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How self-aware are you really?

I’m asking because self-awareness is foundational to career success and frankly to success in all of life.

When you're more self-aware, you can better manage yourself in the moment to lead and influence others, to get better results and better opportunities.

When it comes to your career, there are three aspects of self-awareness that are particularly important.

1. Self-Awareness of your triggers and your reactions to them

The first is being aware of your own triggers. These are the people and events around you that allow you be at your best rather than your worst.

For example, in my career I loved getting feedback. I thrived on feedback, but I didn't always get it. At times in my career I found myself in a no-feedback culture and being in that environment often led me to have negative thoughts and self-talk that hurt my performance.

Another past trigger for me was the daily morning team meeting we used to have back in my corporate days. It was a chance for those of us who covered clients to update the rest of the department and I thought of it as a giant “chest-pounding” exercise.

This meeting would trigger me to really shrink back and become quiet because I didn't like promoting myself and talking about my activities with my clients in front of all my peers. Unfortunately, this behavior wasn’t helpful to my career.

So, be aware of these types of triggers and your instinctive reactions to them.

2. Self-Awareness of how you’re landing with others

The second aspect is to be aware of how you might be triggering other people to be at their best or their worst.

For example, maybe you're the kind of person who walks down the hall and doesn't say “hello” because you’re deep in thought or because you want to respect the other person's privacy as they may be deep in thought.

Well this situation might trigger the other person to think, “She's not very friendly” or “She didn’t say ‘hello,’ she doesn't even remember my name.”

Another case might be if you have a micromanaging boss and you’re not the kind of person who volunteers updates. As a recovering micromanager, I can tell you that getting no updates or feedback really freaks us out because it feels like we have no idea whether you're even working on the assignment. This type of perception of you from your micromanaging boss is not helpful to your career either.

So, be aware of how you're landing with others.

3. Self-Awareness of how your routine behavior impacts your future opportunities

The third aspect to be aware of is how the things that you habitually do, the things that are routine that you don't even think about anymore, might be affecting your future opportunities.

For example, I was always a great note taker. I got compliments on note taking. I enjoyed note taking. But then roll the clock forward 5-7 years and I was a pretty senior professional, sitting in meetings and playing the “note taker” role.

It got to the point where my big boss had to come to me and say, “May, would you stop taking notes. You come across like an administrative assistant rather than somebody who's a future managing director.” Now, that was a real wake-up call for me about my own career-limiting behavior.

As another example, you might be hanging around with the same circle of colleagues and friends as you always have. You have fun, it's comfortable, maybe you help each other and it's great. But you know what?

That’s the circle you need to expand if you're going to put yourself in front of bigger, better opportunities. Otherwise you'll be more likely to keep being perceived as that same former, junior person.

Be aware of your habitual actions that might have implications for the future.

Self-Awareness is the first step to any kind of change

When you want to continue to progress and get to the next level of your career, whatever that might be and however you might define it, then what got you here won't get you there.

Self-awareness will enable you to make the kind of changes necessary to grow as a person and in your career.

Self-awareness is the first step to any kind of change.
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When you’re conscious of the decisions you're making, then you have a better chance of putting yourself in a great position career-wise. And that's good for you, it's good for your team, it's good for the organization, good for your family and – of course – great for your career.

More on Self-Awareness

If you want actionable Tips, strategies and tools to become more self-aware and enjoy a more successful career, then I encourage you join my Career Mastery Kickstart 2019 Summit. We've got some great experts lined up for Week Two.

And if you want to catch up on any that you missed, then you can upgrade yourself to the VIP Pass. That way, you own all of the material and can refer to it your leisure, and also refer to again and again in the future when you need it.

Join Career Mastery Kickstart 2019 Summit – registration is free

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

Which aspect of self-awareness would make the biggest difference for you in your career if you tapped into it right now? What difference would it make for you to be more self-aware?

Leave me a comment and let me know.

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“Are you winning today?”

