There are a lot of people in this world that have been waiting on a promotion for a long time. I used to be one of those. I continually worried myself about moving up the ladder of success. I’ve worked quite a few jobs, performing a variety of tasks. But, here I am, 46 years-old and have learned the pathway to advancement and I want to share what I have learned about the steps to promotion.
My desire is for you to learn from my experiences and from what I have found out by watching others remain stuck in their positions. If you will take the information I’m about to share with you and apply it to your situation, you may not become top dog at your company, but you will be in much better position for your climb to a better life.
If you feel stuck in your present position in the workplace, work these techniques into your approach:
1) Stop complaining.
This one is first because it is the toughest. It is so easy to complain about not enough money, or somebody else received the promotion that should have gone to you, or I’m tired of working these hours. Our complaints are one of the biggest contributors to our lack of advancement. We find anything and everything to complain about.
We wake up in the morning and dread going to work. ‘I wish I didn’t have to go into that place today.’ ‘I dread what I’m going to have to do or who I’m going to have to deal with.’ That feeling of dread, that doom-and-gloom attitude will bring us down quicker than anything.
We must change our attitude if we want to move up. Stop complaining about everything. There is no room for complainers at the top. When you get up in the morning, make up your mind that it’s going to be a good day. Make up your mind that whatever you must do on the job will turn out great, simply because you have developed a positive attitude. Make up your mind that you won’t allow anyone to deter you from this new outlook with their snide remarks and childish behavior.
Whether you realize it or not, your boss is as concerned about your attitude as much as, if not more, than your work. So, cheer up, think positive, and speak positive.
2) No matter what you do, do it to the very best of your ability.
When you do just enough to get by, your supervisors are taking notice and look at you as someone who doesn’t care. And someone who doesn’t care will not be moving into any position of authority or influence. They will remain right where they have been unless they are shown the door. When you put your all into a task or project, you are demonstrating a desire to see your company succeed. You are proving to the people around you that you care about the quality of your work, which is a direct indication of the quality of life you want to live. Give it your all and you will be rewarded.
3) Show respect to the people around you.
Don’t talk about others who work for the same company and run them into the ground. Don’t allow the rumor mill to be fueled by your tales of discontent and revenge. Speak up and defend your co-workers. Lend a hand if they need help. Don’t spread anger and spite for your supervisors simply because they made a decision that you didn’t like. Get over it and move on. Whether you are dealing with co-workers at ground level or the CEO of the company, display the same amount of respect to both. Goodness begets goodness, mercy begets mercy, and respect begets respect.
4) Let it be known, through your actions and your appropriate conversations with management that you are open and willing to learn new things.
That shows them that you have incentive to succeed. They want to know that you want to build the company rather than just build your checking account. A company can only grow as much as its employees are willing to grow. Your willingness to learn demonstrates growth possibility in you. When asked about work-related ideas or your plans in the future of the company, be honest. If you are looking to stick around and advance, tell them that. They want to know who is in it for the long haul.
5) Finally, become a problem solver.
If there are issues that you may have noticed concerning your job or something around you, don’t be afraid to approach a supervisor and be straight with them; ‘Hey, there is a problem with this machine over here and I may know a way that it can be fixed efficiently without calling in a specialist.’ Try that type of approach. If you can demonstrate a willingness to help the company while saving them money, you have become a problem-solver. That makes you important to the success of the team. You become an asset rather than an instigator.
These actions have been invaluable to me. I have been working for a company for seven years and done everything that has been asked of me. But I have not always been the easiest person to get along with. And I have come close to quitting several times.
But things changed recently because I changed my approach. I was offered a promotion to a position that I knew nothing about and had no desire to even attempt. I was angry for the way the ‘opportunity’ was presented to me and I complained like a big baby.
So, I came to a decision. It occurred to me that I wasn’t giving this a chance. I had been told repeatedly that I had a lot of potential for growth in our company. So, I made up my mind that I was going to go into this new position with a new attitude. I decided to attack this job, head-on. So I determined to learn everything I could and grow quickly in knowledge and performance. I did it. Yes, I put my all into it. I stopped complaining about the way it was presented to me. Also, I showed respect for everyone I encountered, both co-workers and customers.
Then, wouldn’t you know, after about two months I was offered another promotion with a substantial raise. This position was something I was familiar with and the opportunity excited me. I firmly believe that had my attitude not changed two months earlier, I would not have moved up to where I was truly happy.
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy in this world. We can talk ourselves out of anything; happiness, peace, job satisfaction, and dreams. If you want to move up in this life, you must rise above a status-quo mentality. Stop thinking and acting as if ‘doing just enough to get by’ is good enough. Living a better life requires an attitude of excellence. You can do it, if you want to. Give these steps a try. You don’t have to do it all at once. Shucks start with one step per week and work your way through the other four. I dare you!
About the Author
Scott Evans. I am a pastor, author, teacher, Life Coach, father, and grandfather. My desire is to assist others in growing spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. I aim to lead people to be successful in every area of this multi-faceted contraption called life. Success is preceded by planning and planning is preceded by a stable mindset. I want to help individuals achieve this success in all the above-mentioned areas. I have published three books and multiple positions, both secularly and religiously.
My personal blog – https://pastorscott40.blogspot.com/