Let’s face it, aspects of your career can be frustrating.. Maybe you feel you are in a dead end job with no way out. You may try to look for another job but end up with no results. How do you stop this cycle of weariness?
You can do this by taking personal mastery of your career. Personal mastery gives you the ability to deal with stress and improve you confidence. It can be used to take ownership of your career. Doing this can bring a positive impact on your everyday life as well as to work effectively.
For the sake of this article, we will refer to mastery of your career development as career mastery. This is where you combine personal development and growth to your professional development. Here are the five different elements of career mastery.
Be active. You need to know what it is you want. Identify goals and take necessary actions to achieve them. This provides a roadmap of career success by identifying your destination. It helps to overcome barriers and limitations. Take consistent action daily and make positive strides.
Develop your network. There are three things that are most helpful in your career. 1. Your Network. 2. Your Network. 3. (You guessed it) Your Network. First, connect with yourself first to understand what you will interact with others for. Then identify those who can help you in your career progression.
Be learning. Do not just concentrate on the skills necessary to do your existing job. You need to know your options are. Information is now so readily available that you can learn any new skill with time and focus..
Being focused. Speaking of focused, when setting your goals you need to make decisions on how you can meet them. Focus helps to direct your energy and saves time and effort. One of the frustrating aspects of careers is doing too much without direction.
Recognize what you can achieve. It is important to know your potential. Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Too many individuals depreciate their skills and achievements and do not recognize what positive changes they have made.
When you use these elements they can improve behavior and attitude in relation to your career. These basic essentials can be applied whether you are working for an organization, self-employed or even doing something on the side. They can also be applied with different scenarios from graduating college students to mid-career professionals who want to make a change.
This may sound all good on paper, but what does it really mean? It means you can look at your career from a different perspective. The key to this is to be working towards continuous improvement. You also need to have a vision giving a framework that would keep you on track.
You also need self-discipline. It is about taking responsibility for the direction that you want your career to take. You would slowly realize the full value of your skills and talents. Discipline clarifies your perspective and shows how you can be successful.
The combination of having an overall vision as well as the discipline of making improvements consistently no matter how slight can bring benefits. Eventually you can take ownership of your career by setting the direction and steps you want to achieve your goals.