What are those ‘right steps’? Have a look!
1. Goal Setting
The first step is to realize what you want to be in life! Where you want to reach! How to set goal is yet another comprehensive task that should be dealt with prudently! Just wisely analyze your capabilities and your interests as these two plays a great role in selecting the right goal of your career! Don’t set an impractical and unreasonable goal that is beyond your capabilities and set only to please someone or to boost your caliber. Life of such goal is short and it is never achieved. Set realistic and stepwise goals.
2. Be Focused
Once you’re through with your goal setting initiative, it’s time to focus on the resources and steps that are required to reach your goal. Suppose you have set a goal of getting into HR field as a manager in 5 years. Now your focus should be to do an HR diploma or HR Degree course and then work as an HR Trainee under a reputed company to gain experience and then you need to proceed with the career advancement till you reach the management level! This is how you need to focus on every step of your career.
3. Make Wise Choices
Be wise when choosing the right resources and procedures to follow for achieving your goal. For example, if you want to be HR manager in 5 years, you may need to select the institute you would like to obtain HR degree/diploma. How wisely you select the best institute given your budget, circumstance, time and other factors is of the essence; and it will influence your career. So be optimistic and select the best option available before your using your discretion.
4. Positive Attitude
Positivity is miraculous; your goal is just a small achievement. You should have this attitude in your life. Howsoever big or small your goal is; a positive attitude is the only driving force that can push you towards achieving it, other than planning for other relevant steps. Always be flooded with positive energy and great inquisitiveness to learn and understand every new thing required to reach your goal.
5. Believe in Yourself
Believe builds confidence and confidence is one of the major traits of a winner. So, developing believe in yourself that you can achieve your career goal, under all odds, is crucial. These beliefs alone is the winning attitude that you must harbor in yourself. Never doubt your abilities; and always try to enhance it, by learning and practicing. The more you learn and practice, more believe you’ll be equipped with.
6. Be Creative
You should be creative in your every move. This attitude will set you apart from others, enabling you to approach your goal in a better way and quickly. Suppose, if you are a trainee in a corporate, performing your duties putting your creative instincts. You will be promoted much earlier and you will earn more trust and confidence of your peers and seniors. Try to be creative in all your tasks; it will help you achieve your goals in a better way. Being creative is a brain game that utilizes your creative juices, which everyone is gifted with by birth. You need to develop and realized this trait and utilize at the right time!
7. Be Proactive
This quality can save you from unwanted situations! You would have often landed in a situation that was unexpected for you but in reality, it is not so! It was already there, but you could not realize its existence. If you could develop the skill of identifying the difficulties before it actually surfaces, and can act in advance to avoid such issues, you can always be a step ahead of others in your career. This is called being proactive – thinking and taking action beforehand to handle any expected difficulty!
8. Communicate Strongly
If you have a powerful communication, you are already a winner. But in case if you are not a great communicator, you should bush up this skill as this skill can flourish your career manifolds and you can achieve your goal faster and proficiently. How to improve your communication skills?
You can get a brief idea to improve it, in this post 13 Tips to Improve your Communication Skills.
9. Nurture Strong Network
Good social network and staying connecting with right people of your profession, taste, and industry can also provide you with great impetus in promoting your career. Cultivating a meaningful and rich network of professionals, with a great background and those from whom you can learn and sharpen your professional skills, can be beneficial. It should be retained as a treasure, but just ensure the network is highly professional and trustworthy! You will get a new boost in your career gradually!
10. Earn Trust
This is yet another trait that you need to develop if you really want to be established as a reputed and trustworthy professional in your career. Be professional and retain your word if you have promised anyone in your profession to complete a task in a decided deadline. This is how trust is built in a profession. This will establish you as a trustworthy professional which is very important in today scenario when people are losing trust on each other.
Every day before going to bed, you should analyze your regular activities to realize how worthwhile your day was and what did not go well in the day. Regular introspection will help you realize how close or far you are from your goal, and it will help you redesign and customize your routine to perform better in your daily schedule. This evaluation is very necessary or else you would never realize how far have you come and how many miles you have to walk to reach your goal.
These are some of the basic steps to be successful in career but this is not all. There are several small aspects too that are still there to help you in achieving your goal which includes – your energy level, your family background, your passion, your hobbies, your habits, your family environment etc. So just ensure that you try to follow these guidelines to enjoy a successful career.
Success in your career cannot be achieved in a day, week or month. It takes years; that too if you are on the right track. All the best for your successful career!