Are You Your Biggest Roadblock to Career Advancement?

February 12th, 2016

All too often, the greatest obstacle between you and the career of your dreams is … you.

You may have the right skill set and experience, but you allow your fears and limiting beliefs to hold you back. Instead of taking calculated risks, it’s easier to stay inside your safe, familiar comfort zone. But, that comfort zone may actually be a dangerous place, since it offers only an illusion of true security. Unless you venture out of it, you may insulate yourself from the best opportunities available to you.

Here are some steps you can take to avoid being your own worst enemy when it comes to career advancement:

Acknowledge that growth comes with fear.

Fear is part of the process towards realizing your greatest achievements. Recognizing this fact helps you to keep things in perspective. Think of it as a healthy fear, as strange as that may sound at first.

  • Take it one step at a time. If your next career step is paralyzing you with fear, break it down into incremental steps. The more information you have, the more confidently you can decide whether or not to pursue a new role. For example, if you’ve been considering a new role within your company, get to know the manager or others on the team. Learn more about what the group or department does and the challenges they face.
  • Disregard limiting beliefs. They can be very powerful. You may believe them to be unequivocally true, but in reality, they are only valid because we allow them to be. A few examples of limiting beliefs may be, “They would never consider me for that position” or “I could never succeed at that level.” Challenge these thoughts. Unless you know with absolute certainty that they are true, you owe it to yourself to dispute them. Never allow an unsubstantiated assumption to stand in the way of your goals.

Work with a career coach.

A good career coach will inspire, encourage and support you as you strive to advance toward your professional goals and overcome limiting beliefs. If you need a sounding board, a coach can be invaluable. In addition, you can benefit from their expertise, contacts, and practical and emotional support.

Your career coach will enable you to:

  • Stay focused. The best coaches provide individual attention relating to your career advancement and help you stay on track in pursuing your goals.
  • Grow your strengths and confidence. Your coach will teach you how to invest in your development. One study found that 75 percent of the time, working with a coach led to faster achievement of career objectives. Growing your network and your skills helps you to move more quickly up the career ladder.

For more information on overcoming any obstacles to your career success, read our related posts or contact the experts at Select Group, Inc. We can help you identify, define and land your next great position and set aside any roadblocks that may stand in your way. Contact us today to learn more about our career coaching services and open job opportunities.

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