Success in American culture is often defined by things like how much money you make, the prestige of your career or the size of your home. These are all external markers of success. A promotion at work is another example of this.
Imagine this: Your supervisor calls you into their office, congratulates you on a job well done and offers you more money, benefits, more responsibility, a supervisory role, additional impact or power in the organization etc. Often times, the promotion is intended to capitalize on your greatness, keep you at the company and keep you engaged in your work. But, in the flurry of excitement over this external validation, did you consider what you really want from your professional life or consider how this external promotion fits into your life’s aspirations?
I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of an internal promotion for my clients in 2014. What if you decided what you really wanted in life – a career that you are passionate about, time to enjoy your family, your personal interests, maintain your health, enjoy nature etc. and then gave yourself permission for a promotion (all this stuff) to make it happen!
Coaching offers support for those inspired and dedicated to creating an extraordinary life and those looking for give themselves an internal promotion – full of all the things they really want, and none of the ‘perks’ they don’t care about. Life does not operate in a linear fashion and yet you are always presented with a choice as to which direction you want to head. This year, make yourself a priority and give yourself the internal promotion you deserve!
Deborah Tyson is Boston-based Career Transition Coach. Learn more at mobilizecoaching.com.