Turn Success Into A Destination

Turn Success Into A Destination

How many times have you heard, if you want to get somewhere, you need to know where you’re going. You probably can’t even keep track.  Of course you know that. But have you ever taken the time to write out not just what your goals are, but the whys behind them? Your reasons for choosing the objectives you’ve chosen? What it is about yourself that makes you think you’d be good at this thing you’ve decided to focus your energy on?

 

Ask yourself some questions

To figure out your strengths and the sorts of things that truly inspire you, ask yourself, What values do I want to bring to my life’s work?  Those could be things like integrity, leadership, entrepreneurship.

 

What makes me excited to get up in the morning? Are you more excited about trying new things or do you prefer the comforting predictability of routine?

 

If I could choose any job what would it be? What am I really good at? Is there an intersection between what you’re really good at and what you would love to do? Can you create one?

 

Who are the people I admire most? What attributes do they have that I can find in myself? You can use the successes and achievements of others as a guide for creating your own map to success.

 

A personal mission statement

It’s not quite enough to simply write down what you want to achieve. Include the impact you will have on yourself and those around you. Also include the sort of person you need to be to achieve that goal. I am a personable, engaging leader with the ability to make others feel good about themselves and their choices.

 

Marketable skills

What are you really good at? Is there something you want to get better at? What do you want to excel at? What skills do you need to excel at your chosen field?

 

Do your skills align with your goals? If not either reassess your goals or do what needs to be done to improve your skill set.

 

You are in charge of your future. You can get choose where to focus your energies. Whether where you are is good enough, or if you want to change it.

 

Assess your strengths and weaknesses. Figure out if you have any attitudinal issues that may be holding you back and address them. Decide what you can be excellent at then go about making yourself excellent in that specific area.

Not Sure If You Should Apply?

Not Sure If You Should Apply?

 

Sometimes you see a job listing and you are absolutely sure you would be a shoe in for the job. Your qualifications and experiences line up perfectly with the job description. All you have to do is research the company and customize your resume and cover letter to fit this job and send.

 

Not an exact fit

Then there are times when it’s less cut and dry. You don’t have all the qualifications they’re looking for. Your experiences are similar to what they’re looking for, but you can’t go down the list of requirements and put a checkmark beside each one.

 

However, you believe you could do this job. Not just that, you believe you could excel at it. Should you apply anyway? Here are a few things to think about.

 

How do your skills match up?

Read the job description carefully. Imagine what a typical day would involve. What tasks would you be required to perform? How would you interact with other people? Have you done similar things in the past? Will the skills you have enable you to do the job? Could they help bring a new perspective to the position?

 

Do you fit most of the requirements?

The requirements listed for a job are often an ideal set of qualifications and experiences the employer is looking for, but it doesn’t mean every one of them is necessary to fulfill the requirements of the position. If you have the majority of the skills listed, then don’t hesitate to apply. Qualifications can be learned. Potential is inherent in the person.

 

Think about transferable skills

The answers to the above questions will make up the body of your cover letter. Talk about the skills you have and how they can be transferred to help you excel in this role. Use them to help the hiring manager see the benefits of giving you an interview. From there it’s up to you to make the case for your potential in person.

The Potential Progression

Expanding Your Potential

A linear progression

In years gone by people could expect to pass through a natural progression in their employment careers. They’d start their job, probably somewhere near the bottom rung of the ladder. They’d good at what they did and move up. Eventually they’d develop some expertise in a specific area of that job. They might switch companies, but they’d generally continue moving up in the same field.  Finally, they’d retire.

Fast changing market

Although some people still move through their careers in much the same fashion, in today’s increasingly competitive job market, confining yourself to a single area of expertise might not be the most reliable way to create success. Most likely you will be given choices in your career. Would you like focus on a single thing, become expert and rise through the ranks quickly based on that? Or, would you like to stay where you are, build skills in a variety of things and take a little longer to move up?

Although in the short term it might seem like a great idea to specialize and move forward, there’s a chance you will eventually hit a plateau in regards to just how far this will get you. Or worse you might find your specific skill is no longer necessary in the market! Especially in the fast-changing world we find ourselves in now.

Expanded skill set

Instead of being complacent in your job keep tabs on what’s happening in the job market. Expand your skill set as necessary. Learn different things related to your career. Become proficient at a few of them. Stay flexible. Be ready to move into different areas as the job market demands.

All those extra skills will do you well, especially later in your career when the competition becomes even more fierce. Your progression might not be linear. It might look more like a mind map, but it will get you where you want to go!