In a past article, I wrote about the 5 simple steps to reaching your ultimate potential. It covers points that are applicable in all aspects of yourself and your life. In this article, we are going to be a bit more specific. We are going to talk about reaching your ultimate career potential.
This is for the people who feel they are stagnant in their career development, for those who are just starting out with their career journey, or even those who are already doing well and want to do better. Just know sometimes, where you are right now isn’t always where you are supposed to be.
Here are simple steps and advice on how you can reach your ultimate career potential (in just 5 simple ways):
Know Your Capabilities
First, you really do have to know yourself. What are your strengths and expertise? Where do you excel at? What are your weaknesses? Once you’ve made yourself aware of those points, you will have a clear view of what you need to improve and what you need to harness.
I actually had people tell me that they don’t do anything with their weaknesses. Yes, they are aware of their weaknesses but they don’t focus that much energy on it. Instead, they focus on their strength and continue to improve it. I believe that is one way of truly mastering your craft. However, if you want to be more versatile and flexible in your area of expertise, I would suggest addressing both of your strengths and weaknesses.
Whether you are a freelancer, a business owner, or a corporate employee, you need to remain proactive. Don’t wait for projects or gigs to just magically land on your lap if you are a freelancer. If you are a business owner, don’t expect to gain customers by just waiting. And if you are an employee, don’t wait for your boss to hand you a list of tasks.
Now, I am not telling you to exhaust and pressure yourself into badgering people, customers, and your boss. There are ways wherein you can actively promote yourself. If you are a writer, you can post articles on Medium or LinkedIn. If you are a designer, you can make a portfolio or upload your designs on Behance and other similar websites. If you are an employee, think of ways on how you can do and contribute more to the company.
Just don’t sit there and wait. Unless you are proactive and determined, nothing will happen.
Learn to Communicate
This somehow corresponds to the previous point. Being proactive requires effective communication. You can’t gain any new prospects if you let yourself remain hidden and stay quiet. And if you are in a networking event, how would you gain new networks and connections if you will just stay in the corner and sip your mine?
Effective communication covers a lot of factors, and this includes being pleasant, having a confident tone in the way you speak, think, and act, and knowing when to say certain words and when to keep quiet.
Where do you see yourself? How will you know if you are already contented and happy with your career choice and path? To answer this, you need to set your goals. The types of goals you would want to lay out are measurable and attainable goals. Try to list down specific goals as much as possible. If your ultimate goal is to be “contented with my career choice”, you need to think of the steps and milestones you need to take to reach that stage. Do you want to start your own business? Do you want a promotion? Your goals should urge you to keep moving forward.
Know Your Limits
I cannot stress this enough. Know your limits. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. You will never achieve the best version of yourself if you are tired, uninspired, and burnt out. You can never finish your work if you are constantly sick. You won’t be able to give your 100% if you lack sleep. You are your greatest investment. Handle yourself with utmost care.
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