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Discover the Best Strategies for Career Success as a High Achiever

Layoffs are happening. The economy is in twists - again!

But you don't panic - you've built something strong, something resilient around yourself. An iron dome of sorts - shielding you from the worst hits.

Sure, you might face a small stumble, a slight setback, but with this armor, you're set to bounce back twice as strong.

That's the dream, right?

The ability to not just survive, but thrive, even when things look bleak.

This can be your reality. But to make it happen, we need to be smart. We need to be prepared. First, let's get a clear view of these 7 twists and turns that the world might throw at us.

Navigating through them is key!

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High Achievers Guide to Career Navigation

Recognize THE Red Flags of Career Stagnation

Staying in the same job for too long can make you lose interest and energy. It's like being stuck in a rut where you don't feel excited about your work anymore. It's really important to notice these signs early so you can make changes and start enjoying your job again.

To combat this, one of the key strategies for career success is to be proactive and intentional about staying out of the burnout zone. Regular self-assessment can help you identify when you're beginning to feel overwhelmed or disengaged.

When you feel overworked, it's a good idea to take some time off. Use this time to do things you like, relax, or spend time with friends and family. This can help you feel better and think more clearly about your job.

Also, invest in learning new things or getting better at what you do. This can make your job more interesting and will lead to unexpected opportunities.

Taking Charge of Your Progress

Waiting in the wings for opportunities can stifle your career growth. Instead, embrace proactive career management: forge new connections, hunt down opportunities, and continually polish your skillset.

Advancing strategically in your career means understanding the market value of your role and persistently building upon your skills and value. Be proactive - it’s the most effective remedy against career stagnation. Networking will help. Stay active.

The Double-Edged Sword of Overwork

Hard work is vital, but overdoing it can backfire, often being misconstrued as poor time management or inability to handle tasks efficiently. This can inadvertently hinder your progress up the career ladder.

Take enough time to really think about the problems you're facing at work. Come up with good ideas and plans, and then put them into action. Also, don't forget to support and encourage your team. Being positive and helpful to others can make you look like a better leader. This can really help improve how people see you at work.

Master Salary Negotiations

Negotiate your compensation. Not negotiating your salary or not going after job promotions can cost you a lot of money, especially if you're in the middle of your career. If you're not confident about how to negotiate, it might be a good idea to get help from a professional. Negotiating can be tricky and there's a lot at stake.

Think about it this way: if you're around 40 years old and you don't negotiate an extra $50,000 for your salary, it might not just be that $50,000 you're missing out on. Over the years, that amount can add up, especially when you consider raises and potential investment growth. By the time you retire, that $50,000 could have turned into a lot more, possibly even millions. So, not negotiating can have a big impact on your financial security in the long run.

Bounce Back from sabbaticals

For those who have stepped back from their career path, perhaps due to a sabbatical or because of the pandemic, now is the time to reclaim your trajectory. Take it slow. Celebrate every win - no matter how small.

Be intentional about creating a blueprint and going after it. Remember, you are not alone. Many are doing the same. Find your tribe!

Assert Your Presence

You will get mansplained and talked over.

One effective strategy to counteract this and assert your presence is the 'Three-Second Rule.' This approach involves intentionally waiting for three seconds before responding to a comment or question. The purpose of this pause is multifold. Firstly, it gives you time to compose your thoughts and respond with clarity and purpose, rather than reacting impulsively.

Additionally, pausing before you respond commands attention.

Furthermore, try incorporating a three-second pause in between your sentences or points. This technique can be particularly powerful. It creates a rhythm in your speech that demands attention.

Build a strong online brand

Create a platform that is uniquely you - a viewpoint, a strong thought-leadership and build you connections.

Create content. Actively engage with others' content as well. Commenting, sharing, and discussing others' posts not only helps build relationships but also increases your visibility in your network. It shows that you are not just there to broadcast your own ideas but are also interested in and appreciative of others' contributions.

In essence, building a unique platform and network is an investment in your professional future. It's a space where you can share and grow, and in turn, it will support and sustain you through the various phases of your career.

In conclusion, as a high achiever, it's easy to get wrapped up in solving all the world's problems. Consider this a reminder to keep a finger on the pulse of your own career growth. Actively managing your career path is essential; this involves seeking out opportunities, understanding the market value of your role, and expanding your network.

If you are ready to accelerate your career, book a complimentary call with me. We can discuss your goals, and how I can help you achieve them.

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