Are you feeling stuck in your career? Almost like it’s “Groundhog Day,” and every day is the same? It happens to everyone at some point or another. You are human after all, and humans find routines helpful and naturally gravitate toward them.
But there can also be danger in that repetitiveness, especially if you’re a leader within your organization. Repetition doesn’t always allow you to think outside your day-to-day in order to develop new ideas for yourself and your organization. Nor does it allow you to learn new skills that ultimately lead to career growth.
When you’re already stuck in a pattern, it can be hard to recognize when it’s affecting you at work, but gaining awareness is instrumental in bringing about change. So, we’ve put together a quick and easy self-assessment tool to help you better understand if you’re stuck in a loop, or if you’re working toward career and leadership growth.
These five simple questions will help you determine if you’re stagnating or growing in your career. Simply read the following statements and rank where you think you fall on the continuum.
Add up your rankings. What’s your score? Is it close to 5, or is it close to 25? If you scored high, you’re maintaining a solid growth mindset and are on a good path to growing your career. If it’s low, you’re having a hard time breaking out of your daily work routines.
Don’t fret – we have a few tips for career growth and development!
- Talk to your boss about new opportunities or projects you could work on.
- Take responsibility and offer up ideas.
- Take initiative and inspire your colleagues to up their game.
- Exercise confidence and be the first to think outside of the box.
- Spend some time reflecting on what you want for your future.
- Talk to others to get ideas.
- Be bold and try something new.
- Start with small tasks and work your way up to big things.
- Praise others for taking risks even if they fail.
- Start asking questions – talk to your boss, peers and executive leaders to see what the options are.
- Don’t wait for others to initiate conversations – take charge!
Given our experience helping organizations and leaders grow, we at WinningWise know taking these tips to heart and implementing them throughout the workday will help you evolve your career path and find further success.