I’ve never been much for New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I like reviewing the previous year’s accomplishments, challenges, and outcomes. This year, I used an assessment wheel to evaluate different areas of my life:
- Fun and recreation
- Money and finances
- Physical environment
- Personal growth
- Health and wellness
- Friends, family, and significant others
As I considered all the aspects of the wheel, specifically regarding career, it helped me think about my:
- Work environment
- Opportunities for growth
- Current commitments
All great things to think about! Which led me to pulling down a book from my shelf, “How Women Rise,” by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith. I read this book several years ago and absolutely LOVED it! The authors recognized women “face specific and often different roadblocks from men as they advance in the workplace”. So, as you look back on your 2022, and specifically your career, how are you feeling? Do you feel stuck?
Helgesen and Goldsmith ask these questions:
- Do you feel something is preventing you from moving forward or from leading the life you’re supposed to be living?
- Do you feel unable to break through circumstances that are conspiring to hold you down?
- Do you feel as if your contributions are not recognized or appreciated?
- Do you feel the people around you have no idea what you’re capable of achieving?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, then this book is for you! If, like me, you are wondering how to become unstuck, then reading this book will help you uncover the habits that hold you back from rising to your full career potential.
For a more gender-neutral point of view, read “What Got You Here, Won’t Get you There,” by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter. This book is a broader stroke on the question, “What is holding you back?”
I hope you unearth the habits that no longer serve you. I believe leaving them behind will get you further down your path to success. Please connect with me and let me know how you got unstuck.
You’ve got this! Together anything is possible!