A former colleague liked to ask this question every time he saw me. He probably just meant it like, “How are you doing?” but it really threw me off because I had always thought of winning as a zero-sum game. It was like a competition and I didn't really like keeping score. So, this question was unpleasant for me and I never knew how to answer.

Fast forward to now, I've come to see that “win” is just another beautiful three letter word like “joy”. What's changed is I’ve adopted an abundance mindset.

When you've got that abundance mindset you can see winning as a real positive. In fact, we can all win. It's not a case of one person wins therefore another person has to lose.

When there's abundance, we can all win. And in fact, our life, work and careers are even better when we help each other win. There's no limit to how many wins any one of us can have.

When there's abundance, we can all win. Our life, work and careers are even better when we help each other win.
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There’s also no size or scale requirement for what constitutes an important win. Big wins are terrific and can be used as an energizing way of predetermining your goals for the year.

But just as big wins are important, there are also three other kinds of wins that are equally important.

1. Small Wins

Small wins are the kind of wins that can lead to bigger impact and broader implications later on. For example, a small win could be that a new client you've been calling and calling and calling, finally calls you back. That's a win and an indication that your relationship with them is going places.

Or it could be that you get a compliment from a director. Or it could be that you win over a colleague who’s been difficult in the past.

It’s important to celebrate these small wins and to appreciate the fact that they're small now, but they're going to pay bigger dividends later.

Celebrate the small wins. While they're small now, they can pay bigger dividends later.
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2. Easy Wins

Think of easy wins as the low hanging fruit. An easy win could be something super simple like saying “hello” and smiling at everybody that you meet during the day. It's a positive habit that tends to improve relationships and results while making you feel happier too.

Or it could be getting in the habit of sending very short two-line emails to your manager to update them so they'll always know what you're doing. That way, they'll have some material to brag about you or brag about the team. Who knows? This could even turn into one of those small wins that has a really big impact later.

3. Early Wins

Early wins are really helpful because they help you build momentum and confidence. Especially as you're gearing up toward those big wins for the year, getting those early wins helps win over sceptics and gives your supporters positive things to say on your behalf.

Look out for and use those early wins to build confidence for yourself and for your team.

Key Takeaways

What to do with your wins:

  • Celebrate the small wins
  • Act on the easy wins
  • Be on the lookout for the early wins so you can bank some of them quickly

Celebrate the small wins. Act on the easy wins. And be on the lookout for the early wins so you can bank some of them quickly.
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Set yourself up to win!

If you want to have more small wins, easy wins, and early wins on your way to those big wins then join me for the Career Mastery Kickstart 2019 Summit.

Over ten days, 50 experts are going to share their very best tips and actionable advice so that you can start getting results and wins for yourself.

Here are a few wins that people have had as a result of the Summit:

“After implementing two Tips, I was asked to take on more leadership with more pay.”
– Phil O.

“I was able to implement the Tips that day, and once I began applying them, I was able to take charge on two major projects. I feel like more of a leader and more confident in leading other people.”
– Alicia S.

There’s every reason this could be you too. In fact, why not you?

Join me and 49 other career experts for Career Mastery Kickstart where we’ll share all kinds of useful Tips, tools and strategies to advance your career, including how to have more of those small, easy, and early wins.

Join Career Mastery Kickstart 2019 – registration is free!

In the meantime, are you winning today? Remember, win = joy!

What small win will you celebrate today?

Leave me a comment and let me know.

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What comes to mind when somebody asks you the question, “How’s it going?”

If you’re like most people, this question makes you think about something in your personal life, maybe your health or the project you're working on, or your work overall.

But very few of us think of this question in terms of our career. As in, “How is my career going?”

So, let me ask you that.

How is your career going?

Our careers take up a lot of our time, energy and mind space. And our careers are always putting us somewhere between fulfilment and frustration.

So the question is, where are you right now on that spectrum? Which end are you closer to?

And then more importantly, if we roll the clock forward three to five years, what will the answer be if you don't do anything differently?

How is Your Career Going?

I wish somebody had asked me this question earlier on in my career. I didn’t fully consider it until someone finally said to me, “You know looking at your career, May, you are having an amiable career.” And it wasn't a compliment.

