Creating a Mindset for Professional Advancement

There are many reasons that someone may have for wanting to progress in their professional field. For some, it can be the passion behind what they do. They want to share their influence and love of their career by continuing to push forward in their industries. For others, the monetary benefits can help them pursue other personal ventures and create an overall balanced life. Some simply enjoy doing a job well done, being part of a team that can effectively complete tasks and share in these feelings of success after a hard-working day. Whichever reason that someone may have for wanting to continue to push their professional careers into new heights or higher positions, there are a few things to consider to help someone develop the proper mindset for their own success and health. 

Decide What You Want for Yourself

There are a lot of stigmas surrounding the culture of hard work in the United States. There are notions that someone needs to always be working, and that more hours working means that someone is doing a better job. Our culture promotes the idea that each person should always be pushing for the next level of professional success. However, forcing oneself to engage in this kind of culture, even when they do not want to is the quickest way to reach burnout. Furthermore, this lifestyle includes a large degree of mental and emotional damage resulting from working too hard while feeling like someone gains little from the effort. Pursuing professional advancement is a great thing, but it isn’t the only way that someone can try to measure their success. It is just as important that someone realizes they want to divert their energies elsewhere. Instead, you may pursue success on a personal front. Maybe you define success differently than other people. You prefer to spend your time being a successful parent, publishing a book, or running a successful podcast. Hard work isn’t just measured by one’s rank in a company. Instead, it is measured by the pursuit of the goals that someone sets for themselves in life. 

Preparing for Professional Advancement

It is vital for those who want to pursue a higher status in their occupations to recognize their shortcomings. Realize that there are many things that someone may not know and may not realize that they need to ask about. Fortunately, there is no reason that someone can’t ask questions of their peers or other members of the same profession across the country. These questions may even lead to finding a mentor of sorts that can help someone understand the industry’s inner workings and recognize where their place in the business may be. Asking questions can begin to create a better picture of what one’s work-life will look like at these new heights. Networking is also a hugely beneficial tool for someone to use. Having access to continually changing techniques in one’s field can make a huge difference. Staying up-to-date on technological developments is also a great way to stay current and well-informed. Looking for the next step in the industry can help someone find their footing while establishing oneself as a progressive, self-motivated individual. 

Set Reasonable Goals

Someone’s passion can take them a long way, but there will be a lot of hard work and time that they need to put in as well. Setting reasonable goals means establishing expectations that are not just possible but measurable. It may be unrealistic to expect to be promoted to a manager after only two weeks on the job, no matter how much potential someone shows. However, learning how to work autonomously and begin to problem-solve independently after two weeks may be a more realistic goal. This goal requires someone to continue to assert themselves. It forces someone to take stock of the resources available to them in the professional environment. Using the S.M.A.R.T goal structure can help make these goals reasonable, with the letters standing for “specific,” “manageable,” “achievable,” “relevant,” and “time-based,” respectively. 

Learn Your Voice

Learning one’s voice means two different things. First, it means understanding the actual lexicon of the industry that one is working in. It also means finding one’s agency to assert themselves in a professional environment. Voice is also key to understanding the interpersonal dynamics that are present in almost every work environment. Making a point to work with people that one doesn’t work with regularly can give a different perspective and can also help someone practice and refine their professional voice. It can also help them regulate their own interpersonal management skills if they don’t particularly get along with these new or different coworkers. 

Getting ahead on your own professional goals is incredibly stressful, and there can be many factors at play. Dealing with the workplace’s stress is a constant, especially when you want to continue to progress internally, and getting into the right mindset is just the first step. At LifeTutors, caring professionals will work alongside you to continue to develop your own perspective for professional advancement. Whether you are looking for a specific position or just want some tips, LifeTutors can help. With experience helping many kinds of people, LifeTutors employs a boots-on-the-ground attitude towards your own professional and personal development. Every case is different, and we’ll work with you to define specific and attainable goals. For more information on how LifeTutors can help you, call to speak to one of our professionally trained staff members today at (828) 417-7122.


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