I've coached a lot of folks who wanted to be offered a new position or promotion. Managers that wanted to be directors, directors that wanted to be VPs, and VPs who wanted to escape the rat race and start their own companies (like that's really escaping anything!). We all have our reasons for wanting to be or become some role or acheive a certain level of success.
I often suggest a focus on being it today. If you are a manager and want to be a director, act and think like a director. Doing this serves a couple purposes:
First, the decision makers around you will begin seeing you in the new role. This is good.
Second, if you want something for the wrong reasons, or think you want it but don't, this assignment will reveal this. For example, I have known several people who wanted promotions for primarily the money and title. This is not a strong enough reason to go for a higher level job where people and the company are relying on you to be a great leader. It is irresponsible, in fact.
"Being it today" is very energizing when your goal is a good match for what intrinsically motivates you!
Only 2 more days left for Teams Y and Z. It is hard to believe we are on day 13!
The Theme for Day 13 is Being it Today
Here is a portion of the email I sent teams J and K:
This is one of my favorite days of the program (the request blitz is my favorite). You have had some time to explore and play around with your goal, but are you being it?
If your goal is to build a successful business - are you thinking and acting like a successful business person?
If your goal is to finish your book, are your thinking and acting like an author?
If your goal is to get a great new job/contract job, are you thinking and acting like the most successful folks who hold this job?
Create and take on the persona that will serve your goals!
Think about beliefs, habits, associations, and style. This is something you can have fun with. Also, start calling yourself by your expertise.
How about you?
“I am an entrepreneur in the area of online business development.”
“I am professional leader.”
Send a note to your team saying who you are being.........
“Be the change you you wish to see in the world.” Ghandi
Approach Monday with your head held high and ready to conquer the world!