I took it to mean that up to that point I’d been meandering around and basically doing whatever I was asked to do. In fact, I used to say to my managers, “Just put me where you need me. I want to make sure that I'm serving the firm.”

While I definitely served the firm and learned a lot up to that point, my career wasn’t necessarily heading where I wanted it to. I needed to come up with a career game plan.

My Career Game Plan

I went to work creating a career game plan, one that helped me to find my footing. Once I did that, everything started to click for me at work.

I started to find myself in situations where I was using my best strengths, which is important in order to be super successful and to fulfil your potential. That's also generally when we're in flow and feeling good about ourselves. Not only was I delivering value, I also felt valued by the firm.

Your Career Game Plan

The exact way you create your career game plan can vary but the most important thing is that you have one. And it doesn't have to be complicated.

Here are 5 characteristics of an effective career game plan:

1. Time Frame

You want your game plan to encompass a short enough time frame that you have some actionable steps to take in the near term. It also needs to be long term enough that you can make sure you get where you ultimately want to go.

2. Scope of Your Career Game Plan

For me, I wanted to incorporate my entire life in to my game plan and not just my work. Our careers take up a lot of our lives, so we want to make sure that our entire lives are in sync with our careers and vice versa. Within that scope I like to focus particularly on my professional aspirations.

3. Flexibility

Your career game plan needs to be able to morph and change as you learn and grow. That means giving yourself permission to make adjustments as you revisit your game plan. It also means embedding some milestones or signals that let you know when you’re going off track so you can “flex” the plan or adjust what you’re doing.

4. Honesty

This is about how you fill in your career game plan. It needs to be about your life, your future, your professional aspirations, and not what your family members, your boss, or society tells you is the “right” thing.

Your career game plan needs to be about you want, and not what your family members, your boss, or society tells you is the “right” thing.
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5. Living Document

Your career game plan needs to be a living document. By this I mean that you need to be able to print it out and keep it somewhere where you can see it. This makes it more likely that you’ll use it, refer to it, work with it and update it regularly. It should be one or at most two pages long.

Career Game Plan Workshop

If you're interested in having an effective career game plan that works for you, and shortcut all the learning I had to do, then join me for a special Career Game Plan workshop in February.

On this exclusive online workshop, I'll be sharing my template of an effective Career Game Plan and helping you put yours together.

You’ll come away from this workshop with a clear and focused game plan to take your career to the next level, including:

  • Greater clarity on your aspirations for your career (and life)
  • Interim milestones you need to hit to stay on track
  • The 3 practical steps that will most move the needle for your career in the next 90 days

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to get questions about your career answered by me during the workshop.

To join me on the workshop, simply register for Career Mastery Kickstart and then upgrade to VIP.

When you upgrade, you also get a whole host of resources that you'll get to keep forever, including actionable Career Mastery Tips from 50 experts plus their deeper dive interviews with me, and more goodies to set you up for a great year ahead.

If having a clear and focused game plan for your career is important to you, then join me for the Career Game Plan workshop in February. This will be the only time this year I’ll be sharing my Career Game Plan template and helping you put yours together. I guarantee it will be time well spent.

Register for Career Mastery Kickstart and then upgrade to VIP to reserve your spot on the workshop

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How has the New Year started out for you?

I’m asking because I’ve always found this to be an exciting time of year. One where each of us can make a fresh start. Where a whole new world lies ahead and there’s everything to play for. Like untouched snow or turning to a fresh page in my journal.

My year is starting out with excitement about a project my team and I have been working on for months which we’re about to announce – more on that later!

But back to the start of your year…

Whether you’re off to a roaring start, feeling underwhelmed, or something in between, this is a natural time to do some thinking and planning for the year ahead. And as my father says, “chance favors the prepared mind.”

While having a strategy in place is important for achieving big goals, it can feel daunting to do that preparation. It’s tempting to put it off until “later” or to ditch the idea altogether in favor of “winging it”. Both are suboptimal if you want to have a great year.

