Why haven’t you achieved the level of success you wanted from your career? You may feel like you’ve been working immensely hard, slaving away behind a desk and meeting your deadlines, only to end up in the same spot as you were a year ago — feeling drained, tired, and stuck.
What if there was one thing, one attitude switch, that could help you achieve the career success you’ve been after? Without even realizing it, you might be holding yourself back.
Adam Brantley, former entrepreneur and current executive career coach at Building Champions, says that there’s one missing link he sees in many of his clients who struggle to achieve their dreams.
“I think what people are missing is self-leadership,” Brantley explained in a phone interview. “By self-leadership, I mean putting yourself first. How are you taking care of yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually?”
Brantley says that he always makes sure to maintain an overall sense of wellness outside of his career before he tackles what’s going on inside his career. Only then is he fully equipped to propel himself towards success. An investment in yourself is an investment in your career. And it’s important to take the time to spend on that.
He recommends thinking about balancing your mind, body, and spirit.
“It could be spending time with friends, keeping your finances in check, or prioritizing something spiritual. Whatever it is for you!” he said. “Taking the time to do that will help produce career success in the long-term.”
If you neglect to allot this time in your week, it can be a huge pitfall. Brantley says his clients who don’t prioritize well-being don’t get the chance to slow down and look at the big picture.
“There are so many folks who think that chasing a career is just hopping on a hamster wheel and running, running, running,” Brantley explained. “They end up burning out and they don’t know why.”
But your career is not a rat race. It takes, in this coach’s words, “giving yourself space to breathe, knowing who you are, and taking time to think.” Allowing yourself this pause helps you refocus on your vision. You have to know where you’re going to get there. And if you’re caught up in the minutiae of everyday tasks and constant business, you’re more likely to lose sight of what you really want.
Plus, Brantley points out, “People want to be around healthy people.” You’re more likely to experience success in your environment at work if you’re well taken care of and uplifting to be around.
“The healthier you are,” Brantley explained, “the better career success and judgment calls you’re going to make. You’re just sharper.”
There is one caveat to this “put yourself first” mentality. Brantley says that while prioritizing self-care is important, it’s equally important to prioritize others and their success — however counterintuitive that may sound.
“The dividends come back around,” he said. “The benefit is huge.”
You get back from the world the energy that you put out. If your values involve helping and supporting your colleagues, it will pay off in the end.
“I’ve seen it with my past career before coaching, in people who say, ‘I’m confident in who I am and I’m going to help other people succeed,’” he recalled. “In the long term, it actually helps them succeed.”
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