Do you have drive, but feel like you continue to stay in the same place? Or, have you somehow lost the pace of your driving force? You still have goals and you still have ideas, but you just can’t seem to dig your heels into anything and deliver results like you used to.
Well, that’s where I have been the past six months. I still have my 3 and 5 year plans as well as my ultimate career goal, but most recently I haven’t had the gumption to get things done or, more so, a way to measure the things I was getting done.
Here’s a little background to add to my situation: I graduated with a degree in Accounting – yes, Accounting. (You probably think it’s odd for an accountant to be a “people person” and choose HR as a profession, right? There’s so much I can say about the misconception that HR is inherently a “people person” role, but I’ll save that for another post.) Back to my history… I find that I perform at my best when I am pressured or challenged. If my first accounting job, I was challenged to make the department more efficient and continue to learn so that I could move up…Touchdown! I was then challenged as an Accounting Manager to install a new billing system, manage a team of 5, continue with my work load, and make our reconciliation process cleaner…Home Run! When I was promoted to Controller, I was one of the youngest in the corporation. It’s easy to see my challenge there, right?
Now, I am in a role that challenges me in different ways, and I’m unsure of the career path to attain my goal. I’m challenged to move into new areas that are uncertain and uncomfortable. I’m challenged to make “big wins” with projects where I determine the finished product. I’m challenged to prove ROI without numbers – that’s an accountant’s worse nightmare!
In thinking about these opportunities, I see that I am still being challenged. I am still growing. And I have some great resources in my team and company leadership, professional development opportunities and professional organizations. Once the bulb light clicked on in my head, with a little help from my Team Lead, my drive goes from first gear to fifth gear overnight!
So my questions to you are:
- What fuels your drive?
- What is your destination?
- Why are you even doing what you do or working where you are if it dampens your fire?
- Are you an up and coming star or a reliable, steady worker? (There is a difference.)
Ask yourself these questions ever so often and then restructure. It’s no good to remain a Nu Professional forever.