Since I want you to have an awesome year, I’d like to share with you some super simple ways to set yourself up for success without spending lots of time or spinning your wheels.

Here are three things you can do right now to get your career off to a great start in the new year. And you’re not alone. I’m putting these to use as well.

1. Choose Your Theme for the Year

This can be an overarching theme that will sustain you through the year, like a touchstone. For example, it could be “the year of the promotion” or “the year of getting your degree.” Or it could be “the year of living dangerously,” which is the name of a movie.

You can also choose a set of words or phrases that really embody the theme you want to live out for the year, such as “let’s make everything simple, easy and fun this year”.

In my case, I'm going to choose staying focused as my theme. One of the big lessons I learned this past year was the need to get and stay focused. I think it's going to be a big challenge, but I can't wait to tackle it.

2. Identify the Three Big Wins You Want to Have This Year

The second thing to think about are your wins. In fact, I want you to pre-determine and pre-select the three big wins that you want to have this year.

They can be any three things. It could be a combination of landing three new clients, passing an exam you need to pass in order to get to the next level of your career (e.g., the CFA or CPA exams), and maybe the third one is getting over your fear of speaking by giving a big talk.

In my case, my three big wins that I’m pre-determining for this year are: (1 & 2) nailing the two big projects that my team and I have been working on for the last six months, and then (3) developing a platform that's going to allow us to serve even more people with greater value.

So, think about what your three big wins are going to be. It's a more energizing way of asking yourself, “what are my three big goals for the year?”

Ask yourself, “What are my three big wins going to be this year?” It's a more energizing way of asking, “what are my three big goals for the year?”
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3. Decide What Investment You’re Going to Make in Yourself

Think about how you’re going to invest in yourself this year. Think about which exact things you're going to spend your time, energy, mind-space and money on this year to build your foundation and make you even better in new dimensions.

For me, I’m going to reinvest in the mastermind groups that I'm part of. Initially I wasn't sure I was going to re-up my investment, but now I realize these are foundational to my current success and my future success. What are your investments going to be?

4. Bonus Thing to Get Your Career off to a Great Start This Year

There's a special fourth thing that I'm going to make available to you very soon to help you further in getting your career off to a great start. It's my annual online Career Mastery Kickstart Summit.

It will be 10 days of 50 incredible experts from around the world sharing their latest insights and advice on how to be more successful in your career. I'm so excited for you and how it will really move the needle for you.

This is all about you and your career, so I can't wait to share it with you. I encourage you to sign up and bring a friend.

Registration for the Summit is free – sign up now and save your spot

Set Yourself Up for Your Best Year Ever

In summary, to get your career off to a great start this year:

  1. Pick your theme for the year
  2. Identify your three big wins
  3. Decide what investment you're going to make in yourself
  4. Sign up to the Career Mastery Kickstart 2019 online Summit.

So, what are you going to choose as your theme for this year?

Leave a comment and let me know.

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Now is a great time to reflect back on the year you've just had.

And as you do that, I invite you to reflect on all your accomplishments and wins. You've had a lot of great wins this year and deserve to celebrate them.

But I don't want you to stop there because our accomplishments for the year are historical. They're looking backwards.

So in addition to celebrating them, which is really important, I also want you to reflect back and think about what you’ve learned this past year. What have you learned from the past and the present that's going to set you up for an even bigger and better future?

As I reflected on my own year, these are the three biggest things that I've learned.

1. Focus brings results

I learned this from one of the mastermind groups that I belong to. Left to my own devices, I have a tendency to get distracted by shiny objects. I love anything new and innovative.

I like to do 10 things at the same time but this often has me splashing around in the pool and not necessarily getting to the other side on the things that matter most.

So, this year I implemented focus.

I decided that I was going to focus on getting more speaking opportunities in the second half of the year. And once I worked on the clarity piece and started telling everybody what I was focusing on, I got a lot more speaking opportunities.

My team and I also decided to strategically focus on two big projects in the second half of the year and I’m so excited that they're both about to come to fruition in January because of our clarity and planning.

