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professional growth marathon

Professional Growth Marathon, Are You In?

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Are you seeking more from your career? What will you need to do, to plan, or to prepare? Are you ready for the professional growth marathon?

The elite weight trainer sometimes tricks his or her muscles. A lighter weight is used for more repetitions in preparation for the heavier weight advancement. Then sometimes, after warming up, he or she will skip the light weight repetitions and go for the heavier weight.

The marathon runner builds up for the distance, and perhaps months in advance, does some sprints, shorter runs going for the best time. On event day, in addition to proper diet and hydration they are about pace, not sprint.

Similar situations exist for the bicyclist, the linebacker, or the soccer star, we often call it training, practice, or camp.

Professional Growth Marathon

At your job, you may have to consider a professional growth marathon to get you to the next rung on the ladder.

Training and professional development should inspire you, challenge you, make you think, test your skills, evaluate, get feedback, and most of all grow.

The daily grind, the day in and day out is not training for the marathon, it is training for the dead end. The best way to improve your pace, to get out of your own way, to get over the obstacles, the hurdles, and rise from the trenches is not the daily grind.

You are going to have to prepare and work hard for a specific result. It may require you to think differently, change your pace, practice some push, do some pull, and of course, sometimes it may require you to sprint.

Your professional growth will never be about only surviving the daily grind. It is going to have to be about so much more.

You can’t lift a heavier weight, get a better marathon time, or bicycle faster, block better, or be on the field for 45 minutes without mixing in training that will allow you to improve. Everything else is only about going through the motions.

Action Plan

Get your training plan, create your own boot camp, do whatever it takes to get you out of the daily grind.

Sprint, lift, or pedal, and get ready for your professional growth marathon.

None of those are sustainable, but perhaps, they are all required for the climb, one rung at a time.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Can You Make Your Change Stick?

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We sometimes over estimate what can be accomplished short term, but underestimate what our daily effort will produce across time. People who want to change their life or career often make this mistake. It might be important to have the correct frame for making your change stick.

Technology has made many things faster. We can travel faster, communicate faster, and even get our food faster.

Expectations and Frame

Have you ever watched a plant grow, what about a tree? It might be hard to notice the changes each second, every minute, or during an entire day. Across time, there is significant change.

Our reference of time might have a lot to do with our progress and making your change stick. Persistence is important and although it might be hard to measure the result from day-to-day or even month-to-month, there might be positive change.

How we frame, what we see and feel, will have consequences on what we accomplish. Our expectations might be different, our motivation might change, and our habits for success might be more tenacious.

It might be hard to see the growth sometimes but that growth has much to do with our frame. Our frame has much to do with our expectations.

We shouldn’t judge the speed of McDonalds with the speed of a gourmet meal. The expectations should be quite different.

Just because we don’t see a tree growing each day doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. Across time there is significant change.

The same thing might be true for your personal changes or for your career. It might be hard to notice each day, but across time, there is big change.

What if your career lasted only 180 days, or what if it lasted 16,425? What you accomplish in 3,000 days will be different from what you accomplish in 30.

Making Your Change Stick

Yes, it might be about patience, and patience is important, but it is really about your motivation and tenacity.

What is your frame? How do you view your change? What are the expectations?

Too many people use the wrong frame. They expect the tree to bear fruit the first season.

Have the right expectations, be careful how you frame.

Make your change stick.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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How Will You Get There?

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People always insist they are taking steps, building the resources, or that they are assertively in pursuit of positive change. They think of their work, their accomplishments, helping others, building a product, a team, or an entire organization, or perhaps they have their sights set on a pay raise, a promotion, or a new job. Do they get there?

Road Closed Sign

Changing your direction, your path, or where you feel comfortable takes real effort. It also involves a lot of risk and when we take a risk we experience fear. Discomfort, risk, and fear, might make us feel a bit frustrated.

I don’t know if this new process will work, but the old way always did.

We just changed software packages and the new one is harder to use.

They moved everything in the store again, now I can’t find what I’m looking for.

Efficiency, cost savings, and productivity are the reason for much of the change we experience and being compelled to stay comfortable the question we often think but do not ask is, “who is benefitting from this change?’’ When what we should really be asking ourselves is, “how will I benefit from this change?”

Every day there are countless ways to engage, improve, and learn to be better.

How will you get there?

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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