If you're reading this article, I'm going to assume that you're capable. It could be because you've been promoted to a new role at work or you've reached a plateau in your career and want to improve upon it. Either way, if you're reading this right now, I'm willing to bet that mistakes could be holding back your career.
Avoiding the difficult conversations
Avoiding difficult conversations is a common mistake that capable people make. If they avoid difficult conversations with family, friends, coworkers, and clients, everything will magically work out. But this rarely happens.
The truth is that you can't avoid difficult conversations forever. Avoiding them for too long creates problems for everyone involved—you and your loved ones. It's not a healthy way to live, nor does it lead to positive outcomes in any way, shape, or form (although it may seem like it).
One of the best ways to prepare for these conversations is by taking a deep breath before diving in headfirst and having some plan ready to go beforehand, so you're not making things up on the spot when you're talking with others about what needs changing within their lives or yours!
Not asking for help.
Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Ask people you know and trust.
Ask people below your level in experience but above your skill station.
Making a significant career change without preparing.
Sometimes, you have no choice but to make a significant career change. For example, perhaps you've been laid off from your job or are unhappy with your current company's direction.
In these cases, it may not be possible for you to continue as though nothing has happened; however, even if this is the case, making a sudden move without any preparation can lead to disaster.
Preparing for a significant career change involves several steps:
Researching the field you want to enter and determining whether or not it's right for you
Networking with people who already work in that industry (and asking them about their experiences)
Putting together an action plan outlining what steps will take place after making the decision
Getting stuck in an unhealthy routine
Your body is like a machine. It needs regular maintenance and care to keep it running smoothly. A healthy routine helps you feel energized, productive and focused during the day.
While there's no one-size-fits-all stage of life that works for everyone, here are some tips for staying on track with your habits:
Set aside time each morning to prepare for the day ahead (showering/putting on makeup/brushing your teeth).
Eat breakfast—and make sure it contains protein!
Exercise at least three times per week, preferably outdoors or in a gym with good ventilation. If possible, try some weight training or cardio.
Never learn to fail fast and fail early and fail often.
On the surface, it's easy to see why someone might avoid failure. It stings, and it feels terrible. But here's the thing: failure is a learning experience you can use to your advantage.
Failure isn't always procrastination; sometimes, it's just an opportunity for growth. Let's take a look at some notable examples of people who have failed than succeeded and how they utilized their failures as part of their success stories:
Steve Jobs: The Apple founder was fired from his first company before starting Apple with Steve Wozniak. He also abandoned his daughter Lisa when she was young because she had drug problems until she died in 2009.
When asked about these incidents later on in life, he said he regretted them but didn't regret being fired or abandoning his daughter because it led him back toward success with Apple Computers Inc...
Better to be an optimist who works on and lives in reality than a pessimist who lives in a fantasy world!
If you're an optimist, this is excellent news! You have a greater chance of success and happiness than the pessimists in your life. There are many reasons why being an optimist can help you to achieve more in your career and life.
One study found that optimists were less likely to suffer from depression. Optimists also have a lower risk of heart disease and other stress-related illnesses than their pessimistic counterparts because they take better care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally.
The best part about being an optimist? We can control it—and it's worth trying out if you want to improve your day-to-day happiness levels!
The point of this blog is to emphasize that there are many mistakes you can make in your career and that it's better to be an optimist who works on and lives in reality than a pessimist who lives in a fantasy world! By following our advice above and being mindful of what you're doing with your life, you'll be on the right path toward success.