As an organization professional, there are numerous avenues
which one can take to advance one's career.
And there are three key strategies which can help any organization professional achieve extraordinary results.
Curious, then read on...
Strategy #1: Avoid Comparing
yourself to others
As soon as you reach the top of the mountain, you'll see
that there are other mountains even higher.
In fact, some mountains will seem higher even though they are not. One of the surest ways of crushing your
achievement is to compare yourself to someone else who on the surface appears to have more of fill-in-the-blank.
"Keeping up with the Joneses" is a crippling exercise,
leading to jealously and envy. One
person's path to achievement is uniquely their own and often one doesn't really
know what it is that they do/have done to achieve the success they have in the
first place. The successful organization
professional learns to appreciate and celebrate others' successes and stops
there; they know that they have their own particular success code -- and focus
on executing to it.
Strategy #2: Avoid Advancing your lifestyle ahead of
Another deadly action to avoid is to advance your lifestyle
in lock step with your career advancements.
It's not uncommon to find an organization professional who's recently
received advancement in the form of promotions and bonuses to increase their
overhead by 10, 20, 50 percent or more.
The effect of this is they move from the emotional joy and satisfaction
from being recognized financially for great performance, to feeling burdened
and pressure dealing with the "aftermath" (new "toys," too much "house," to
large a lease/car payment, etc.). If
your salary is $75,000 annually and you try to live a $100,000 lifestyle, your
paycheck will never be enough and you'll never really get ahead.
To really get ahead- reverse it.
Every time you get a raise or bonus or promotion-bank
it. Use the proceeds to crush your
expenses AND invest. The smart organization
professional invests in things that will make them money, and invest in themselves
in the form of education (such as the type of training one might find at NASP).
Get in the habit of measuring what you have & not what
The most savvy organization professional learns to condition
themselves to appreciate what they've accomplished and what they now possess --
and NOT on what they want/don't have because "wanting" is never enough. The easiest way to accomplish this is to
create a "gratitude journal." At first,
you'll probably list all the "things" that you are grateful for (your car,
house, etc) but as you make journaling a habit, you'll begin to list the
skills, experiences, friends, peers, mentors, role models and other
non-material things that positively impact your life. And as you begin to focus on what you have
and are grateful for having, you'll start to see more things to be grateful
for, including new opportunities, situations and experiences that reflect these
Eventually, this sense of gratitude and appreciate will be
reflected in the way you speak to, treat and interact with others -- both
personally and professionally -- and you'll achieve more.