Why You’re Struggling to Establish Meaningful Career Growth

Like it or not, career growth ultimately comes down to YOU; the choices made, steps taken and commitment to results are massively paramount. It's a harsh reality that's never easily digestible, no matter how true we know it to be; still, it's best for it to be mentioned, because there’s no forward movement without the acceptance and acknowledgment of personal responsibility and accountability.


You’re here because you care about your career’s growth and as we proceed, just ask yourself and establish, “what makes your career’s growth important for you?” Allow the answer to be your anchor point, throughout this article so that you will be able to, meaningfully, connect its content to your story and all that’s relevant to you.


Additionally, the questions throughout this article are actual coaching questions that will help you to define and, maybe, discover relevant details that either help you to paint a picture about where you are, where you're going and where you want to go,


"What makes your career’s growth important for you?” Allow the answer to be your anchor point

You lack a sense of direction


Not all movement is relevant movement, because even a ship without a sail and someone at the helm, to navigate, will drift along with the tide. By definition, this is movement, but it lacks intentionality, and the ship is at the mercy of forces that aren’t obligated to act in its favor. Similarly, your career will not move in ways that are satisfactory, to you, if you aren't the one, who raises and lowers the sails or stands at the helm, to steer.


Take a step back and look at your current trajectory. What is and isn't working for you? From there, map out a projection that singles out a desired destination or outcome. From there, you may find that you're, now, able to intuitively fill in the details of what specific pathways it takes to get you there, and for what doesn't come intuitively, it will come as you follow through, purposefully, with your now defined map. Happy sailing captain.


Your career will not move in ways that are satisfactory, to you, if you aren't the one, who raises and lowers the sails or stands at the helm, to steer.

You don't leverage your network


Everyone has a friend, who has a friend, who knows a guy, who's sister's bestie's brother might be able to help you with a connection, insight or recommendation that, just, may make all the difference in your career's journey. For whatever reason, you just aren't leveraging the power of networks.


Need convincing? Well, I've got you. According to this Linkedin study, 85% of positions are filled thanks to some form of networking, so knowing this, understand that this may be one of the things standing in the way of your meaningful career growth.


For some, it's easier said than done and you may find that you need to work past some of the thoughts and reservations that may be holding you back, in this regard. It is here that I'll draw your attention back to that anchor point, we established earlier. Why is it important for you to pursue this growth in your career? What would working past these limitations do for your career's growth?


You may find that you need to work past some of the thoughts and reservations that may be holding you back.

You feel like you don't deserve it


It's okay. No one is judging you, because truth be told, at some point, we all question if we are deserving of the things we earn and truly want. It's more common than you think. Keep in mind that getting to where you are now wasn't a matter of luck or timing. YOU did the work, and YOU reaped the achievements.


In the past, I worked with clients, who would've used affirmations to remind themselves that they are deserving of their current and future success. Additionally, some persons put their focus into silencing the voice in their head, in order to minimize self-sabotage and self-deterrence.


What's important here is coming up with your own strategies, so that the effects generated are tailored to your specific needs and personality, thus, ensuring that you are able to move beyond this stage and get the wheels, of career growth, in motion again.


Keep in mind that getting to where you are now wasn't a matter of luck or timing. YOU did the work, and YOU reaped the achievements.

You don't make the most of your time


With only 24 hours in the day, roughly, one third spent sleeping and the other 16 hours being swallowed up, into some unknown abyss, it may be necessary for you to look at what you're doing with your time, along with who and what you're spending it on. Surely, there is some measure of that time that you can reclaim and redirect into, for the least, one thing that can be counted as a measure, contributing to your career's growth.


What is it that you may need to let go of/disconnect from, to ensure that you are making the most of your time? For me, this meant reducing the number of times I reached for my phone to scroll through social media, check emails or send memes to my contacts, and instead, redirecting that attention towards maximizing productivity and working on my goals. For you, it may look differently. What one thing can you do, to help move you forward?


What is it that you may need to let go of/disconnect from, to ensure that you are making the most of your time?

You aren't investing in yourself


Meaningful career growth, at times, requires others to believe in and take a chance on you, and one of the best ways to prove that you are worth investing in is to invest in your own self, and take it seriously.


In the countless ways that doing that can show up, some of the most meaningful are investments in physical health, mental wellness and education. The people that are sufficiently motivated, place meaningful career growth into the upper echelon, of their definition of professional success, and take extra steps such as working alongside a career coach. If this sounds like you, or you are curious about the success that career coaching would help you achieve, seize this moment to book a free 1-on-1 discovery call, with yours truly, so that we can begin to remove the struggle from your desired career growth.


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