current position to achieve, learn, enhance, or change? Are you ready for promotion? Can you handle promotion? Have you made plans to be successful? Don't move too soon!
8) Know what others think. There's nothing worse than "thinking" you're a star, while others avoid your presence. Does your attire, conversation, and attitude reflect the promotion you desire? Ask for feedback. Be receptive of constructive criticism. Watch for the cues (some call this "organizational awareness" or "sensors"). Reform!
9) Know what the boss wants. Don't waste time doing things that aren't a priority to your boss and/or the organization. Those things may be good and also beneficial, but they don't rank to the person(s) above you. Remember the saying, "I love what my boss likes!" (If that saying makes you cringe, consider entrepreneurialism.)
10) Hold the boss accountable. Although it's very uncomfortable, ask your boss the sucker-punch question... with pen and paper in hand... "What do I need to do to get to the next level?" Staple your mouth shut and listen for comprehension, not defense. Don't stop there... write down actions to support each item and regularly... and proactively... SHOW your progress!
Transparency moment ---> when the "10 step list" didn't cut it and I still wanted to have a tantrum, I referenced these passages...
Ephesians 6:7 NIV "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people."
Colossians 3:23 NIV "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."
Psalm 75:6-7 NIV "No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves ("promotion" KJV). It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another."
As I let go and let God, while continuing to do my earthly part, I was relieved of the anxiety and frustration. I became happier, not complacent, with myself, my work, and my current situation. I am yet working toward my goals, but I no longer allow them to consume me!
How do you overcome the pressure of achieving your goals? I'd love to hear your tips!
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