Hey, are you making progress with your life or does it seem as if your life and career are going around the same circle. Does this sound like you? Well I can relate with that because once upon a time my life and career felt like they were going nowhere.
Cheer up, there are ways out of that career rut.
7 Simple Things To Boost Your Life and Career
#1. Get active in a Social Networking group
Yes, you need to meet people offline and online. You do not just join a group, you need to put in the effort and energy to become active and known within the group.
If you are a professional, then become active within your professional network. And if there are no professional networks near you, a good place to get connected with other professionals online is through LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. The platform has set itself a mission of ‘connecting the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. So join LinkedIn today. Read my Personal Branding with LinkedIn blog post for more on how to get the best from LinkedIn.
#2. Have a Personal Website
If you are reading this post online, chances are you are on my personal website. And if you are not, please visit to avail yourself of some of my leadership and personal development resources.
Your personal website is your online property and the cost of having one is coming down everyday.
The first place people will check you out is online and your personal website gives you the opportunity to control what people find out about you.
Click to read my Five good reasons why you should have a personal website blog post.
#3. Reach out to a coach or mentor
To improve your chances of success and to reach heights even you cannot imagine in your career, business or personal life, you will benefit from the services of a coach.
As you may know, the success of coaching and coaches is more visible in the arena of sports. From the field of business to politics, top salesmen and statesmen like top athletes employ the services of highly trained professionals to reach the top of their game. Why don’t you do the same?
And if you cannot afford the services of a paid coach, find someone who will coach you for free.
Click here to read some of the other options available to you for choosing an accountability partner.
#4. Start something on the side
There are a range of things you can get involved in with your free time. And if you have no free time, then consider giving up some of your movies and television hours in exchange for starting something on the side.
So here are 3 things you can do in your spare time to make yourself more valuable:
- Do some voluntary work
- Learn a new language or skill
- Start a small business
I am an employer and I would rather my employees spend their spare time doing something constructive and productive such as any of the three things mentioned above than watching television. Click to read more.
#5. Be a can-do person. Fight procrastination!
The battle against procrastination is a never-ending one. There is more to procrastination than being lazy. As a mafter of fact, it has nothing to do with being lazy as people who procrastinate in one or more areas of their life are very productive in many other areas.
Recognise your tendency to procrastinate and take the necessary action to overcome it.
There are also other productivity and time thieves such as diversions, distractions and the many hours lost to wandering thoughts and daydreaming. This can add up to missed deadlines, slow progress on projects and an overall lack of growth for you and your business.
#6. Put the word out that you would like a promotion or a career change
Just imagine how you would feel if you arrived at work on Day 1 and your boss told you that your dream job had been offered to someone else and the reason or explanation given was that “we didn’t think you would be interested”.
Many of us like to believe that our managers and colleagues spend their time thinking about us and about how they can create opportunities for our advancement. Not so my friend. They are thinking about themselves and how to succeed in their own roles. To come up on their radar when opportunities arise, you need to let them know well before hand that you are interested in promotions or jobs in other departments.
There are subtle ways you can let people in your social network know that you are interested in specific opportunities without alarming your current employers.
Your LinkedIn profile and personal website are two of the places you can let the world know about what you have to offer.
Do make your interests known within your organisation as well. Instead of hinting and hoping, spell out exactly what you want or wish for.
#7. Create new personal development habits
For success in work, business and life, you need to develop good habits. If these habits help you along the path of personal development, then you are on the road to success.
Let me share with you 5 personal development habits that you need to consider developing:
- Sleep early and wake up early
- Learn to be positive
- Take time to relax
- Have a plan
- Step out of your comfort zone
The title of this post contains the phrase “simple things”.
Having now completed the post, I realised that some of my suggestions require some time and mental effort on your path and as such you may not think that they are simple.
Not to worry. Just choose one that you can easily implement and see the resultant boost in your career and personal life.
Don’t forget to sign up for my LinkedIn webinar coming up on the 24th of November 2016.