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Title: Exceed Your Career Goals

Exceed Your Career Goals
  • Life is what happens to you while you are busy
    making other plans. Simply put, when you stop
    focusing on those things that matter most to you
    and what you believe in - then you allow life to
    pass you by. Do you strive to be relevant as a
    leader, business owner or entrepreneur - or do
    you allow the marketplace and what others want
    you to be dictate your career destiny?

Exceed your Career goals
  • We all have career aspirations to achieve yet
    many of us do not hold ourselves accountable
    enough to build the right foundation to achieve
    our aspirations.
  • Accomplishing goals, whether personal or
    professional, is often difficult. To begin with,
    you have to commit to goal setting - which many
    people would rather have others do for them.
    People may want to improve their lives and
    careers but dont always know how to start the
    journey. Others are fortunate enough to be
    awakened when least expected -- to discover the
    gifts (unique talent) bestowed upon them. When
    you experience the latter, it feels as if you
    have a secret that you are reluctant to share
    because you believe that no one will understand
    or appreciate the magnitude of this defining

  • Unfortunately, we have a lot of talented people
    in the workplace who - because they lack courage
    - have become jaded by others that were envious,
    disrupted their goals, and never had their best
    interests at heart. As a result, these people
    have stopped believing in themselves and instead
    only listen and act upon what others need from
    them - for the benefit of others rather than the
    advancement of themselves. This explains
  • Why so many people would rather be accountable to
    do for others - rather than think for themselves.
  • Why leaders have become followers and have lost
    their identity in the process.
  • Why dreams are broken, momentum is easily lost,
    and progress slows down.
  • Why people are so skeptical and earning trust is
    so difficult.
  • Why there is more animosity, remorse and anger in
    the world.and so on.

  • If you are leader, your responsibilities are to
    open doors and create opportunities for those who
    have earned it. Stop slowing down progress and
    allow individuality to take flight. Lets face
    it, the workplace and the marketplace are telling
    us that it is becoming less about the business
    defining the individual and much more about the
    individual defining the business. What are you
    doing to allow others to discover their gifts and
    reach their full potential?
  • Opportunities are everywhere, but few have eyes
    to see them.
  • To assure that you not only see and seize
    previously unseen opportunities - but also avoid
    the traps of complacency along the way - here are
    eight ways to exceed your aspirations throughout
    your career and lifes journey.

1. Dont Allow Negative Judgment to Disrupt Your
  • The only one that stands in your way - is
    yourself. Dont ever second-guess your ability
    and capabilities. Life is about confronting
    constant disappointments. Not everyone will value
    you or understand why they should. Rather than
    get frustrated, take a moment to understand their
    different perspectives. Write these down and
    create a journal perhaps you will find a common
    thread over time as to why you are being
    negatively judged. Appreciate feedback, whether
    good or bad - and learn from it. But never let it
    disrupt your focus, attitude and motivations.

2. Take Ownership and Strive To Be Relevant
  • Most people become irrelevant in their careers
    because they listen to those that dont
    understand what makes them unique and give them
    distinction. This is why it is incumbent upon you
    to take ownership of your career by doing
    everything possible to outwork and outsmart
    everyone else. This will require you to challenge
    the status quo and become more mindful about whom
    you associate yourself with.
  • Taking ownership requires action. The action you
    take in pursuit of being relevant may often be
    met with failure, envy and misunderstanding of
    your points of view. Ive experienced many times
    throughout my career that the best measurement of
    success in your pursuit of relevancy - is when
    the marketplace moves in your favor. In other
    words, the perspectives you share become valued -
    and you are welcomed into ecosystems where what
    makes you relevant equals the demand you were
    seeking to create.
  • When seeking to be relevant, you will either
    create new marketplace demand or you will latch
    onto a marketplace segment that is still
    maturing. If you dont experience either, you are
    off track. But never stop believing in yourself
    and never ignore what the marketplace is telling

3. Work Harder and Smarter Than Everyone Else
  • Get your hands dirty and learn to work harder
    than your competitors so they can never outsmart
    your efforts. Be courageous and take well-thought
    out chances. Allow risk to be your best friend.
    Aspirations fade when people are tempted to
    give-up and stop trying. Its much like the
    person that has a new years resolution to assume
    a healthier diet but cant stay away from the
    temptations of fast-food.
  • Success isnt easy. Being significant is even
    harder. To achieve both, you need to stay focused
    and work harder to understand everything about
    the goals and aspirations you seek to achieve.
    You need to become a subject matter expert to
    know your competition and to understand why
    people have failed in the past with similar
    ambitions. If you do your research, you will know
    everything you need to know to earn the
    credibility and respect necessary to break down
    barriers of doubt - as you begin to build bridges
    of hope and see opportunities previously unseen.