2. Appreciating people builds stronger relationships

I learned this from a second mastermind group that I belong to. I have a tendency to focus on the task at hand, on getting things done, and on achievement.

But this doesn't always serve me well because my family and friends, my team and colleagues don't always feel appreciated. They can sometimes feel like I'm just trying to get the task done and not paying attention to them.

This year, I’ve learned that appreciating people is extremely important. I’ve been more present and a better listener, and it’s helped me so much in building my relationships with my team.

I have started to notice and ask myself, “what is it that I do that drives them nuts?” And then work on not doing those things.

I've also learned that I can learn much more about the care and feeding of each of my team members. Guess what, they're all different! So, it's been eye-opening and very helpful.

3. Making things simple, easy, and fun

This year, I’ve realized how important making things simple, easy and fun is, especially for me and my team. I’m usually attracted to projects and ideas that are complex and challenging and then I power through them no matter how I feel.

But at one point this year, one of my team members was watching me “powering through” a task I was struggling with and he asked, “May, how can we make this simple, easy, and fun for you?” I immediately felt a weight lifted off my shoulders.

That's when I realized we can apply this to figuring out what we want to take on as a team by simply asking, “Is it simple, easy, and fun for us?” This also helped me stop procrastinating and get started on things by asking myself, “How can I start this in a way that’s going to be simple, easy, and fun?”

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2 Common Themes

I noticed two common themes across these three big things that I learned this year:

  1. They’re all things that I learned from others. Listening leads to learning and learning from others really speeds up our progress.
  2. My learning in all three cases was from implementing and putting things in practice. You've got to take action to get results.

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Make 2019 your best year ever

So, these were my areas of learning, but now it’s really about you. I want to help you make next year an even better year for you than this year, especially career-wise.

And that's why I'm so excited that I'm going to make a big announcement about my Career Mastery Kickstart Summit very soon. It’s going to help you get your year off to a great start. You're going to have a chance to learn from others and to implement those very actionable things that you're going to be learning. So, stay tuned!

As you reflect back on your year, what have you learned about yourself or the way you work that's going to set you up for an even better year next year?

Leave a comment, I'd love to know what the answer is for you.

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The New York Times recently published a great article about Ellen DeGeneres facing a career transition. The article describes how Ellen is considering ending her hugely successful The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which she's run for 16 years.

To me, the most interesting point in the article is how Ellen’s brother talks about her career transition not as “breaking out of a rut” (her show continues to be wildly successful), but rather as “breaking out of a mold”.

I love this differentiation between a rut and a mold.

A rut is something you clearly want to get out of because you're unhappy, dissatisfied, and probably bored. The people around you probably want to help you get out of a rut because you're not making life fun for yourself or anybody else.

But breaking out of a mold is a lot trickier.

You're probably doing really well and enjoying what you're doing to some extent. But maybe you're being typecast, just like an actor might always gets cast as the villain, or always get the role of the best friend or sidekick when they have aspirations of being a main character.

If you're in one of those situations, you may have this nagging feeling that you're not getting to use all the best parts of you. And that maybe what you're doing now doesn't allow you to be the person you know you can become.

Breaking Out of the Mold

It can be hard to justify making a change when things are going well. The people around you might even have a vested interest in keeping you right where you are.

So, the question is: How do you break out of the mold?

Here are five things I recommend doing to break out of the mold.

1. Get Back in Touch with Yourself

Get back in touch with who you are and who you really want to be.

Focus especially on the areas that are below the water line, the parts that don't quite show up in your everyday work yet. You also want to tap into the parts that you really enjoy doing but don't get to do a lot in your current day-to-day work.

2. Develop Yourself

Find outlets for experimenting and developing the other muscles you don’t get to use in your day-to-day.

In Ellen’s case, this could be something like returning to doing some stand-up comedy while she's still running her show or starting a podcast.

For you and me, maybe it's a side project where we get to do something creative like write that book that’s been on the back burner. Or it could be a side project where we get to exercise our leadership skills in a different direction.

