In today’s economy, finding a good job can be tough — and experiencing career growth can be even tougher. That’s why it’s so important to build your personal brand and bring your A game every day.
If you’re tired of your career remaining stagnant, here are three ways to catapult its growth:
1. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone every day
If you want to experience growth in any aspect of your life, you have to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. When it comes to your career, you’ll remain stagnant if you let yourself get too comfortable.
This can be especially true for the self-employed person and the commission-based employee. For instance, when I first started building my own online business, I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone multiple times a day. I always kept it in my head that the worst thing I was going to hear from someone was “no.” As I pushed myself, my business consistently grew. When I stopped, my income stagnated.
If you want to find success, you have to be willing to do the things that other people won’t do. That means pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone often.
2. Be adaptable
Due to technology and a less-than-stellar economy, the workforce is constantly changing.
Jobs that were available last year have now been outsourced or eliminated. Technology from just a few months ago has already been replaced by something bigger and better.
From a career standpoint, this means you need to be highly adaptable. Keep your skills sharp, and constantly try to learn about changes in your field. This way, you’ll be able to keep up with the changing economy — rather than have it leave you behind.
3. Do the hardest things first
There’s an undeniable power that surfaces when you do your most difficult tasks first.
When you structure your day to attack your toughest challenges before anything else, your productivity will soar. You’ll get so much more accomplished.
In his book, “Eat That Frog,” author Brian Tracy recommends making a list of the tasks that have the biggest impact on your career. Now concentrate on those two or three important tasks, and complete them before working on anything else.
By focusing on this strategy, you’ll not only grow professionally — but you’ll also eliminate a lot of work-related stress.
In today’s competitive job market, it’s important that you position yourself to stay on top. What are your best tips for career growth?