#003: 3 Steps to Having the Career You Want; Part 3
You can’t multitask your way to the career you want.
You didn’t get where you are today by taking it one step at a time. In fact, there’s no such thing in today’s corporate world. It’s actually more like taking 2 or 3 steps at a time on 5 different projects at the same time. Not to mention all support you give to all the people you manage.
Over the years you’ve become an expert at multitasking. Constraint is not a word that comes up a lot on the job.
I totally get it. When I first met my coach and she told me to ‘constrain’ myself to one personal development goal at a time, I thought … “Constraint is for regular people. I’m a corporate dynamo. I can handle more than the average person… that’s why they pay me the big bucks”.
So as an example, if I wanted to ‘stop being a controlling manager’, I would start trying to listen more, talk less, be less directive, ask more questions, spend more time with people, etc… all at the same time. I wouldn’t start just ‘listening more’, get good at that and THEN go onto the next thing.
I’d want to make all the changes at once because I thought that’s what I should do. And frankly, I think my superiors expected that too.
But guess what… those changes never lasted. I would start strong and burn out quickly because your brain can handle all those behavioural changes all at once. It’s too exhausting and it freaks your brain out.
So when I talk about the importance of ‘constraint’, you might also be thinking that you’re some kind of above average robot who doesn’t need to slow down.
But the truth is if you’re a human being, slowing down is the only way you’re going to reach your goal.
In step three of having the career you want, I’m talking about taking it one small step every day. Here’s what I cover;
- I’ll talk about the concept of progressive improvement and how it applies to any change you want to make to your body or your brain.
- We’ll talk about the inevitability of failure in reaching any goal, but how people use it as an excuse to quit on themselves all the time.
- I’ll share my simple success formula that basically works for any kind of goal you’re trying to achieve.
- And I’ll take a few moments to sum up how all three of the steps we’ve covered work together to help you have the career you want.
Having a career you want is all about knowing what you want, being great at what you do and enjoying every step of the journey. It’s not your fault if you don’t have this. It’s just because no one ever taught you how to have it.
But that stops now. In the first three episodes of this podcast, I’ve given you the foundation. Moving forward we’re going to look at these three steps in all different ways, in all different situations. So if you’re ready to go after the career you want, then stick to this podcast, and I’ll show you how.
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