You’re an accountant or other professional.
You have got your professional qualifications.
You do good work.
Yet you are not making the kind of progress that you know you should in your career.
Sadly this is a lot more common than it might seem.
When I was delivering a webinar almost two-thirds of people of the accountants on the webinar felt their career was stagnating.
Interestingly, it was often mindset that was an issue.
Here’s the thing.
- We all have our doubts.
- We all know that our thinking impacts on our decisions.
- Our decisions impacts on our actions.
- And our actions impact on our results.
Something I’ve noticed over the years is that it isn’t necessarily the smartest or even the most experienced that go the furthest in their career.
It’s those who are ready to push beyond the self doubt.
Those who find ways of dealing with their self doubt.
I know when I reflect in my time in accounting where I climbed the career ladder from Payments Clerk to Finance Director that I wasn’t the best accountant.
What I had was what I would call professional curiosity.
By that I mean I was continually asking myself if I could really do the role at the next level.
And the only way I could do that was by applying, getting the role and going through the discomfort of struggling, at least initially, with those areas that were new.
It was also about accepting that it would be a struggle and acknowledging the progress that I was making.
So here’s three things to ask yourself if you are stagnating in your career:
- What you want to achieve in the next stage of your career?
- What bridges can you use to move forward?
- What action can you take?