3. Build Your Network

Build and strengthen your network beyond your current circle.

Whenever we're making change and we're learning and growing, it's important to start hanging around with people that are different than the usual suspects. This helps develop the kind of connections that we'll need in order to produce a smooth glide path into our future.

4. Prepare Others

Prepare others so that it doesn't feel abrupt to them as you’re going through this transition.

You’ll want your team members and others in your organization to land on their feet. It’s important to make people feel secure about their role after you’ve transitioned elsewhere.

5. Find People Who Are Making a Career Transition

Find people who have gone through what you're going through now and who can advise you through the transition.

If you can find people who are currently going through the same experience as you, that’s great too as it enables you to compare notes and brainstorm together.

You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

Once you've taken these steps and you feel ready to make the change, then it’s time to make the shift.

No matter what your career situation right now, each of us has to own our own careers. We have to manage ourselves through these transitions and the good news is we don't have to do it alone!

We all need help.

That's why I'm excited to share that my team and I have been working hard for the last several months on putting together an online summit that's going to really help you in your career, whether you're going through a transition, establishing yourself in a new role, or looking to excel where you are.

The summit is called Career Mastery Kickstart. It's going to start in January 2019 and I’ll be sharing more information with you soon. So, look forward to that!

In the meantime, I’d love to know:

What kind of transitions have you made successfully and what's worked for you?

Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Do you ever get really busy and feel under a lot of pressure?

Maybe it’s deadline pressure, and then all of a sudden something unexpected gets thrown into the mix and you’re completely thrown off your stride.

It can be overwhelming and upsetting. I know because this exact situation happened to me recently.

Pressure, Deadlines & Unexpected Twists

My team and I had a lot of deadlines coming up, but we still had everything under control. Then unexpectedly, I got an email saying that the economics of a particular project weren’t going to be as positive as we thought.

Not long after, I received another message that we had a new deadline that involved a huge amount of work when my team was already totally stretched.

To make things worse, when I received these updates, I had just come back from a full day of meetings in London and was jet-lagged, having just flown in from California the night before. I was exhausted!

When all of these things came flying at me all of a sudden, I got upset and was unable to focus on doing the important things that I still needed to get done.

What do you do when you're in the thick of a situation like this? Especially when you know you need to get a grip, prioritize, and stay productive, which are all easier said than done!

5 Things I Did in a Stressful Situation to Manage Myself 1. Be Aware

The first thing was about awareness. I stepped back and recognized that I was in this situation, which helped me to realize I needed to do some self-managing.

2. Change of Scenery

The second thing was changing my physical environment. I got up from my desk and walked out to the kitchen where I did some stretching, focused on regular breathing, and appreciated the change of scenery.

3. Seek Human Interaction

The third thing I did was to seek out some human interaction. Unless human interaction is what got you into this stressful position in the first place, talking things out with somebody is really helpful.

This really calmed me down and stopped me from sitting and stewing all by myself and continuously running through these issues in my mind.

4. Assess the Situation

The fourth thing I did once I was a bit calmer was an assessment of the situation. I looked at the numbers behind the project in question and realized, “You know what? These economics aren't going to be as bad as I initially thought. Maybe we can even offset them.”

5. Take Action

Then, the fifth thing was to take some action. I delegated these urgent new tasks to an outside group. By outsourcing the work, we could meet the new deadline and also protect my team in the process.

Know Yourself

You have to know yourself in these stressful situations because we're all different.

One thing I do know is this: no matter who we are, when work or life throws us a curve ball (and you know that's going to happen!), the key is to figure out how you're going to be aware of the situation.

Awareness underpins everything. Only when you're aware can you really start to self-manage in the best possible way for you.
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Then, it's about taking actions and learning to manage yourself from a physical, mental, and emotional standpoint, and choosing actions that will help you in all three of those areas.

What do you do when you get thrown off track?

Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Have you achieved everything you've asked for or wanted in your career?

Every promotion, every raise, every opportunity to get staffed on a great project?

Well, neither have I.

