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Are you in business for yourself or do you work outside the home? Either way, you have probably asked yourself how you can move ahead in your career or business. We can all get stuck in a rut at times and feel like we’re never going to move forward – but you can if you put your mind to it.
Do you want to earn more money? Do you want to move into a position with more responsibility or responsibilities that are more in alignment with your passions? If so, then you need to invest in yourself. You need to take actions to improve yourself so that you can move forward.
So, how do you move forward so you can advance your career or business? Here are 5 tips for self improvement that can help to advance your career or business.
Reframe the Way You Think
Sit down and reflect on how you think about yourself. Are your thoughts more positive or negative? Negative thoughts translate into your world around you. If you think negatively, your surrounding will reflect that. If you think positively, you’ll see more positivity surrounding you. For example, if you find yourself thinking a negative thought, re-frame it. Instead of thinking, “I’ll never get that promotion,” think “I need to do XYZ to put myself in a good position to get the promotion I want.” Or, instead of thinking, “My business isn’t thriving the way I want,” think “My business can only grow and get better.” One thing you can do right now to move yourself in the right direction is to set aside 5 minutes each day where you focus on things you’re grateful for.
Practice Self Care
Taking care of myself is something I really struggle with. I have a tendency to put everyone’s needs ahead of mine and my self care has really suffered from that. I am trying to focus more on taking care of myself so that I can take better care of those around me. So what do I mean by self care? I mean doing things that you love and things that nourish your body and soul. Make time for your favorite hobby, exercise, practice yoga, meditate and spend more time outdoors. As you bring more joy and self love into your life, you’ll find more positivity around you and you’ll find it easier to advance your career or business naturally.
Write Down Your Goals and Share Them
Writing down your personal and business goals is a very powerful thing. You need to have goals so you know where you’re going! You do need to take it one step further though to hold yourself accountable. If you have a job or career that you’d like to advance, share your goals with your supervisor or mentor. They can help you put your goals into an actionable plan. If you have a business, find an accountability partner to help you stay on track to meet your goals. An accountability partner is also a great person to bounce ideas off of to help you grow and strengthen your business. You can also share them with your spouse, significant other, family member, friend or anyone else that you think will provide you with support.
Read More Books
I believe that reading books has become a lost art form that needs to be revived. I used to read at least 2-4 book a month, sometimes more. Now I’m lucky to read that many books a year. I am trying to get better and find more time to read. Make a list of books in your business or career niche that you can learn from. Also add some motivational and leadership books to that list as well as some inspirational, positive thinking books. Then make a plan for how you’re going to make time to read those books. You can learn so much about how to advance your career or business by reading books!
Take an Online Leadership Course
Another way to educate yourself is by taking an online leadership course. There are tons of online courses available on all subjects and in all niches. If you’re trying to advance your career or business, Concordia University is offering a free online course called, “How to Function Above Entry Level,” that you may be interested in checking out.
This free leadership course is delivered to your email inbox, and takes about 3-4 hours over the course of a week to complete. It consists of an introductory email, three lessons, and a thank you email after course completion. In this course, you’ll experience reading material, videos, interactive polls and download journals. I like that it has a variety of learning mediums so all learning types can benefit from it.
All of the content from this free leadership course is taken from Concordia University Wisconsin’s 100% online one year Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Administration. The Functioning Above Entry Level online leadership course will help you understand your personal strengths and gain the confidence your need to boldly move forward in your career or business.
You can achieve your goals this year with the help of this free online leadership course through Concordia University! Click here to sign up for free.
What are your best tips for taking your career or home business to the next level?
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