Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 1 Admit A Change is Needed
Yes, change is inevitable – you can’t avoid it but sometimes we do our best to try! At the end of the day, though, we all get caught up in it. If you look back at your own life and your career, you will know that this is true.
Some change is positive and some negative but change is inevitable. So how do you make the most of it for you and your career?
You need to recognize when a change is needed and you need to admit to yourself when that change needs to be within you. Start to monitor the world around you and how those about you are beginning to respond. How have things moved on and how are you going to respond? Make scanning your horizons a regular routine. For example;
- Read the professional and trade journals for your sector,
- Take part in your professional organization,
- Keep in touch on the internet with others in your market place – LinkedIn groups are a great source of information.
Locally, listen to what your boss and your colleagues are saying about the future.
Before you make a change, you need to truly acknowledge and accept that one is required. Sometimes that change is within ourselves and it is about our own performance. Are you fully meeting the needs of your job as they are now, not as they were when you were first appointed?
Admitting we have a weakness, can be very painful. It is far more comfortable to blame the boss, our colleagues, the customers or a supplier. It is easier to make excuses and rationalise, rather than admit to things as they really are.
Making the first step
Facing reality, admitting there is a problem and taking responsibility for action will setup the conditions needed to make progress. They contribute to that first step to the personal change needed for career success, now, and in the future.
Look out for the next post in this series. It will be about defining the change properly, so that it will be successful.
I would love to hear about successful changes you have made. Meanwhile, If you need support in making your change, my email address is below.
Wendy Mason is a Life and Career Coach. She helps people have the confidence they need to be successful at work and to change career while maintaining a good work/life balance. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org