Create Your Own Space
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky
My mantra this year has been, “the answer is always no unless you ask.” If you are like me, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. However, once you take the leap, it gets easier and easier. For today’s power move, I invite you to create your own space.
I know what it’s like to feel a little bored at work or even stuck. If you’re anything like me, you always want to be challenged. You want to learn new things and try to new approaches, not just for the betterment of your job, but for your own betterment.
Harvard Medical School researchers are finding that the adult human brain has a great potential for learning even as adults. Challenging our brains by learning a new skill and exercising can lead new neuro-connections that may help against cognitive decline like dementia and depression.
So I am going to recommend one simple thing to create your own space and potentially keep your brain healthy. Write your own job description, literally. I’m serious. Take the job description you were hired to do and rewrite it or write a new one.
I know what you’re thinking. I can’t do that. Say’s who? All that your boss or HR can say is no. But consider the possibility that someone in authority might say yes. For a rewrite, you do have to think about what tasks you need to keep no matter what. Is there a junior staff person at your job who would like to learn more and would enjoy doing one of the major tasks that you are tired of. And what tasks would you like to take on that will enhance your portfolio and help you learn something new?
Now a completely new job description is a bolder proposition. You would essentially be leaving your old position and asking your boss to create a new job for you. What are the trends in your industry that have created gaps? Can you fill one of those gaps?
Remember, there are no guarantees. You may end up right back where you started. But the risk is well worth it. And as I have said in previous power moves, you may just have to say peace to the old job and find the company or institution with the job description you wrote.
#powermovemonday #solutionsnotresolutions You got this!