4. Stay Away From Envious People
  • Most people spend their lives battling the gulf
    between assimilation and authenticity. They
    struggle with being more of what others want them
    to be - rather than what they seek to be
    themselves. Envy has the ability to cloud your
    mind and make you question your own intentions.
    Dont let envy define your future or sway your
  • Dealing with envy is oftentimes a validation that
    you are on the right path towards achieving your
    aspirations. It is an indicator that you are
    evolving - and as such you will be confronted by
    people who are not.
  • As you begin to build momentum, you will know who
    has your back and your best interests at heart.
    When you detect envy, navigate around it so it
    doesnt become a distraction. The key is to
    remove yourself from it quickly before it clouds
    your decisions and slows your progress down.

5. Associate Yourself with People That Genuinely
Have Your Back
  • Stay away from leeches and loafers (the envious
    ones) and learn to gravitate to the leaders and
    lifters (those who genuinely have your back).
    Ive learned that in business and in life that
    you cant go at success alone. Its impossible.
    You have to surround yourself with people that
    have your best interests at heart. For they are
    the ones that will be the most objective about
    telling you the truth and guiding you in the
    right direction.
  • The types of relationships you have are
    indicative of your level of success. If you
    associate yourself with those that pull you down,
    rather than lift you up - you will find it
    difficult to evolve and achieve your aspirations.
    In the end, its all about people and you must
    know yourself well enough to be a good judge of
    character - to make the right decisions between
    the relationships you choose to invest in long
    term and those that dont add any real value.

6. Diversity of Thought Is Constructive Disruption
  • To exceed your aspirations, you may have to
    choose unconventional ways to get to your desired
    end game. I am not referring to unethical acts -
    but rather the ability to connect what appears to
    be unrelated into a well thought-out cohesive
  • For example, how many times have you dealt with
    long-standing employees that are so set in their
    ways that it makes it difficult to introduce new
    ideas and ideals? These days, quite frequently!
    These are the types of people that dont value
    differences and are against new ways of thinking.
    They are comfortable doing things the way theyve
    been done for years and maintaining the status
  • Instead, embrace diversity of thought and be a
    constructive disruptor. Dont allow people to
    confuse diversity of thought as a form of
    disorganized thinking. It is only disorganized to
    those that have grown complacent and lack courage
    to challenge the status quo. You cant be
    aspirational without being a constructive

7. Wisdom Prevails During Times of Adversity
  • How you respond when faced with adversity is what
    defines your ability to achieve your career
    aspirations. Adversity is very big when it is all
    you can see. But it is very small when in the
    presence of all else that surrounds you. The key
    to overcoming adverse circumstances is a matter
    of focus. Zoom in on it and you will see no
    opportunity. Zoom out and you will see it in the
    full context of all else that surrounds you - and
    many opportunities previously unseen will come
    into view.
  • Adversity is a matter of perspective. Its about
    tapping your wisdom (knowing what to do with the
    insights and knowledge that you have) to make the
    right decisions, keep the right attitude, and
    deal with complex circumstances and diversity of
  • Successful people have mastered the ability to
    think on their feet by allowing their wisdom to
    prevail during times of adversity.

8. Dont allow others Ignorance to Misguide You
  • Dont ever allow the ignorance of others to
    misguide you - or assume that someone who has an
    important title or works for a large company has
    all of the answers. Oftentimes they know a lot
    less than you might think.
  • For example, think of those who tout their
    accomplishments and act with a sense of
    entitlement - as if they made the investments
    with their own money, assumed all of the risk,
    and did all of the thinking that led to a
    particular success story. Ive learned that many
    executives have artificial power that is being
    lent to them by the organization (or brand) they
    serve. The position and role they assume has the
    power, not necessarily the person occupying it.
  • With this in mind, never stop testing your ideas
    and ideals - or start letting other peoples
    ignorance get in the way of achieving and
    exceeding your career aspirations.
  • I am absolutely convinced that everyone has the
    ability to be good - if not great at something.
    But I am equally certain that most people are
    thrown off-course and lack the courage to get
    back on track and define the course that will
    enable them to strengthen the belief, self-trust
    and potential in themselves. Every successful
    person has had to make a choice to be courageous.
    And every courageous person opens themselves up
    to the opportunity to exceed their goals and
    aspirations - by not only being successful, but

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