AUDIO: 3 Things You Should be Doing to Advance Your Career
John Lennon famously said, “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” Sometimes it takes decades to see the wisdom of that statement, but it doesn’t have to. The truth is, one of my own favorite sayings is fairly similar. “Some of my best work…has been accidental”. And some of my worst as well.
Something strange happened when I found myself the boss, leading other people and being responsible for whatever we thought success looked like. Suddenly, I thought I was supposed to have all the answers. Hey, when you see all of those eyes looking back at you and people are looking to you for wisdom, eventually you believe you’re smarter than everyone else and you start making things up!
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I made the best calculated decisions I could with the information I had but I learned quickly that when you speak with authority, it doesn’t mean you have the answers.
In retrospect, I realize I was accidentally doing some things right and rather than accelerating them intentionally, I thought I was gifted, lucky, charmed, blessed by God and it was just my destiny to win.
When people asked what the secret was, I said stupid things like “Do what other people aren’t willing to do”, “Get out of your comfort zone” or sometimes I was arrogant enough to say I had worked harder, sacrificed more and somehow deserved results.
But there were three things I was doing that led to success, whether I realized it at the time or not. Three things I instinctively spent time on that of themselves weren’t wise, but they gave incredible results and they will do the same for you.
Here are 3 things you need to practice that will dramatically advance your career:
1. Practice Connecting Intentionally with Others
Let’s face it, things like information and perspective don’t randomly happen. Success comes most often when the people we’re surrounded with are becoming their best. Practice helping them believe in themselves and give them the validation they so desperately need. Explore their mysteries and practice connecting by bringing value to others in every situation. Don’t have an agenda, just do it.
2. Practice Creating Traction
Stop looking for the windfalls, the happy accidents that win the day. Create routines of practice that help you get simple, even boring traction on a regular basis. Journal, memorize your chosen beliefs, and be the person who repeats them out loud for everyone to hear. Be consistent. Traction creates MOMENTUM and even when it looks random, it never is. If you practice creating traction toward a clear Definition of Success, you’ll find momentum everywhere you do.
3. Practice Sharing Your Passion and Purpose
Nothing creates connection and traction like sharing your passion and your purpose on a consistent basis. You’ll get better at saying it, living it, writing about it and others will see it in everything you do. Success is built on routines of practice that demonstrate consistency to everyone from teammates to customers. When people know what you stand for, they know what to expect. And what you practice is what you’ll achieve.
Practice connecting with others, practice creating traction that brings momentum, and practice sharing your passion and purpose through the routines of your daily life.
Learning how to do that is what Breakthrough Leadership is all about.