Who benefits when ambitious professional women like you get that seat at the top table?
You do, of course.
But I believe we ALL do.
The world needs women at senior levels.
And my mission is to help you get there.
In this blog, I am going to outline my Three Powerful Secrets that you can take to help you transform your career without risking burnout.
These are derived from my extensive experience operating at the highest levels in the Civil Service, added to my powerful coaching tools and techniques based on the latest neuroscience.
Together, these Secrets amount to rocket fuel for your career.
Secret One: Fulfil Your Potential - where are you going, and how are you going to get there?
To achieve your career goals, you have to know what they are. This is self-evident.
But it’s also sometimes easier said than done.
You need to spend time defining the vision of your ambition before you can plot a path to get there. Without this, you are literally aimless.
This can be done with a combination of understanding your values, defining the pros and cons of where you are now, and visualisation exercises of your desired future.
Once you’ve identified your career goal, you need to work out your plan of action to get you there.
As with all good plans, this should include short-, medium- and long- terms plans.
And these plans should work WITH the grain of who you are.
(There’s no point defining a plan that requires you to spend hours networking if you detest it.)
"We are what we repeatedly do." So said Aristotle.
To the same degree, we only achieve the goals that we repeatedly spend time on.
Tenacious consistency is the essence of success.
Without this, with the best of intentions, most people never follow-through on the big goals because they're too busy being distracted putting out the daily fires.
You need to find the systems in your working life that will enable you to drive forward along your path towards your career goal.
Secret Two: Feed Your Talent - how to make the most of who you are
There is a lack of female role models at senior levels.
This can make it difficult for women: without an effective example to follow, women can “ricochet from Margaret Thatcher to Mother Teresa in the same day”. (Jenni Hallam, a coaching colleague.)
It is vital that you take ownership of your reputation, and define exactly how you best operate in your context. If you don’t do this for yourself, others will do it for you.
Don’t let them. Own your personal brand.
Everyone needs supporters. People you can call on when the going gets tough: for advice; to help you bypass blockers; to speak up for you when you need it.
These people don’t appear by magic - they require finding and nurturing, so they are there when you need them.
It takes a village to raise a child; it takes a network to drive a career.
The evidence suggests that women underestimate their skills.
You need to objectively analyse your strengths and weaknesses, so that you can build on the former, and (where necessary) negate the latter.
It also provides you with powerful inner belief over your abilities.
If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you persuade your current or future boss of your worth?
Secret Three: Find Your Balance - use the power of modern neuroscience to thrive
Learning to thrive on stress is life-changing.
Life will always have stress in it (in fact, a bit of stress is good for you).
But as the medic who invented “stress” in the early 20th Century said, “it’s not the stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it”.
And that reaction, we can change.
The brain is amazing. Scientists now know the brain’s biological structure actually changes depending on the thoughts you think.
This means the thoughts you have most often become more likely to be repeated - like a pathway worn across a field through repeated use.
BUT - it is possible to CHANGE these neural pathways through training yourself to think different thoughts.
The grass will grow back over the old pathway, and a new path - towards calm, balance, confidence, whatever you want - will be created.
This is the power of neuroplasticity - and you can learn to harness it.
We all have that voice in our head - and sometimes it’s not that helpful.
You can learn to overcome blocks and limiting beliefs.
And you can transform that inner nagging voice into your very own personal cheerleader.
Learning how to do this is life-changing. And career-changing.
So there you have it: Three Secrets to Transform Your Career - without struggling with stress of risking burnout.
I have developed a FREE webinar that explains these steps further - this will be taking place next Sunday 24th March at 7.30pm GMT.
This is a fantastic opportunity to hear me go into more detail about these steps and why they matter, so you can put them into practice in your own career. There will also be a chance to ask questions at the end.
I look forward to seeing you there!