What Do You Think is Holding You Back?
What do you tell yourself about what is holding you back? You need another degree? Your boss doesn’t like you? You have to relocate for the next step? You’re too old? Too young? You’ve been out of work too long? Your technical skills aren’t current? You’re overweight/a minority/gay/a woman? You don’t fit into the culture? They don’t think you’re a ‘hi-po’?
Whatever it is, I have two questions for you:
1) How do you know you’re right?
Are you sure that you aren’t looking at it through ‘victim’ eyes? What is your evidence that you are right? Are you the only one with this problem? Are you fully engaged, working as hard as you can, delivering results and this is still happening? Or have you checked out? Have you talked to anyone about what is going on? Have you asked for feedback? Has this been a pattern at other organizations/with other bosses/in other jobs? Are you on an emotional roller coaster or on an even keel?
If you are right in your assessment of what is holding you back, I have another question:
2) What are you going to do about it?
If you need another degree, why don’t you get one? No, really, why not? No money? No time? Look at it through business case eyes–will it get you a better job, with more money, with a higher quality of life? If so, tell me again why not?
If you are ‘too’ old, find someplace that appreciates your wisdom. Why not? There are places that do. Just because your present organization doesn’t DOES not mean they all don’t. Go FIND a better place.
Whatever the thing is that is holding you back, it is possible to overcome it. It is possible to find a solution. Set an audacious goal to fix/solve/overcome it and then do it. Maybe it is the way you’re looking at it that is really what is holding you back?
Who can fix THAT?
(Did you notice that I asked more than two questions?:-))