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Top 10 Ways to Light a Fire Under Your Career

By Shelley

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Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the melting snow, blooming flowers and birds serenading their siren song of...

Spring cleaning.

Just like a home needs to be cleared to free up space and energy, so, too, does every successful career need a good spring cleaning to make room for the new opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

So if you want to make your career red-hot, these 10 approaches can clear the space and create the spark.

1. Tough Self-Love

For genuine, lasting career advancement, look in the mirror and ask yourself:

• Overall, is work enjoyable? Does it provide enough money to enjoy life AND save for the future?
• What's the best way to get on an employer's or client's radar AND stand out in an overcrowded pack?
• Is it time to "fire" that troublesome client despite losing the revenue? What's the potential fallout? Is that fallout manageable?
• Is it time to take a real stand with a colleague, client or boss, regardless of the consequences?

2. Clean Sweep

A cluttered workspace is a creativity and productivity killer. Clear space equals clear thinking. It also saves time finding things and makes a good impression on clients, colleagues, customers and the boss. Ten minutes is all it takes.

3. Get Smart

Staying relevant in today's technology-fueled world requires people to evolve on the fly. Lack of knowledge can be a deal-breaker for some clients, customers and bosses. Approaching technology and professional development from a position of curiosity instead of education makes it more enjoyable and less like "work."

4. Don't Force Yourself to Figure out Life's Purpose…let it Flow

And don't let not knowing your life's purpose prevent you from making smart career moves. This mindset does two things: removes pressure from decision-making and supports a flexible approach because you're not constrained by a prearranged plan.

5. Make the Most of Things

There's a big difference between settling and making the most of a situation. Settling encourages stagnation, while accepting added responsibilities for future benefit, for example, is being strategic. This approach challenges the mind and allows for the mastery of new skills, which results in clarity and confidence when making career moves.

6. Take a Vacation

Too much focus can be counterproductive. Whether it's a week in Mexico or a day away from home, a change of pace and scenery isn't just fun, it allows the brain to problem solve subconsciously and effortlessly.

7. Sell Yourself

When you're updating a resume or home page it's best not to "leave things to the imagination." Using numbers to document performance makes an impression. "Managed a team of 6 and increased sales by 20%" is more impressive than "Managed a team of 6."

8. It Really Should Have Stayed in Vegas

It's a world where anyone can get the lowdown on anyone. Why sabotage a current or future career? Potential clients and employers frequently use Google to help make hiring decisions. What will they find? Save the racy photos and off-color remarks for "friends only."

9. Do Something Dangerous

Try public speaking, volunteer to lead a team, write a spontaneous proposal to the boss or invite a big name to collaborate. Being courageous provides accelerated personal growth, which results in new and unexpected opportunities.

10. R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Finding a respected mentor can supercharge a career. Be selective. Taking bad advice sinks a career just as fast as not taking any advice. Avoiding pitfalls, having a sounding board and learning from others' mistakes are just a few benefits an experienced mentor provides.


When it comes to lighting a fire under your career it's all about making a habit of daily, incremental steps over the long run that lead not merely to a recharged career, but to one that's on fire.

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Sharing your Leadership Journey,

Shelley Cox

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