We've all had setbacks and they can feel really disheartening. What really matters is what you do with it.

A High Potential’s Approach to Setbacks

I was reminded of this recently at the end of an event that I was running.

One of the female participants approached me and said, “That was really helpful. I recently found out that my company isn’t including me in the high potential group. I want to do everything I can to move my career ahead anyway and maybe I'll get into that high potential group.”

She asked me if I could recommend a coach for her, which I did.

What struck me about our interaction was this young woman’s resiliency and determination. She didn’t mope when she hadn’t been identified as high potential. She didn’t shrink back. Instead she sought out ways to focus, grow and move forward in her career.

Success is no accident. It requires perseverance. And this young woman is on her way to greater success with her high potential approach to a setback.

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Make Sure You’re One of the Top

This reminds me of the time when my daughter was trying out for the under 16's national basketball team. She didn't make the team and was devastated.

My husband, who was also her high school coach told her, “You’ve got to do two things. First is, do some soul searching and figure out if this is really what you want.” At the time, she was a year young for the under 16 team, so she had another opportunity to make the team the next year.

And then he said, “Secondly, if this is really what you want, then you've got to go and invest. Find out what you need to do and then do the work so you're not the person competing for spot number 12 on a 12-person squad. Make sure you’re one of the top five and clearly in the team.” And that's what she did.

What I Learned from My Own Career Setback

I remember one of the times I didn't get a really big promotion. I was very upset. And I asked myself, “Okay, is this something I really want?” The answer was “absolutely.”

I went to my boss and my boss's boss, we laid out a game plan, and I got to work investing. This meant shifting my mindset and behaviors to spend time on the right things, prioritize personal and professional development, and not just do busy tasks to check things off my to-do list.

These were the changes I needed to make if I was going to get promoted the next year… which I did.

Next Time You Have a Setback

So, whenever you have setbacks, do two things.

First, do some soul searching and thinking about whether this is something you really want.

Second, if it is, then go and invest.

Setbacks can feel really disheartening. What really matters is what you do with it.
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So how about you?

What do you do when you have setbacks?

I'd love to hear what your strategies are for moving forward. Leave me a comment and let me know.

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How do you make decisions about the things you spend money on versus the things you skimp on?

So often, we don't make these decisions consciously. And in fact, even when we're making them consciously, we're not thinking about them in quite the right way.

“No way am I going to spend that!”

My daughter, who has sensitive skin, came across a line of skin care that would be perfect for her. But when she saw the $100 price tag she said, “No way am I going to spend that on skin care!” So, she stuck with her usual regimen but her skin wasn't reacting well.

She thought about what change she could make to get the results she wanted and had the realization that, “This is my skin. This is my face. This is about something I use every single day and it could make a big difference in my life.”

So, she bought that $100 set and tried the new products. And you know what? It's turned out to be amazing for her. Her skin's reacted really well and she feels so much better.

Shift Your Thinking from Expenditure to Investment

Her shift from thinking “no way” to “yes, this is something really worth it” was important. But how and why did she make that shift?

It really comes down to this: originally she was thinking about this $100 product – or skin care in general – as solely an expenditure item without also considering its value.

Her mind shift occurred when she started to see the skin care item as an investment. An investment in something that was going to pay benefits forward, and not just an expense.

Think about all the things that you do or don't skimp on in your own life.

How Skimping Was a Big Mistake in My Career

Investments aren’t just about money. Investments are also made with our time, our energy, and our attention; all of which are finite resources and, arguably, even more important than money.

Looking back on my career, I now see that I made mistakes over and over again when it came to investing in my own personal and professional development.

I had all kinds of awesome excuses, like “Oh, I don't have time to attend that leadership event. I'm too busy doing my job.”

Or, “I'm not going to pay whatever amount to have that experience, or that training, or that coaching. I will only go if my employer pays for it.” But then, even if they did, I'd run into the issue of having no time! Time was a precious resource but so was I.

What I didn’t appreciate back then was that what you focus on will grow. If I didn’t take the time to focus on my growth, how could I expect to advance in my career?

