Here are six "Calls" to help you confidently pick up that
metaphoric fork and proceed with the future work best that you deserve: Call your gifts, talents, abilities, competencies, and skills Call your fears. Fear is a paralyzer Call your role models and supporters Get a coach Call on success Call a plan
1. Call your gifts, talents, abilities, competencies, and skills
Make a list of each and everyone you can think of. All of them. Pick your true honest critics first
When you think you've exhausted your list, think of ten more!
What is keeping me from actively pursuing the path I'd really like to follow (right here within my current organization)?
What's the "pay off" for me to just stand at the fork in the road, all the rest of my professional days and never choose one path over another? What's the damage?
Is it really a "mistake" if I choose a path that turns out to be not right for me, after all...or can I see that travelling a little way down that road is part of the tapestry of my working wisdom in progress...and cut my own "dirt path" to the other road, if need be?
What is blocking me? Do I want to push through it, or do I want to stick with my current malaise all the rest of my days?
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Give yourself a "butt kick" and take some action...any action is better than no action, in many cases
Sometimes it's better to make a choice, and find out it's not right for you, after all, rather than not make any choice...ever and spend the rest of your days carefully avoiding your definition of "making a mistake"
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Cheerleaders - those who remind me of my strengths; provide me with the loving support I sometimes need
Skill Builders - those willing to teach me new skills; help me brush up and refine old skills; suggest strategies for helping me to get the results I desire
Recommenders - those who suggest and help me identify the next steps to take to get me where I want to go; those who bring information to me without me even asking; let me know of new and existing opportunities and resources to help me move along; keep their ear to the ground with my advancement in mind
Challengers - those who pitch thought provoking questions and "what ifs" to keep me on my toes and stimulate my development; cause me to reconsider my strategies, approaches and plans; encourage me to hone my inter- personal and negotiating skills and provide me with opportunities to practice
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Spotlighters - those who promote my profile and visibility by heralding and advertising my achievements; they encourage me to boldly and unashamedly advertise my achievements, interests and aspirations
Esteem Builders - encourage me; support and champion my positive self- image; help me identify and choose positive stories to tell myself
Connectors - those who directly or indirectly put me in touch with helpful people and/or information to move me forward; share information resources
Political Advisors - those who give me advice on how to approach various people and problems; they help me determine strategic and politically savvy ways to get things done
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Try the right brain exercise of mind-mapping or build a collage on the theme of where you want to professionally "go.” Map out with words, as well, practical, "do-able today" steps to move yourself forward
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