Stop Hesitating And Go For That Promotion Now
Don’t allow crippling self-doubt to stall or even stop your career development. If you are hesitating about your next promotion, then don’t. You may feel that you haven’t got much of a chance, but in truth you have as good a chance as others, and if you prepare yourself, even more so.
The factors affecting career development are many. However, after working with middle managers for over 35 years I can tell you honestly that fear of failure is the first and last reason they don’t apply for promotions.
Your chances for promotion aren't as slim as you think, and in fact with the right attitude you could be in with a good chance. The factors affecting career development are available for you to learn, and put to use. It’s up to you, though. No one is more deserving than you, but are you ready?
If you are happy to do the same job day in, day out. If you are satisfied with your current pay, and don’t need any extra money, and if you would rather see others promoted over you year after year then don’t read any further.
Read on, however, if you would like to know why you have a better chance now than ever before in getting that promotion.
You Have the Same Rights As Others in Your Department
As long as you are doing your job well, you have the same right to promotion as others in your department. It may feel like your boss is against you, but that is probably not the case. In fact, your boss probably wants you to shine, but for various reasons they are not seeing you in the best light.
Always keep in mind that you are entitled to a promotion, but remember that your boss is looking for the qualities of a senior manager in you now.
Those who have been promoted over you have displayed certain characters that you may have, but are not showing. These might be a positive work attitude, an aptitude to being solution-focused, and taking responsibility for mistakes and fixing then them.
Do you have these qualities? Be honest! If you think there are areas where you could improve then make them. Don’t sit around waiting for your boss to tell you that you are not good enough. Instead, prove to them that you have the same rights and are entitled to be considered for that next promotion.
Overcoming Your Fear of Rejection
If you have tried before and been rejected then it is understandable that you have a fear of rejection. This fear can be crippling, and it is what is keeping you stuck in the same job year after year. Fearing rejection is normal, and many middle managers like you suffer as a result of them.
Don’t allow this fear to stop you. There may have been good reasons why you were rejected in the past, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be promoted in the future, right?
Do you lack certain skills or the right attitude? Does your resume look old hat and stale? Should you start studying management techniques or a course that will ensure you are promotion-ready?
These are just some ways to help you overcome that fear of rejection. There are many more, and all may need to be considered.
You Have Just As Good a Chance as Anyone
You got to where you are now because you are talented, hardworking and dedicated to your company. And, these are qualities the senior managers in your company are looking for. They only need you to step forward and show them by proving to them that you are ready for that promotion by going that one step further and being prepared.
Write this down: I Have Just As Good a Chance as Anyone! Keep this note beside your desk or text it to yourself each day.
As well, if you are doubting your own abilities sit down with a mentor or your boss and ask them frankly how you can improve. Then ensure that you are ready for that next promotion, and go for it.
And always remember:
Great managers are made. Not born.
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