I now can see that my career progress would've been so much faster, easier and more fun had I sought out, invested in and made the most of development opportunities.

How I Invest in Myself Now

Thankfully, I’ve learned from my mistakes! I now set aside a budget – an amount of money, time, energy, and attention – to invest in my development because it’s worthwhile.

The same goes for you – you are worth the investment.

Setting aside money, time, energy, and attention to invest in your development is worthwhile. What you focus on will grow.
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Currently, I have four different courses and mastermind groups that I belong to. And each of these is helping me substantially grow my business. My goal for my business growth is that I don’t just want to double it, but I want to 10X the amount of impact I can have.

You just can't do those things all on your own without investing in yourself.

I'm not saying to go and spend at will, but I am saying invest in yourself.

How about you?

What will you skimp on? What won't you skimp on? And how are you going to invest in yourself and in your career in the coming 12 months?

Leave me a comment and let me know. I'd love to hear from you.

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year.

One of the things I love most about this holiday is the spirit of gratitude. We have a family tradition of going around the Thanksgiving table and everyone takes a turn sharing what they're grateful for.

My Daily Thanksgiving Ritual

Over the years, I’ve extended this gratitude practice to my everyday life and it’s made a big difference in how I approach my days.

Every morning I write down the three things I'm most grateful for that day. And you know what? I've started to see a pattern.

The things I’m grateful for almost always revolve around people.

Gratitude for My Network

In my personal life I’m grateful for my parents, family, friends, and teachers. Even as adults we need the help, support, and nurturing of others around us.

With my work, I'm thankful for my mentors, sponsors, colleagues, and my team. And when I reflect on why I’m so thankful for these people, there are three reasons that come to mind.

1. Creating opportunities to shine and make a difference

First, without this network of people and relationships, I wouldn't have the career opportunities that I've had.

Earlier in my investment banking career, it was partnering with colleagues from an industry group that helped raise our product team’s standings from number 23 in the league tables to number one.

In my business now, most of my speaking and coaching opportunities have come from referrals and connections from my network.

And connecting with the people in my network is also how I've been able to bring together 50 amazing experts for my upcoming Career Mastery Kickstart virtual Summit!

2. Finding my awesome team

The second reason I’m grateful for these people in a work context is that my network has helped me put my awesome team together.

I didn't use want ads or respond to anybody else's. Instead, I reached out to my network. And that's how I found my amazing, supportive and talented team that works together so well.

3. Producing results

Third, by helping me assemble my amazing team, my network has had the knock-on effect of producing business results. Because, together with my team, we’ve produced results and achieved outcomes that we’re very proud of. And it's come through the amazing people in my network.

Of course, it still takes a huge amount of individual work to achieve your goals. And when you put in the work, show up with excellence and persevere, it’s important to appreciate yourself for the work that you do – just as Snoop Dogg did when he accepted his Hollywood Star, saying: “I want to thank myself for being my awesome self!”

When you show up and put in the work, it’s important to appreciate yourself for the work you do.
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Yet, we really can’t do it all without the support and help of the network of relationships around us – no matter how awesome we are!

A Simple Act to Make Someone’s Day

To bring it all back to Thanksgiving, these realizations led us to make an innovation to our Thanksgiving tradition.

In addition to going around the table and sharing who and what we're grateful for, we've taken it to the next level by adding this step: everyone commits to reach out to at least one of those people to express their gratitude directly.

It could be through a thank you note in good old “snail mail”, a visit, a text message or a phone call to let them know that you’re grateful for them and why.

Who are you most thankful for in your life? Let that person know.
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Who, or what, are you most thankful for in your life?

Leave a comment because I’d love to know.

And, finally, I’m thankful for you. Thank you for allowing me into your inbox (and life!) to share my insights with you – hearing from you inspires me to continue sharing what I know to help you succeed.

Thank you for striving to reach your full potential – when you take action, you inspire those around you to be their best too.

Most of all, thank you for filling me with hope that the world can become a better place, one person at a time. So keep going – I am rooting for you!

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