So, when was the last time you put yourself in the path(s) of corporate giants?
How successful were you? Did you get stomped on? Did they by-pass you? Step over you? Around you?
Did you see their dust as they sped by?
Or , were you successful? Got those giants to look down and see what was impeding their path?
If you didn’t succeed, why not?
If you did succeed, what did you do that force them to take notice of you?
Out in the Streets
you hear the most ridiculous stories of how people “almost” made it to the top, but were sabotaged. Seriously? How much effort did you put into that forward movement of yours? Will you consider it a ‘life or death’ stroke or would you consider it half-hearted at least.
Many people don’t seem to realize that by putting yourself somewhere where normal people wouldn’t do takes a great act of courage. A personal choice to take that additional step forward so that you can grasp that next gold ring. Putting yourself forward takes a great deal of self confidence knowing that you’re the best. You’re the person that should get the job — the newly created position — someone to take notice of your achievements.
How does one do that? Getting their achievements noticed? Is it a random thing or does one actually plan on getting ahead. Is it an act of self-consciousness where you are aware of what additional skills you need, then decide to put your best foot forward and zoom ahead of the competition?
Let’s take a closer look.
It’s more than standing up on your desk or chair and singing the national anthem at the top of your voice. It’s a bit more complicated than that. The first item on you’re ‘to-do getting notice list is, Believing in Yourself. Is that it, you ask? Believe in yourself? Really? Then that’s a no brainer. It’s a bit more involved. What does it entail? It’s a combination of not only believing in yourself, but getting others (the powers-2-be) believing in you as well. Plus your co-workers. Everyone has to be on the same level. They all (peers & bosses) believe in you. Know that you can do the job without hesitation or asking allot of questions that you should already know the answers to. It sounds so simple. Belief in oneself. However, not everyone has the same degree of self-belief that other people have. And, even if you do believe in yourself, you still have the other half of the equation to convince that you’re a capable person.
The second item on the list is, Self-Confidence. Self confidence is more than carrying yourself well and making others believe that nothing will ripple your feathers, it’s your personal belief system that you can handle anything that comes along with calm, ability, and the innate desire to see yourself successful.
The third item on the list is, Strength. Strength is an ‘innie’ ‘outie’ think like your belly button. Inner Strength is what keeps you upright when you need to stand tall and firm. Outer Strength is what balances you and prepares you for whatever forceful gales come in life, in business or in pleasure. Outer strength prepares you for the daily battles one fights on the front lines, but also understands that to become successful, you must reserve your inner strength to bend before a great force. A great force being your boss, his/her boss or from your peer group. Nothing is resolved when everyone comes in swinging.
The fourth item is Negotiation. That’s when you know it’s time to speak clearly and make yourself understood to your boss or their boss or co-workers. It precedes Strategy which most people who strive to get into upper management must use at all times in their career to further themselves.
Somewhere on this list is also ‘interpersonal skills’ which we’ll go over at another time.
Meanwhile, the next time you want to put yourself in the paths of corporate giants, remember what’s at stake and just ‘do it!’