You know in your heart that special job you want for your own to advance your career, but it is seemingly out of your league. Stop. Think again. Ask yourself, "Is it truly out of my capability, or, with a stretch and helping hand will I be able to pull it off to my delight?"
With the right plan in place and acknowledgement of your want and do not want lists, it is very possible to turn the dream position above your head into your next employment opportunity. Envision yourself in the position. What will it feel and look like? How will it increase your stature? After all of your hard work of getting there, what will your rewards be?
You might begin interviewing for that special position now or begin putting a plan of action in place in order to get crystal clear on how to best go about obtaining the desired position.
Should you decide to plan ahead, the next step and working backwards will be to list the milestones needed to be achieved until you find yourself at present day.
Here are a few questions to ponder while you consider milestones and possibilities:
- Are you willing to self-educate or get help required for better positioning?
- Are you willing to take calculated risk?
- Are you willing to not give up?
Success means making a commitment to education and self-improvement. On occasion you may need to ignore hurtful remarks or people laughing at you lofty thought. When you reach for that star, quitting is not an option while reinvention is a requirement. Your vision, plan and optimistic belief that you will succeed will put you on the better path.
On the other hand, with an added dose of self-confidence and reflection on your past work history, and employing a few sales techniques, you may recognize that in fact you are ready to proceed.
For example, "Anne" shared she had the opportunity to interview under the title of Vice President. She was somewhat hesitant to proceed, due to her younger age, although the title and position greatly appealed to her. Reviewing her background, I reminded her of the industry awards she won, the campaigns she created and led, the presentations she provided and the public speaking platforms she previously enjoyed.
Anne was then reminded that people in their 20's create innovative startups receiving huge sums of money from investors. The notion that a mature age is required for a Vice Presidential title is old-school and no longer a factor. It only is such if we allow it to be. Whatever we tell ourselves will determine our outcome. Anne proudly announced she plans to proceed full steam ahead.
When it comes to reaching for a star, popular thought should be ignored. Instead, examine what is of importance to you. Remain true to your principles. Sometimes we second-guess why we do things but going against the norm will frequently catapult us into the leadership position. Preparation and taking the calculated risk will make all the difference.
Your personal brand may develop into "the go-getter!" When this occurs, further promotion will require less work and bring even greater reward. Your peers will watch in amazement believing that for you it was always a Smooth Sale!
Elinor Stutz, CEO of Smooth Sale, LLC, (800) 704-1499, www.smoothsale.net.
Open View Labs selected Stutz to be in their "Top 25 Sales Influencers for 2012." Elinor authored the International Best-Selling book, "Nice Girls DO Get the Sale: Relationship Building That Gets Results", Sourcebooksand the best selling career book, "HIRED! How to Use Sales Techniques to Sell Yourself On Interviews", Career Press. She provides team sales training, private coaching and highly acclaimed inspirational keynotes for conferences. Elinor is available for consultation.