Have you had the same job for years while other women advance to leadership positions? Why is that? It isn’t that they are smarter or have more education or experience, in fact, in some cases, your skills far exceed their abilities. So why do they advance while you stay put?
The reason can be summed up with one word: INTENTION. According to Wikipedia, Intention can be defined as:
Intention is a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involves mental activities such as planning and forethought.
Women advance when they put their minds to the intended direction of their career and then set about making it happen. In previous articles and especially in my book Accelerate Your Impact, I talk about a number of the strategies necessary for advancement:
- Personal branding
- Identifying your impact and influence
- Flexing your “Risk Muscle”
- Building your network
- Communicating your goals
- Seeking help from others
- Continual learning
All of these are part of the strategy that demonstrates your intention to advance in your career.
It is easy to just keep our head down and follow the same patterns from day to day. There is a fear associated with breaking the boundaries of our norm, however, it is through that intentional change that we find our greater purpose.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What would a perfect day look like?
- How does it differ from my actual day?
- What is holding me back from achieving that perfect day?
Women advance because they chose to – they set a goal and then, with purpose and intention, they begin the journey to achieve those goals. It is never too late to start. Check out this success story from the Entrepreneur article Success Can Come at Any Age:
Carol Gardner, Zelda Wisdom
When you’re 52, newly divorced, broke and depressed, you’d think that the last thing on your mind would be starting a company. Then again, it might be just what the doctor ordered.
After getting a dog at her therapist’s recommendation, Carol Gardner won a local Christmas card contest with a picture of the dog and a funny quip. The win inspired Gardner to start a greeting card company, which she named after her dog, Zelda. In 2010, Zelda Wisdom was valued at roughly $50 million, showing that you truly never know where your next great idea might come from.
One thing that may be holding you back is your inability to say NO when additional tasks and responsibilities are asked of you. I understand that struggle and have compiled a collection of resources and tools to help called The Power of No.
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If you want to get to the next step in your career and life, you have to change how and where you spend your time each day.
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If you have the desire and the intention – that next promotion could be yours. Women advance because they set their minds to it, because they work toward it and because they let those around them know that is their goal. If advancement is your goal – today is a great day to start making it happen.
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JJ DiGeronimo — the president of Tech Savvy Women — is a speaker, author, and thought leader for women in tech and girls and STEM. Through her work, JJ empowers professional women and consults with senior executives on strategies to retain and attract women in technology to increase thought and leadership diversity within organizations.
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