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Overcome the resistance from within to take that next big step in career.
Is there some task or project you’ve been doing your creative best to avoid working on? If there is any such task, then instead of wasting mental energy worrying about it, you can learn to overcome your resistance and tackle important, high-value tasks quickly and efficiently so that whatever your goals, you’ll move forward faster.
What you’re resisting
If you’re looking for a job, maybe you’re dragging your feet over networking or practising your interviewing skills. On the job, perhaps you’re putting off calling that unhappy customer or having a difficult conversation about an employee’s performance. Or maybe you’re hesitating over taking the first steps toward kicking off that career change.
Is it important?
Ask yourself where the task or project you’re avoiding fits into your roles, responsibilities and goals.
We most commonly resist tasks vital to success in our job, job search or career change. Such resistance holds us back from getting what we want. One of my job search clients was the perfect example. Feeling shy about selling herself and fearing rejection, this client had put off following up on referrals she had gathered from friends. After I held her accountable for making those calls, some of those initial leads led to informational meetings, further referrals and an eventual job.
If you typically avoid repetitive or administrative tasks, like filling out expense reports, following up on customer-service surveys or replying to e-mails, delegate them or get them done another way before they become bigger issues.
Should you do it?
If you repeatedly resist doing tasks that are central to your job, you might have a bigger and different problem altogether.
Another client who had recently been transferred into a sales role resisted making her sales calls. We soon discovered the real issue ? that she was in the wrong job. Happily, she was able to transfer into a more suitable account management role. If this scenario sounds familiar, determine whether your resistance is really due to a poor job fit.
Why you’re resisting
Common reasons include lack of clarity about the next step, poor work habits, operating out of your comfort zone and fear. If you understand the root cause, you can start to do something about it. Use these techniques:
• Work within a structure. For example, use the first hour of your day to tackle whatever you’re resisting.
• Determine the next, specific action, and do it.
• Break daunting work into small steps. Start the first step now.
• Overcome fear, inertia or shyness by putting your resistance in perspective. The importance of your job search, earning a living or performing well far outweigh any real or imagined consequences that could result from these reasons for resisting.
Of course, resistance can be a good thing if taking immediate action could have negative consequences. Say you’re angry about how your manager treats you, and you want to get that anger off your chest. Spouting off to the boss the first chance you get could jeopardise your living. Instead, find a safer way to vent your anger, like confiding in a friend. Then develop strategies to address the real problem.
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