Why Challenging Yourself Can Be The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Career
Challenging yourself shouldn't be scary, it should be rewarding
My sister shared a story about how in playing ping-pong with her grandson recently she was able to win matches. Her grandson was in the process of learning a new technique of spinning the ball, and while ultimately this new technique should give him the upper competitive hand, in the interim, the learning curve has been slowing him down.
I could sense her admiration for her grandson, as he focused in on a goal and was willing to lose a few matches in order to achieve a greater vision. His ability to embrace the discomfort of change was empowered by his confidence in the future.
This immediately made me think of my careerist clients, many of whom have not experienced the discomfort of job search in a very long time–or perhaps ever. When preparing to change career course – whether prompted by a layoff or by an internal desire to jump ship for something newer and more challenging – unfamiliar, uncomfortable and vulnerable feelings often emerge.
Moreover, once they have made the decision (or are forced into the decision through being let go) to make a career move, careerists often want to move quickly. Their desire to take action and ensure their next-phase job goal materializes puts them in a sense of overdrive, often empowered by anxiety.
To ask them to slow down a bit and embrace the learning curve of depicting their value through an articulate series of story points and portfolio messaging feels uncomfortable and frustrating, and initially deflating. That being said, this time of discomfort is where the true growth happens. [Tweet "Challenging yourself may seem daunting but now is the best time to do it."]
Here are three tips to help you embrace this period of time:
Learn to love the resume building process
[Tweet "Shaping a new resume, while not a one-two punch, is in fact exhilarating for you and your career"]. Perhaps the most integral part of the job search begins (and ends) here, as a resume stimulates and drives the overall conversation, from piquing employer interest through to the interview exchange and on to salary negotiation phases.
Tip: Remind yourself of the moments behind each job title and career achievement; it’ll help remind you of the joy you felt during that process.
Stop staring at the watch
While deadlines and specific time constraints should definitely be met, give yourself enough time to not have to worry about time. When the pressure of meeting a deadline is removed from the process there’s a greater likelihood you’ll let yourself enjoy it.
Tip: Once you sit down to exert these muscles, flip your phone over and turn away from all clocks, so that the temptation to measure time is removed.
Two steps forward, one step back is not always a bad thing
There are certain skills that call for multiple missteps before you’ve perfected them, try not to punish yourself for tripping through the process. Instead focus on how diligently you’re moving forward and challenging yourself.
Tip: Jot down words of encouragement on post-it notes around your workspace — they’ll be gentle reminders of why patience is key during this process.
The multifaceted introspective process involves digging into emotional and rational thought layers to enable gems to emerge. It may require you to lose a few initial interview opportunity matches to the other candidate while you up your game. In the long run though, the overall journey will be worth it.
Originally posted on LinkedIn on January 30th 2017
Need some coaching for your career transition? Contact 3Plus now!
Found that interesting?
Learn more about our services
Make your dreams a reality with a professional evaluation of your career to date.
The evidence is in. More women in your company can deliver 35% greater financial returns. (Catalyst)
Dates for the Diary
JUNE 6-8TH 2019 - OMBUDSPERON EUROPEAN WOMEN’S LOBBY BRUSSELS
Download and listen free podcasts
How to Create an Effective USP What is a USP? Our Unique Selling Point or UVP (Unique Value Proposition) is our key core message about where...read more
How to Rethink the Modern Workplace for Gender Equality New research shows that diversity and inclusion is a top priority for leaders. So why...read more
Menopause in the workplace In this podcast with Nicki Williams award winning author, keynote speaker and Founder of Happy Hormones for Life,...read more
How to Cultivate Empathy in the Workplace Nancy Milton, international business communications expert, keynote speaker and author, share some vital...read more
Taking Care of your COW Tanvi Guatam, international Personal Branding expert says there is a misconception out there that a personal brand is...read more
The importance of Hard Talk Dawn Metcalfe, author of Managing the Matrix and Hard Talk, shares with us tips to achieve the lasting communication...read more
When Does Female Rivalry Turn into Sabotage There’s a lot of stuff written on social media about female rivalry and competition between women. Some...read more
Goal setting tips to boost your career The happiest people are those that really love their jobs. Those that don’t, dread Sunday nights and...read more
Sexism: How to stage a Bystander Intervention in the Workplace In this power coaching podcast, we're going to tackle one of the questions...read more
How to Get Noticed by Head Hunters & Recruiters In this power coaching podcast, we're going to tackle one of the questions asked multiple...read more
Find out how women upskill their careers, which is vital not just to boost your career progression, but to protect your employment opportunities.read more
Last minute networking doesn’t work, so here our some of our best tips on how to keep up with your network on a more regular basis.read more
While men dominate positions of power, and are used as the standard model, invisible women suffer the consequences.read more