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3 Ways to Boost Your Confidence with a Plan

 

small-girl-soccerNo one can deny that in order to succeed at anything you need a plan.  How many times have you attempted to accomplish something without a plan only to discover that your efforts weren’t successful?  In the theatre world this would be the script.  Can you imagine an actor stepping on the stage for a performance without a script? Even improvisational theatre has a loosely structured plan to follow.  In business, however, I often hear from clients who are amazed that their efforts didn’t amount to anything or their well-intentioned efforts failed.  The saddest complaint is when the individual’s career has plateaued and they don’t know why. The answer usually lies in the fact that they had never created a development plan for their career.  That plan should include measurable metrics, a vision, and a solid network to access.  

How does having a plan boost your confidence?  Preparing a plan forces you to select the steps you need to take to make it happen.  The plan starts to shape your “script” and sets your course for moving forward.  With a few steps in place your confidence meter starts to rise.  Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

1) Make a plan – The most overlooked part of setting goals is ironically the process of setting theIt’s not about the goal in and of itself but about the purpose and clarity it gives to your actions.  The fundamental value in coaching is not whether you reach the goal as much as it is in refining and bringing clarity to your actions. You may find that the direction changes and new goals appear.  Outline your goals by assessing these3 areas:

  • Overall Health and Well-Being Goals – If you’re not taking care of you the rest of your goals don’t matter. 
  • Short Term Goals – determine your strengths and select the necessary skills for your development. 
  • Long Term Goals – career development – If you could create your perfect career future, what would it look like?

2) Strategic networking - know how to continually access your network:

  • Start with the end in mind and reverse engineer your targets
  • Enlist the help of any productive partnerships or mentors you’ve had.

3) Present your best self and speak with authority:

  • Practice good listening skills.
  • Have a clear core message or “pitch”.
  • Use open-ended, facilitative questions.

As a moderator at a recent conference, the theme was focused on encouraging risk-taking, finding champions, and expressing missions.  These concepts are critical for thriving and prospering whether a small business owner or an internal contributor. 

My takeaway from the day was the importance of having a plan. Not necessarily a business plan but a plan! You can’t take action and move forward without a clear plan that aligns with your personal vision and purpose.   Planning your work and working your plan, sets the wheels in motion for taking risks, finding champions/mentors and expressing your personal direction.

Oh, and by the way - stop and celebrate your success along the way and most importantly track the challenges that led to breakthroughs.  We’ve been conditioned that getting the “A” is the most important thing when equally as important is learning from our mistakes, took a detour, and possibly fumbled along the way.  These admissions will get you back on your personal success track, get you closer to your goals and ultimately boost your confidence.

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I help individuals, teams and organizations enhance communications and improve executive presence by providing strategies for management and leadership development, career growth, and work/life balance.

My expertise is helping women in transition give VOICE to their work and life. The acronym VOICE addresses Values, Opportunity, Individuality, Commitment and Empowerment. If you’re ready to get vocal and have a clear plan in place for your sales and marketing strategy, develop leadership skills, know who you are as a leader, then connect with WorkLife for Women and be heard.

Our core competencies in personal development use an array of assessment technologies to realign individual performance through an understanding of passion, and strengths and motivations.

I have had the distinct pleasure of working with several individuals and organizations including The Columbus Dispatch, KBW Inc., Medical Mutual of Ohio, Nationwide Insurance, Nationwide Children's Hospital, New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center, NetJets, Yale-New Haven Hospital, The Ohio State University Department of Continuing Education, NARMS, The Limited, Pratt & Whitney, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Action for Children.





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