Make Power Moves
A power move is doing something that’s challenging (and maybe scary) but makes a large impact on your career or gets you closer to a goal. – Talia Koren, Outreach Specialist and Freelance writer.
It’s the best definition I have seen for power moves.
One of the craziest things about the nature of power moves is that they seem counterintuitive. Here are a few of those things that that make power moves power moves.
- Ask for help. Let’s face it. We don’t know it all. We can’t fake knowing it all. And most of us work in environments that don’t require us to know it all or even go at it alone. Time is money and if you are spending a great deal of time on small tasks or tasks that you are having a hard time with, then you or the business are losing money. Get help. This is me. I am struggling with this now but it’s coming to a head and I’m about to buy books, webinars and tutors to get me through a specific challenge at work.
- Just do it. What are you putting off? What are your goals and aspirations? If you haven’t made progress toward those goals, then what are you waiting for? Remember, what you think is secure and comfortable (like your current job) can be gone tomorrow. A new leader can come in and restructure. The economy crashes and people are laid off. Tragedies of all kinds can strike. Then what? Comfort is a 4-letter word. Get started even if you think you’re not ready.
- Get advice from the successful. You should already have a mentor and a sponsor. And, even very successful people have coaches. Who is successfully doing what you want to do. If it’s someone at work, ask for an informational interview. Make an appointment. Pay for coffee. Pick their brain. Is there someone in your industry you admire? Send them an email. Ask them how they did it. If they don’t respond, no harm no foul. You lost nothing. Imagine the win fall if they do respond and share tips and stories with you that can inspire and motivate you?
- Let some things go. Shorten your to do list by delegating or just letting a few things go. Sometimes we are wasting time on things that aren’t going to move us forward. Are you on a board of directors that’s going nowhere? Resign. Are you on a committee at work that is inefficient or more entry level? Ask someone who is learning the ropes to attend instead. Make sure it’s ok with the bosses, but frame it as giving someone else a chance to learn about the issues.
These things seem counterintuitive but no. They are creating a space for you to move ahead. They are connecting you to people who can help you on a greater scale. It’s the end of the year. Set some SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time sensitive. I have challenges with all of these things too but every day I do something to move me forward. #powermovemonday #solutionsnotresolution. You got this.