“So many people have big goals for the future. I think it’s better to know what your perfect day looks like. Then you can ask yourself with each opportunity and choice: Is this getting me closer or further away?”
If you get a “maybe,” make sure you’re clear on what next steps are. It’s okay to say something like, “Could I plan to check back with you when we meet on the 20th?” If the answer is no, this is a perfect opportunity to ask, “Can you tell me what you think it would take for me to earn a raise in the future? A decent manager should be able to explain to you what you’d need to do to earn more.
A pause creates space to start paying attention and ask yourself a few questions to access your results: Are you focused or distracted? Why? It’s an opportunity to analyze every task or action, and identify items you can move around, delegate or even stop working on right away if they're not helping you get closer to your goals.
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If you feel like you're influencing others for the wrong reasons, ask: How am I drawing attention to myself, and away from others? What is the organization missing while it’s focusing on me? If my company relies on me too much, what happens if I need a break, or become ill, or want to do something different? What do I do when I don’t know what to do and have not built up others to contribute? What do I do when all my old tricks of charisma or being “smart” don’t suit some future challenge? What happens if my moral compass becomes shaky, or if I did not develop one before becoming the charismatic leader everyone adores? If I have created this reliance on me, who will help me recognize this and change?