They may be personal; they may be professional; they may be both. No one is exempt from career challenge, disappointment and even failure.
There are a variety of ways to attack these walls – some more effective than others. How you handle the walls can be a defining point in your leadership and in your career. Here are five common ways.
1. Just level it.
If the wall is causing a problem, we just need to get rid of it. It’s in our way. This approach requires nothing but mindless action. At least we know we’re doing something. We flail away at the problem with minimal success. We act with no sense of purpose or deep understanding of the outcome. But the problem can come back and transform into one big hairy monster.
2. Replay the tape.
Sometimes, we assume that all walls can be conquered with the same approach. It worked before, it should work again.We stare at it and remember last year’s plan. But all walls are different. Fresh approaches are needed and expected in today’s constant changing environment.
3. Delay, delay, delay.
The wall is in front of us, but we hope it will go away. However, it will not shrink or disappear. Rather, it will become more menacing the longer it is allowed to stand.
4. Deny, deny, deny.
We can conquer this situation; but why should we? It really is not a problem. But, we know it is. The wall creates a personal fear. We avoid the struggle. However the challenge must be engaged.
5. Climb over with the 3 A’s.
- Do an assessment. Step away and gain a clear perspective of the problem. What is the real wall I’m confronting? Why does it exist? Have I created it through my behavior?
- Then create an agenda asking these questions. How am I going to attack the wall? What are the best approaches? What is my plan?
- Finally take action. Throw procrastination out; dump denial and move forward. Your confidence is up; you understand the actions it will take; and you have prepared.
Readers, is there one or more that you automatically utilize? Does it work for you or cause you more challenges?
Career Success Tip
Believe in your ability to climb over walls. Visualize yourself dealing with a specific challenge successfully. First assume it’s possible; second rehearse doing it in your imagination; third do it; and fourth congratulate yourself and celebrate. You’ve taken charge of your life and career.
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